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City, KU to discuss merging bus system

May 14, 2008

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City may combine transit services with KU

As the city's bus system fights for survival, the mayor is looking to save 'The T.' A meeting with KU officials could keep the wheels rolling on the city's bus system. Enlarge video

Mayor Mike Dever and other city leaders are scheduled to meet with Kansas University leaders today to discuss the feasibility of operating a merged public transit system.

Dever and other commissioners have said that figuring out a way to merge the city's public transit system with KU's student transit system may be the key to maintaining public transit service in the community.

Commissioners are trying to figure out how to deal with a projected $1 million shortfall in funding for the T system. Dever said at the commission's Tuesday evening meeting that he wants to explore whether combining the two systems would create enough efficiencies to reduce the projected financial shortfall.

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JerryStubbs 6 years, 7 months ago

The KU buses are really big. Maybe they fill up during peak times, but usually they are even more empty than the smaller T buses. I don't know if the even smaller 'Chevy Van' type buses are that much more economical; they probably aren't as durable. If there is any route overlap, they probably ought to consolidate them.

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