Archive for Friday, October 10, 2008

Ridership on bus increases in September

A new agreement between Lawrence and KU is credited with a significant increase in ridership on the T.

October 10, 2008


A new agreement between the city and Kansas University is being credited with significant increases in ridership on the T bus system.

The city reported Friday that ridership on the T in September is up 19.8 percent from September 2007. A total of 35,276 rides were provided on the T during the month.

In mid-August the city for the first time began allowing Kansas University students to ride the T for free as long as they showed a valid student ID.

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to approve two sales tax questions designed to provide funding for the bus system for the next 10 years. City commissioners have said if the sales taxes pass they are interested in pursuing a full merger with the Kansas University bus system.

The increase in September continues a reversal of ridership numbers for the T. Ridership began increasing on the T in July. Prior to that, ridership - when compared with the same month in the previous year - had declined for 15 consecutive months, dating back to April 2007.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

Looks like basic facts to me. Do you dispute them? Should they be kept secret from the voting public till after the election?

Jingal 9 years, 3 months ago

The T isn't justifiable on an economic basis - that seems a given, as is the LJW's/Worldwide Pants typically objective and thoughtful reporting on the topic (not).Now, I've made as much fun as anyone out there about our city's C-Thru Transportation System. But here's my question; does it make sense to scrap the program, lose the 'sunk' costs and assets, and then start over again in 5 years when the economics (green or otherwise) and/or demographics say it works? What do you suppose the breakeven is on this? Won't the city's appointed social conscience just find some other project to spend this part of the budget on (and in the process potentially create another economic albatross)? On a go-forward basis will we (individually) really be that much better or worse off if they do away with it (from a marginal economic standpoint) or keep it? It seems clear that to some (not nearly enough, admittedly) in the community the T is pretty vital. To the rest of us, is it that big a deal, as in, will I get my money back, or will that money go to something more practical, like pothole filler?So I'm wondering if scrapping the T would be a little like plowing up Eagle Bend. Whatever you think of it, good or bad, what's done is done. Yes, it will cost to keep it in place, and yes, they'll have to make all sorts of modifications to survive until it can support itself. But since we've already paid for it, should we keep it around?

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years, 3 months ago

Chad barely attempts to conceal his bias toward the T anymore...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

"So do townies get to ride the KU buses for free?"My understanding is that any city bus rider who purchases a single ticket can get a free transfer to a university bus, and that anyone with a (monthly, etc.) city bus pass is allowed to ride any university bus.

John Hamm 9 years, 3 months ago

If the World writes an article about the "T" it's biased.If the bloggers say something it's logical thought.Interesting how some people's mind work.

Jeanne Cunningham 9 years, 3 months ago

Not true. I don't know the details, but this is a cooperative agreement. There is economic advantage. And, if you don't think that improving the services for KU students, so more are attracted to KU, is a net plus for Lawrence, you are wrong.

thinkagain 9 years, 3 months ago

Frequently Chad and other LJW staff ride the bus ALL DAY with hand puppets to give the appearance that there are riders on the bus so that City and T staff can count them and then publicize it. That way all the whiners in town attached to their computers for hours on end with nothing to do except blog and complain, have a safe, secure and FREE forum to do so.

Trobs 9 years, 3 months ago

LJW has had an empT article every day for the last two weeks. I'm gonna guess there is some bias.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

The students aren't riding for free. They pay a fee every semester to finance their bus system. In exchange for access to the city bus system, they have given users of the city bus system access to theirs. It's a trade, and it's a first step in merging the two systems, and that modest step in itself has led to a rather sizable increase in ridership. A full merger will mean an even bigger increase, with better routes and more frequent buses.

XEPCT 9 years, 3 months ago

with a 1/4 of a cent sales tax ... you must spend 400 dollars in Lawrence to purchase one ticket ... but some of you seem to think this is highway robbery or you are paying for degenerates to ride. I hope this passes and you selfish haters lose sleep over your 1 dollar per every 400 you spend going towards a public service. I also hope you drop a twenty on accident downtown, "ohhh, I would have had to spend $8,000 for the T to get that $20 from me, but I lost it instead."

roger_o_thornhill 9 years, 3 months ago

How much will you spend on gasoline to "not shop in Lawrence"? But I'm sure "its the principle", right? Oh, the hidden costs of everything.

displacedsunflower 9 years, 3 months ago

I now live in central LA, & ride on the buses several timesa week. Here, we pay 50 cents per ride. The buses operate 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Mon-Thur (not sure aboutFri) & until 6:00 PM on Sat. No city bus service on Sun.The ridership here is full bus many times, & sometimes,only a few riders for a part of the route. Since manyriders are poor, it accounts for the higher count. Someride for other reasons. There are 8 buses & each makes an hourly route. The transfer station is downtown & thebuses leave there on the hour. Sometimes, a small 'bus'or van makes a special run to accomodate some riders if thelarge bus is running late, & delivers us to where we are going, or to the station. I have ridden in one several times. Theyare conscientious about their riders' needs many times.

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