Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ride the T

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

I believe more people should be riding the T. The bus travels all around Lawrence and is a good system for teens and parents to ride. Costing only $2 for a one-way ride, $20 for a 10-ride punch card and $68 for a monthly pass, it is less than gas prices. The T has very flexible hours starting at 6 a.m. and running to 8 p.m. The routes go all around town as far as Massachusetts to Wakarusa and to Iowa Street. The T even has little stalls at many of the stations for people to stay in when it is raining or snowing.

Many people think that riding the T saves money and is better for the economy. Another way that people can save the money is by riding their bike places. If the ride is too far for the person to ride all the way there, the person could ride to a bus stop and the bus could carry the bike on the front to another stop closer to the place they want to go.

I advise Lawrence residents to ride the T to save money and help the local economy. When they do they will see how much money they save and the way the economy of Lawrence will change.

Grace Cairns, Southwest Junior High


SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 5 months ago

Why is the fare only $2 when the real cost of a one-way ride is over $8? Because taxpayers are subsidizing this colossal waste known by many as the emp-T. Whenever the government gives you "a deal," it's always on the backs of someone else.

mom_of_three 9 years, 5 months ago

you are forgetting the point of the letter.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 5 months ago

If the point of the letter is that riding the emp-T helps the local economy, then I would disagree. Emp-T usage only enriches the out-of-state contractor who operates the system while giving government leaders the false impression that the emp-T will one day be fincially viable. Additionally, it harms local car dealers, mechanics and filling station owners. I'd wrap up by saying that with 1% of the population riding it, the emp-T is in no way good for the local economy.

Ragingbear 9 years, 5 months ago

When did the fare rise to $2? It was $1 a few weeks ago (last time I used it) and I saw no signs indicating the price was going up.

Omegatron 9 years, 5 months ago

There should be four fixed circular routes with four buses operating on each route (two clockwise, two counterclockwise), that hit all the main apartment complexes and points of interest (stores, libraries, theater, hospital, etc.) in the area they operate. With coordinated transfer points that riders can use to get across town quickly and efficiently.

Ragingbear 9 years, 5 months ago

Omegatron, they are working on a new system set up on a grid system instead of a hub system. The long and short of it is that you may have to transfer more, but will have far better coverage and travel times.

Omegatron 9 years, 5 months ago

They are? Any links to what the new system might look like?I'm more for setting up a system that requires transfers only when needing to go someplace in another part of town.Grid the town into four Grids (North, South, East, West), with transfer points where the routes intersect, and where the routes intersect with KU.That way there's only two to three transfers at most depending.

Omegatron 9 years, 5 months ago

oops, last line should read one to two transfers...

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