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Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

40 years ago: Trial transit service rolls to an end

November 16, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 16, 1971:

  • Today was the final day of a three-month experiment in public transit in Lawrence. The City Commission had approved the trial of bus service after a study had predicted a potential of over 300 daily riders. Data had been collected on the number of passengers over three months, as well as their origin, destination, and time of usage. The total number of passengers was 1,119, an average of 20 customers daily, and "an extreme portion of those riding the buses are students," according to the report. Ninety-two percent of the riders had been students, with 64 percent beginning and ending their rides on the Kansas University campus. The greatest number of non-student passengers had been on the "Haskell-Fourth and Maine" route, with a total of 130 passengers. In contrast, the North Lawrence experimental line had given rides to only 21 customers.
  • A road-improvement project was in progress on 15th Street from Iowa Street eastward. After the road was widened, it was hoped that congestion would be lessened for traffic leaving Allen Fieldhouse after basketball games.

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