Letters to the Editor

T action

May 31, 2009


To the editor:

The Journal-World recently ran a story about how the folks at City Hall are planning the things they want to accomplish this year. A curbside recycling program and a new recreation center were mentioned, also a facelift for the library.

I kept looking for the part where the city bus system, the T, gets some much-needed attention. Voters approved a sales tax increase with the high hope that someday it would be revamped, as promised, to be more effective. I think the voters deserve some answers and some action on this.

Busse is from Lawrence


Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Like where is the money and how is it being spent?

There was money for new buses before the sales tax was passed ....I believe enough for 6-7 new vehicles?

Stephen Roberts 9 years ago

Merrill- quit smokiung pot. The sales tax only increased less than two months ago. Should the city go into to debt to pay for the buses? Maybe they should wait a few months to see how much they are collecting before spending more money. I know you want them to pay for your pet projects!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe you should send city hall some money to help them with the buses because what little you pay in taxes sure isn't cutting it!!!!

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

All that has been asked for is how things are going? There is a plan on the table. However the details should come from city hall.

My pet project..... 70% of voters in November voted yes have some forgotten. It was a large voter turnout.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

commuter (Anonymous) says…

"The sales tax only increased less than two months ago. Should the city go into to debt to pay for the buses?"

Had you bothered to read the city budget, money for the mT was to be transfered from other city funds to cover the period up until July 1st, when the first sales tax money would be transfered.

Sorry if I have to keep this post short - too busy LMAO - all you idjits who said 'Give them the money, and trust them to make the changes.'

Speaking of whom, where's our favorite bus-riding buffoon?

notajayhawk 9 years ago

merrill (Anonymous) says…

"My pet project….. 70% of voters in November voted yes have some forgotten. It was a large voter turnout."

The same voters who approved a sales tax increase to fix those roads you're constantly ranting against, if I recall. Seems some may have forgotten that as well, merrill?

jafs 9 years ago

Although 70% of those voting voted in favor of the tax increases, the overall turnout was dismally low - in the neighborhood of 13%, I believe.

The obvious message gained from this is that 87% of registered voters in Lawrence don't care enough to vote in city elections.

LogicMan 9 years ago

"Like where is the money and how is it being spent?"

That's a good question. An accounting of such is hopefully forthcoming. LJW?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

“Like where is the money and how is it being spent?”

The additional taxes only recently went into effect, so there really isn't all that much money to account for. And by law, the money can only be spent on the transit system, so it's being held in reserve for exactly that purpose.

Merging the two bus systems will be a complex process, and personally, I hope they are very deliberate in doing that. I'd much rather they buy any new buses AFTER they know what the new system will require rather than buying something/anything just to assuage the paranoia of those too anti-social to ever to set foot onto public transit.

madameX 9 years ago


The sales tax item was on the November ballot with the presidential, congressional, etc. elections. You're thinking of the pathetically low turnout for the city commission and school board elections.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years ago

Barry-- just a suggestion-- you're trolling isn't going to be very effective when the nonsense factor is too high.

jafs 9 years ago

madame x,

Thanks for the correction.

Wasn't the turnout for the presidential election also rather low, in the neighborhood of 30%?

bearded_gnome 9 years ago

jafs, turnout for the november election was higher than 30% as I recall.

Sarah [writer of the Letter to the Editor], it has been reported in this newspaper: August will bring some initial changes in routes.

buying buses isn't the primary focus, instead is the effort to revamp the system to increase ridership. big change starting in mid august, a new route from downtown, through campus, and out to the south iowa shopping and student apartments, this route will have increased bus frequency.

more coming changes will be announced in january.

funds for current operations only were used to cover T expenses earlier this year, not for improvements or to "buy new buses."

and, as usual Merrill is completely out to lunch. the money he's referring to was I think the city's "transit reserve, $580,000 not for buying new buses, but there for emergency needs. that's the definition of "reserve."

new buses will be purchased, some using biodiesel.

--many changes are in process now for the T, and in coordination between the T and University bus system. I dunno why all this wasn't included in the report you site, it should have been.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Calculate the cost of driving your car Calculator

How much do you pay to drive? Punch your numbers into our Cost of Driving Calculator to estimate your monthly and annual cost of driving to and from work. http://www.lawrencetransit.org/driving_calculator.shtml

Check out the T route map or Carpool Connection link to see if public transportation or carpooling is an option.

Last I heard The T had federal funds/grant money to buy 7 new vehicles before the election.

PTAC Next meeting: 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Lawrence Transit System office, 933 New Hampshire St.

About PTAC This committee advises on all matters regarding the city public transit system, such as proposed routes, service changes, ridership policies, fare structures, funding and budgets.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

merrill (Anonymous) says…

"How much do you pay to drive?"

Apparently a heck of a lot less than you if you believe that BS, merrill.

What the IRS allows for a deduction for "Average cost per mile for maintenance, repairs, depreciation, insurance, etc." has little or nothing to do with what the actual costs are for most of us. The car I just took off the road cost me about 18 cents per mile - total - over the year I drove it (and that was with gas costing $4 for a while). And it's still sitting in my yard; although there isn't much value left to it, if I sell it for a few hundred bucks that will bring my actual cost down even lower.

If you truly believe what the mT's website tells you it really costs to operate a car, I guess I can understand why you believe nationalized healthcare will save money.

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years ago

Richard Heckler has perhaps the most selective memory of any poster here. He is pro-tax - even on the poor - when it benefits a project he personally supports, especially if that project benefits him. He is anti-tax if it isn't a project he likes. He is de facto anti-growth and anti-jobs and yet claims to be an advocate of the working class. He frequently serves on unelected quasi-governmental boards that advocate spending tax dollars on projects he likes and yet he rails against government waste. He is a constant critic of the public schools and yet he homeschools his kid. He complains about pollution, but his lawnmowing "company" does more damage to the environment than the cars he dislikes so much. Why anyone bothers to pay any attention to this hypocrite is beyond my understanding.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Commissioner Mike Dever is the contact person on our city commission regarding the T and it's progress.

Perhaps the LJW,Commissioner Dever and the PTAC chair and KU should get together for an update.

New vehicles can take as long as 18 months to deliver.

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