KU on Wheels is taking public comments on route changes that would help the bus system reduce its more than $300,000 operating deficit.
An increase in the required campus fee each student pays is expected to cover a sizable portion of the operating deficit, as is growth in use. However, a portion will likely need to come from price increases or expense cuts. On the table for discussion are changes to five routes.
¢ The 31st and Iowa route would end at the Park and Ride lot. A new bus would take riders to the main campus.
¢ The 24th and Ridge Court route would be merged with the Naismith/Oliver Route. A portion of the route would be eliminated.
¢ The Downtown route would be merged with the Second and Michigan route, ending service to Northwinds Apartment and to this route's service of Daisy Hill.
¢ The 15th and Crestline route would visit parts of West Campus periodically throughout the day, but not every time.
¢ The Night Campus Express route would eliminate service to Daisy Hill and the Student Recreation Center.