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Officials collect public input for improving transit systems

Local transit leaders are listening to suggestions that might help improve and combine the city's and KU's bus systems.

December 10, 2008

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The next transit open house is set for 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Input also may be submitted online at getonthebuslawrence.org.

Bill Reynolds insists on tight financial oversight.

Stephanie Russell hopes more people climb aboard.

And Tai Edwards? All she wants is the public to get more involved in the future of transportation on Mount Oread and throughout Lawrence, the next stop in an accelerating the public-transportation push powered by last month’s passage of increased sales taxes to preserve and enhance transit services.

“Saving it was good. That made people aware,” said Edwards, a Kansas University graduate student. “Now it’s a matter of fixing it.”

And that’s the goal of officials from KU and the city of Lawrence, who are working together to gather public input for improving — and perhaps combining — KU on Wheels with the city’s service, known as the T.

Edwards, Russell and Reynolds joined more than a dozen others who stopped by an open house Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Kansas Union, where transportation officials were available to answer questions, provide background, and solicit and accept complaints, ideas and suggestions for the future of the two systems.

Reynolds, retired Lawrence postmaster, gave organizers a comprehensive challenge. “We need a system that’s more efficient and more economical,” he said, “as opposed to just saying, ‘Now that we’ve got five-and-a-half million bucks, wow, how do we spend it?’ …

“I think the city needs to start from the ground up.”

Comments

bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

wow, only two comments on this story?I hope for a better turnout at the thursday forum! it is critical that the weaknesses in the current system get identified, and goals for the future system get communicated. Thanks Busguy, I know you criticized continuing the system. and some of your concerns I agree with about the current fixed-route. now that we have the system continuing to live, let's treat the patient since we're not going to kill him. thanks ljworld for publicizing these forums. better weather on thursday should help.

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alm77 5 years, 4 months ago

We voted for it, now go fill out the form! Let your voice be heard!!getonthebuslawrence.org

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 4 months ago

At least discussion is taking place. That is a start.

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