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KU on Wheels and the Lawrence Transit Service unveiled their new Guide to Ride, a 44-page booklet that outlines routes and schedules for the coming year. The booklets are available at City Hall, the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence grocery stores and elsewhere.
New Lawrence Transit routes ( .PDF )
Transit officials are looking forward to improving service, attracting more customers and more closely matching supply with demand when it comes to getting riders from here to there and back.
All without spending any additional money for operations.
“Working with the city transit staff has been a great experience, and — with every meeting — we find better ways to make the systems more efficient and usable for the whole community,” said Donna Hultine, director of KU Parking & Transit, which operates the KU on Wheels transit system that serves Kansas University. “We’re going to have more service that fits the need … so we’ll not have empty buses going to certain areas, unless they’re needed. And there will be more appropriate-sized vehicles responding.”
This week, the two systems — KU on Wheels and the Lawrence Transit Service, better known as the T — unveiled their Guide to Ride, a 44-page booklet that outlines routes and schedules for the coming year. The booklets are available at City Hall, the Lawrence Public Library, city grocery stores and elsewhere.
Several system changes will take effect Aug. 2. Among the biggest will be along the T’s Route 3, which runs from Lawrence Memorial Hospital north and west to employment areas along North Iowa Street and Lakeview Road, as well as into residential areas generally bounded by Trail Road to the south, the Kansas Turnpike to the north and Monterey Way to the west.
The route will operate with its familiar fixed-route service — buses following a specific route, at specific intervals — from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Outside those peak periods, riders can call to arrange to be picked up at a specific address, then get dropped off anywhere within the service area or at the T’s main transfer hub, at Ninth and Massachusetts streets downtown.
Some other routes are being merged, split or rerouted, and in some areas buses will run more frequently, or possibly less.
“We’ve started matching our service to what the ridership is,” said Robert Nugent, the city’s transit administrator.
For details, pick up a Guide to Ride or visit lawrencetransit.org.