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Guide outlines transit changes

The two busing systems are coordinating to provide a new set of routes and increase service.

July 22, 2010

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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.

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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.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 5 months ago

"...riders can call to arrange to be picked up at a specific address, then get dropped off..."

How would you feel if you owned one of Lawrence's four taxi companies? Do we really want such direct and unnecessary government competition with the private sector?

"...so we’ll not have empty buses going to certain areas..."

Yet for over 10 years the city has employed dozens of 30-passenger buses that were completely unnecessary given the emp-T's miniscule ridership. End the subsidy now.

matchbox81 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm not sure that the midday route 3 will compete that much with taxi companies. Taxi's will pick you up from whereever in town, and drop you off whereever you need to go in town. The midday route 3 will just pick you up inside a limited service area, and drop you off either inside that limited service area, or in downtown. You would have to transfer to a regular bus route to get to anywhere else in town.

Besides, the fact that there's still 4 taxi companies in town after the T has been running for 10 years means that those taxi companies must be doing all right...

jafs 4 years, 5 months ago

Well, after living in a variety of places in Lawrence and being unable to use the bus due to the routes/schedules, we finally moved to an area that allowed my wife to be able to ride it to work.

Until they made these changes.

Not an improvement for us.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

"It just warms my heart to see the para bus drop someone off at the bar."

You must hang out at the bar quite a lot.

matchbox81 4 years, 5 months ago

Someone needs to take a chill pill. Saying that 4 buses could handle all the circulation on campus is like saying I-70 only needs two lanes. You can't dump students from two or more buses at the edge of campus, and expect them to be able to all climb into one bus. The time alone that it would take for all of the students to get off of one (or two) bus(es), and get onto a second bus, would hold up the entire system. Especially when you consider that most of the students are all going to the same stretch of Jayhawk Boulevard.

lllwll 4 years, 5 months ago

This is just jack of the trade off. Take a trip on the T. Two hrs to get to East Lawrence. You liberals voted for it.

KU is laughing that the city dummies voted for this.

ToriFreak13 4 years, 5 months ago

How much money is spent on updating maps every time they change?

ToriFreak13 4 years, 5 months ago

ps. As well wasted on previously printed maps that are void?

Amy Heeter 4 years, 5 months ago

Where to begin... Ok why do we need a 44 page book to understand the transit? Other major cities run bus systems and rail systems without 44 page books. What is this peak out formation then whatever between? Just set the darned routes to run every hour to every hour 1/2, anyone can work around that rotation. If you must have frequency for peak hours run a shuttle between downtown & campus every 20 minutes in the early and latter part of day. Finally fire whom ever keeps coming up with these expensive plans.

inatux 4 years, 5 months ago

This is incorrect. I download the T map when it gets updated throughout the year. You can find the most recent one (which will soon be oudated) here, at http://lawrenceks.org/city_maps.

1029 4 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like it's time for our do-nothing city commission to to build a monorail.

gilly 4 years, 5 months ago

The new routes and schedules are an improvement over the routes originally proposed in January. We'll see how well they work after the initial adjustment this August. But this is only a start. Most of the routes won't run frequently enough to make using the buses more advantageous than taking a car for most Lawrence residents.

If the city is serious about having a working transit system, then it will look for opportunities to upgrade buses (not just the ones on the KU service lines), increase frequency so that no one has to wait more than 15 minutes for a city bus, and expand hours into nighttime and on Sundays. Only then will it have a transit system that can work well enough to reduce the pollution and the toll that heavy automobile traffic takes on the roads.

Or succeeding city governments can do what most of the last several have done: starve the transit system in the hopes of killing it.

sunflour 4 years, 5 months ago

oneeye_wilbur, you have no idea what you're talking about. Every parking meter that I've ever used on campus has the times posted inside it -- just like the meters downtown, you have to look at the back side.

As for the buses, while they might not be terribly full when they loop around to GSP from and back to the Union, they are definitely filling up as they cross campus -- how else would KU have reached 2.3 million rides in just 10 months this past year? (Call KU on Wheels for that info!)

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