Now that they have the public’s commitment to spend money, transportation leaders are seeking Lawrence residents’ ideas for combining the community’s two largest transit systems.
Officials from the city of Lawrence and Kansas University will convene two open houses next month to collect public input for combining the T and KU on Wheels:
• 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Big 12 Room at the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Free parking will be allowed during the meeting at the adjacent Mississippi Street parking garage. By bus, the union is accessible from any KU on Wheels route or by using the T’s route 8.
• 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The library is accessible using several routes on the T, and is a two-block walk from a stop on KU on Wheels’ route 25.
The events will give organizers a chance to gather input on key issues, including route planning and scheduling; vehicle options; the mission of transit in the community; policies; service areas; and strengths and weaknesses of current transit systems.
The open houses will not include formal presentations. Participants will be able to ask questions of organizers, and then will be asked to complete worksheets designed to gather input to help guide efforts to combine and improve the two systems.
Beginning Wednesday, members of the public will be able to submit comments online. People will be able to fill out worksheets at the site beginning Dec. 9.
The deadline for completing surveys for initial public input is Jan. 9.