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40 years ago: First week of trial bus service running at a loss

August 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 25, 1971:

  • After the first week of operation, the test-run of a North Lawrence bus service was showing a loss, according to a report from Duane Ogle, president of the Lawrence Bus Co. Ogle said that it cost roughly $32.50 a day to run a bus on the route, but that during the entire first week, only 119 persons had ridden the bus, with the total week’s fares amounting to $35.70. A survey had been conducted earlier in the year which had shown that many North Lawrence residents would ride a bus if it were available. Ogle said that unless the North Lawrence route showed a profit, the bus company would drop it when the city subsidy ended.
  • A photograph showed the waiting room of the Union Bus Depot, 638 Massachusetts, piled high with luggage. Several hundred pieces of luggage had been shipped by bus to Lawrence and were awaiting pickup by Kansas University and Haskell Junior College students.

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