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Riders can share KU, city buses

June 25, 2008

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City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a plan that will make it easier for area residents to ride either city or Kansas University-operated transit bus.

Commissioners praised a proposal that would allow KU students to ride the T for free if they show a KU ID. City residents who have purchased a T bus pass also would be able to ride the university buses for no fare.

The new system would begin Aug. 18 when KU's fall semester begins.

Comments

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 7 months ago

Confrontation,There's no such thing as a KU bus pass any more. The students voted last year to pay a higher transportation fee so all students can ride.Jonathan KealingOnline editor (and former KU reporter)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

As a permanent policy, this wouldn't work. But as a temporary measure that begins a merger of the two systems, it's a good first step.

jafs 6 years, 7 months ago

I think this is a big mistake.The "T" already collects a smaller percentage of it's operating costs from fares than most other public bus systems.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks KU and City Commissioners for working together on this all important matter. KU on Wheels is all over this town and runs late into the night.Gas Prices Promote Surge in Mass Transithttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/10/business/10transit.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1214389211-6j7Kyore8TAXymo6w9WnhANow if only USD 497 would become part of the community and make this work for public school students. Passes would be bargain if gas were at $2.49 a gallon.

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

This appears to mean that any KU student can use the T, regardless of whether they have a KU bus pass. Interesting.

mom_of_three 6 years, 7 months ago

My junior high and high school kids do ride the T home from school, but the bus schedules would have to accomodate the school dismissal schedules better for more students to utilize the T. The T runs by Lawrence high several minutes after the bell rings, so the students have to be on the ball. If they don't catch that one, then they can walk to 23rd street, and wait until the next one goes by in about 30 minutes. Wednesday early dismissal for junior highs makes it more difficult also.

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the information, JKealing. That makes more sense now!

jafs 6 years, 7 months ago

Given the miserably low mileage that the buses get (about 6mpg, if that), it would require vastly larger numbers of riders to merely break even with individuals driving their own cars (which get 3x+) the mileage, especially with the dopey routes/schedules.We have looked into using the buses to get to/from work - it would require going the wrong way to downtown, waiting 20 minutes for a transfer, and then going to work. The whole trip would take about 45 minutes - it takes 10-15 to drive.Our cars get about 20mpg - more than 3x the buses.Until they improve the routes/schedules, we'll continue to drive, thank you.And, I have made my comments/suggestions known to Mr. Galante, the fellow in charge of the buses. I suggested that simply routing buses along major streets in both directions would be more efficient, and encourage more ridership.He doesn't seem to have been interested in that idea.Even environmentally, I believe we're doing better to drive our own cars.And, btw, we have looked into using the bus system from several different locations - none have been feasible.

Boston_Corbett 6 years, 7 months ago

Looks like HawkperchedbytheRiver is looking for a free handout. Just like the homeless he complains about. I say as long as he can afford his internet access, he can pay for a bus fare.

sittinthefence 6 years, 7 months ago

Jonathanhttp://www.kuonwheels.ku.edu/buspass.shtmlBus passes are still needed until the fall semester starts on August 21st.

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 7 months ago

Slit,Oh yeah, I know. I was more commenting on the specific point raised in the story. The new policy goes into effect with the new fall semester, hence no need for bus passes.

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