Archive for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

City Commission to explore building new transit hub

July 10, 2012


City commissioners are interested in exploring sites outside of downtown for a new public transit hub.

Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend up to $40,000 to hire a consultant to study issues related to building a new transit hub for the city’s T bus system.

Commissioners followed the recommendation of staff members who urged commissioners to no longer consider using the Santa Fe Depot in east Lawrence as a transit hub, which would provide a lobby, restrooms and other amenities for people waiting to catch a bus.

Commissioners, though, told staff members to continue to look for grant opportunities that may allow the city to purchase and rehabilitate the 1950s-era depot. An area historic preservation group, Depot Redux, has urged commissioners to buy the building from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in order to ensure the building will be preserved.


Bob Forer 5 years, 11 months ago

Why is the city always hiring consultants when all that is required is a little good common sense?

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 11 months ago

Talk to KU about adding to the Park & Ride. It already has plenty of space for buses, and only two routes (KU park & ride and the Jo) that I know of go through it. It's centrally located in town and has access to the major highways around Lawrence.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 11 months ago

Or consider a bus hub for 9th & NH instead of Comptons mega hotel.

KS 5 years, 11 months ago

Next to the library, this is the biggest waste of money.

Lawrenceks 5 years, 11 months ago

What is up with the City of Lawrence and all these spending suggestions lately? Do they really think money grows on trees! Enough already! If you don't have the money, you don't build it!!! No more tax increases!!

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 11 months ago

Why do they always have to hire a consultant? Does no one in this town have any common sense or problem solving skills? Who elected these jerk-wads?$40,000 to decide the best place for a "hub"? Really?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

I expect that the consultant will do more than just pick a spot off the map. They'll also have to analyze all the routes, and likely even completely change those routes, in order to find a hub location that works. That's a very complicated process.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

How about just getting rid of the empT, get rid of the 1% sales tax that supports it, then re allocate that money to build the new police station or something else that is needed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

It's only 0.5%, (not that you are the least bit concerned about actual facts.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Interesting that your name-calling was more exhaustive than your list of facts.

gccs14r 5 years, 11 months ago

Athens, GA is getting a comprehensive downtown development plan written for $30k. We're doing it wrong.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

This whole transportation thing is a HUGE money pit for all of us who actually pay income taxes. They, from the start have been playing games, starting with Corless needing money for city employee raises and stiring up the left in town to move the $4 million or so a year from property taxes to a regressive sales tax. He got this done with out telling us about the new $5 million dollar maintenance facility that I am sure the planners had on the docket next. Now comes the new hybrid busses at a huge dollar amount followed by trying to find a way to cram this pig in a poke into the old Train station or now, into its own new facility. All of this after the new parking garage was partly sold as one of its additional functions was to house the transportation hub.

Public transportation, including light rail is fine when you have 18 story high apartment highrises for block after block and no place to park, but Lawrence like many other midwestern cities is built laterally on huge expanses of flat ground. The generalizations made by those who support this is like cheating on your wife, you do it long enough, you start to justify a bad behavior because you talk youself into it being ok. This whole transportation thing is NOT ok.

This whole thing needs to be defunded and put on hold until our city has at least twice the population and 3 times the number of buses. Any one of you, if you were funding this out of your checkbook, would have cut it off long ago. Why in the world would you continue to support this?

Before public transportation, people got to where they needed to go with out taking money from the taxbase. There is absoulty zero reason they can't do that now.

deec 5 years, 11 months ago

They got taxpayer-funded cab vouchers which the drivers hated because cab drivers don't make an hourly wage. They make commission. The vouchers were a set amount anywhere in town, so a run that would have cost $6 or $8 was for $2 or thereabouts. Also voucher passengers never tipped. So you're driving across town for 30-40 percent of a $2 fare.

George_Braziller 5 years, 11 months ago

Transit hub located at the downtown parking garage seems like a no brainer. There's already a space that could be used as a waiting room and plenty of parking.

The only expense involved would be taking out a few parking meters on the north end of the west side of the 900 block of New Hampshire and marking the pavement as bus parking only. Plenty of room for buses to queue up.

Problem solved. I'd be happy to come pick up the check for the $40,000 consulting fee to save the expense of the stamp to have it mailed to me.

pizzapete 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree George, that vacant lot across from the highrise apartment building at 9th and New Hampshire would be a great spot for this transit hub.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

Why stop at a $250 million? Worst City Commission ever.

Mark Kostner 5 years, 11 months ago

There is one spot that would make a good hub. For years an abandoned gas station stood on the site and it's a park now I think. But the lot is on Sixth between Kentucky and Tennessee and the railroad runs in back so you could have city, KU, K-10, Amtrak, and Greyhound accessing the site. The other spots would be one of parking lots downtown. Why pay a outside consultant though, this isn't that hard to figure out.

irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

how come i never see a headline that reads city commission to explore money saving ideas

Sunny Parker 5 years, 11 months ago

$40,000 for a consultant? Why can't the City Employees do their job! Why is an outside consultant always needed. Consult me! I'll tell you we don't need this, we don't need the bus system as it is a huge money pit!

classclown 5 years, 11 months ago


how come i never see a headline that reads city commission to explore money saving ideas

July 11, 2012 at 6:19 p.m


If they did, they would probably pay a consultant $80,000 to find a way to save $50,000.

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