Archive for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bus changes proposed

The city commission is asking for a proposal to change the current layout of the Public Transit System routes. Commissioners believe combining certain routes would make them easier to understand.

April 7, 2010


Smaller transit buses likely will be coming to some Lawrence streets, along with several other changes to the public transportation system.

City commissioners said they liked a series of proposals to merge and rearrange public transit routes beginning Aug. 1. The changes will be up for final approval at the April 13 meeting.

Among the changes are:

• Route 3 between downtown, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Santa Fe Industrial Area in North Lawrence will begin using smaller, van-like buses during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new buses will be used to staff a demand-response service that will require users to call ahead to use the bus, unless they are going to LMH.

During the special hours, the bus will run a reduced route from downtown to LMH each hour, but people who want to go elsewhere on that route will need to call the public transit office to schedule a ride. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the route will operate with larger buses and with a schedule much like it does today.

Transit leaders said the change was necessary because ridership on Route 3 was averaging less than eight riders per hour.

• Routes 1 and 2 will be combined in an effort to boost ridership numbers. The combination will mean service to the Prairie Park area will be dropped.


copycat 4 years, 10 months ago

It sounds like people will not be able to take the bus to the Prairie Park Nature Center. I take my children on the bus to visit there. Sometimes it is the only way we can get there, if my husband has the car at work. I thought the purpose of public transit was to be able to access our public areas.

matchbox81 4 years, 10 months ago

Pilgrim2, you'll be waiting a long time. The upper goal of most transit systems in the US is to be able to cover 20% of operating costs through fares, and most have trouble reaching that goal. The only systems that reach anything close to covering operating costs through fares serve the uber-dense areas in small portions of the east coast, Europe, and high density Asian cities. Holding Lawrence up to those standards seems a bit unfair, even though there's people in Lawrence that depend on the bus system, and even more that appreciate the fact that it's there, should their 1 car break down.

SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 10 months ago


It's not the government's right to take my income to hedge against the occasional flat tire of others. We need to get out of this toxic mindset that the government can provide a safety net for every possible thing that can go wrong in life.

And I'd go one step further than Pilgrim2. I'm not looking for the emp-T to break even. I'm looking for the emp-T to cease operations.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Pil and STRS are only for socialistic programs and policies that either directly benefit them, promote their John-Wayne view of the world, or are detrimental specifically to people they despise for one reason or another (and they despise most of the human race.)

Jennifer Dropkin 4 years, 10 months ago

Dear "Staff Reports":

Are you saying that the only changes will be to the Routes 1, 2, and 3? What about schedule changes? Have schedule changes even been proposed? Will the public have a chance to see propsed schedule changes? Or are those going to be imposed without the public seeing what they will look like? What about proposed service cuts to North Lawrence?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 10 months ago

Gilly, I understand north lawrence will remain as is, at least last I heard.

STRS and Pilgrim, the key here is that the voters in Lawrence overwhelmingly voted for support for the T, like 70% yes on both tax measures. we do have the freedom to tax ourselves, and in this lawrence chose.

the transit route changes proposed are far more extensive than outlined in this article.

some will almost certainly increase ridership, such as hubbing out at the northwest, covering Wak better, etc.

notajayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

"Bus changes proposed"

Like maybe getting people to ride them?

At least by going to smaller buses the operators of the mT finally found a way to be driving fewer empty seats around town.

steveguy 4 years, 10 months ago

You City folks voted this. Now you have to live with it.

John Moore 4 years, 10 months ago

I still think that they should extend the bus services at lease up to midnight for some folks that work the second shift at companies.

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