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Archive for Monday, June 18, 2012

KUMC bus route could fall victim to budget

June 18, 2012

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Proposed public transportation cuts in Johnson County would shut down the county’s only route that serves Kansas University Medical Center.

Alice Amrein, director of transportation for Johnson County, said budgetary constraints were causing The JO bus service to look at eliminating eight routes and modifying service for nine others.

One of the routes proposed for elimination runs from 107th Street and Nall Avenue in Overland Park to 10th and Locust streets in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

That route serves about 11,000 rides a year and includes a stop at KUMC. While it is The JO’s only bus route that serves KUMC, Amrein said the campus is served by other area transportation routes in Kansas City, Kan.

“It’s not an ideal situation for us,” she said.

The cuts are not final, and the public can comment on the proposed changes by sending email to comments@thejo.com, by sending mail to Johnson County Transit, 1701 W. 56 Highway, Olathe KS 66061, or by leaving a phone message at 913-715-8255.

Public hearings are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on July 9 and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 11 at the Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St., in Mission.

Amrein said the comments are taken seriously.

“We do have to do some service elimination, but this process gives us some idea about how we might do something different,” she said.

Comments

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

Here it is. They are planting the seed to the generous people of Lawrence and going to watch it grow into our taxpayers helping fund the connector bus. Yea... something else we dont need!

chootspa 2 years, 6 months ago

This article is talking about an entirely different bus, but thanks for playing.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

Not intending to bust on the LJW, but it sure appears sometimes that this paper is a mouth piece for those who want tax dollars. Many times we see something like this article, the next one will become more specific, the commission gets involved, they continue to cry about funding, and BOOM, a year later we are spending more money on things that are not necessary.

gccs14r 2 years, 6 months ago

It's reasonable for Lawrence to help pay for the K-10 Connector regardless of what other changes Johnson County needs to make to their bus system. One look at the dozens of cars in the lot at 19th & Haskell every weekday (and probably hundreds at the Park & Ride lot on campus) shows that it's a good link to have. The State should really be helping pay for it, but that's not happening with Il Duce at the helm.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

How about people paying their own ways? If my buddies and I like hookers, the taxpayers should fund that too.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

They can then carpool and share the costs with someone else. The bus only transfers the costs from them to the taxpayer.

Sorry, the K-10 commuter is just another form of income redistribution which is the whole goal of the moochers among us.

cummingshawk 2 years, 6 months ago

What does the bus route in this story have to do with Lawrence and the K-10 connector?

northtowngrl 2 years, 6 months ago

What? You expect reading comprehension for LJWorld posters? I think at this point some of readers see the word "bus" and their eyes glass over and the drool and the mantra just start pooring out.

gccs14r 2 years, 6 months ago

Not to mention that there was an earlier story about the JO possibly discontinuing the K-10 Connector because of budget issues.

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