Letters to the Editor

Try the T

September 24, 2008


To the editor:

I recently retired from a full-time job in Topeka, where I participated in a van pool program for commuters. Upon securing part-time employment in downtown Lawrence, I considered my options for getting to and from work and was pleased to discover that a city bus line ran within a couple blocks of my home.

For several months now, I have ridden the bus to work and have been very happy with the service. The bus always arrives on time and the drivers are unfailingly friendly and helpful, especially to those first-time riders who are just a little unsure how it works. I've noted that when a rider needs to transfer to another bus to reach their destination, the driver will call to the transfer bus and let them know he has a passenger for them.

It is just a delight to alight from the bus downtown with no worries about parking, plugging the meter, etc. And, of course, the financial savings are considerable. So, to those of you who have thought about riding the bus but haven't, I say, "Try it - you'll like it!"

Dee Boeck,


Confrontation 9 years, 9 months ago

You see, Dee, that these people who complain about it would never ride it. It's so far beneath them. They think that they'll never have a need or be in a desperate situation. They'd rather drive their gas-hogging SUVs around town to show their wealth and wastfulness. If people didn't have the bus, and they lost their jobs, then these same complainers would complain about the rise in welfare payments within the city of Lawrence. You can't make these people happy, since they are blessed with money and tend to lack a conscience.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 9 months ago

"It is just a delight to alight from the bus downtown with no worries about parking, plugging the meter, etc."I, on the other hand, want nothing to do with the emp-T, and I'm tired of funding a wasteful government transportation boondoggle for the paltry 2% of Lawrence residents that have the time to waste waiting around for the T.Now, socialized transportation advocates want even more money from us this November 4. Tell every friend and family member to vote NO, NO, NO to the special interests and their demands more of your money.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 9 months ago

To be cost effective, Fixed Route Transit in a city the size of Lawrence Ks requires:..1) a common destination, and..2) a common high density origin.Sound llike KU on Wheels???? YESSound like the "T" ??? NO Sorry,, the "T" is not worth the expense.

jonas_opines 9 years, 9 months ago

Well, I guess I have to ride again today. My scooter is a little difficult to use when the weather gets like this.

Xwards 9 years, 9 months ago

People on this board seem to concerned about the T not paying for itself. When was the last time the city streets and public parking lots paid for themselves?

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