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Location of downtown bus transfer point set to change

November 27, 2012

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By early next year, the area near Ninth and Vermont streets will be the new center of the city’s public transit system.

Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to temporarily designate an area of Vermont Street between Eighth and Ninth streets as the new transfer hub for the city’s bus system, the T.

The move is in response to construction work that is expected to begin on a new multistory hotel at the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, which is near the current transfer point.

The move is not expected to happen until after the beginning of the year, although an exact date hasn’t been determined.

“We want to make sure we have plenty of time to inform the public and get signs out so that we’re not disrupting anybody’s trip,” said Robert Nugent, the city’s public transit administrator.

The new location will be on the east side of Vermont Street, between the two entrances to the city parking lot that occupies much of the 800 block of Vermont. The transfer point will cause about 16 parking spaces on Vermont to be closed. The city, though, believes it will gain parking spaces on parts of New Hampshire and Ninth streets where the buses currently load and unload.

“There will be a trade-off with parking,” Nugent said.

The move won’t be the last for the city’s bus system. Nugent told commissioners the city is currently interviewing consultants to help it find a permanent home for a bus station. The consultant’s report likely will be ready by the middle of 2013.

As he has previously stated, Nugent said it is likely the consultant will recommend a location outside of downtown because of growing space constraints in the downtown area.

In other news, commissioners:

• Directed staff members to draft an ordinance requiring sidewalk dining umbrellas to be at least 80 inches above the sidewalks. Staff members said low hanging umbrellas in downtown had become a pedestrian safety concern.

• Unanimously approved the annexation of 90 acres just north of the northeast corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The site is proposed to house a Kansas University sports complex and city recreation center. Commissioners, however, didn’t take any action to zone the property. That action likely won’t be taken until the city reaches agreement on the sports complex with the Kansas University Endowment Association.

Comments

oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 4 months ago

Now the city wants to spend more money on a consultant. How many consultants have been hired since the T started?

J/W do some real reporting. On top of the consultant need, what is the point for havng Mr. Nugent?

We all know the commissioners are totally inept at making sound business decisions even those on the commission who have a business. Just look at Schumm! He cannot as Mayor even manage to have the parkiing lots downtown kept in good repair nor have all of the dumpster areas cleaned at least twice a week.

Parks and rec not too long ago trimmed some shrubs behind Kinkos and behind the shrubs was trash. It was left. A dumpster was behind the shrubs. Crystal MIles and parks and rec are just plain lazy.

Face it, the bus system is an experiment and ongoing by amateurs.

There is no need for hub in Lawrence. Folks, it's called transfer. Get off at one point cross the street to go oppositie direction. Walk a block to catch another bus.

But all the commissioners have to do is waste time on the status quo because they are totally inept at attracting viable industry for employment (they won't come anyway because Lawrence does not hav a labor force, the laborers come from outside of Lawrence).

50year resident. Remember, your figures don't mean anything to Schumm and the other commissioners because they cannot think logical anymore.

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50YearResident 1 year, 4 months ago

City says: The move won’t be the last for the city’s bus system. Nugent told commissioners the city is currently interviewing consultants to help it find a permanent home for a bus station. The consultant’s report likely will be ready by the middle of 2013.

My question: How much are these consultants going to charge for 6 to 8 months work? These Giant buses travel all day long with 1 to 3 passengers. Fuel alone must be $500 per week, per bus multiplied by ? amount of buses. That is 52 weeks in a year = $26,000 per bus for the year. What a waste of tax payers money.

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Keith Richards 1 year, 4 months ago

What do we pay city staff for? How hard is it to pick a couple possible locations for a bus hub?

Hell, maybe you should just survey the moochers who ride the bus on a daily basis...

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 4 months ago

Poolside wrote: ^^Whatever happened to the train depot on New York street as a hub? That was a great idea.

---as a location geographically in the city, yes. but for trafic there, no. for space for the buses, no. for space for people/transfers, no.
neighbors didn't like it, too.

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SloMo 1 year, 4 months ago

Still don't understand why there has to be a hub. At the very least, couldn't there be some routes that don't go downtown? Seems like the powers that be are really locked into one and only one way of thinking.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 4 months ago

NEWSFLASH: As the city continues to try to justify its' favorite money pit, the taxpayers continue to be impregnated by the progressives.

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classclown 1 year, 4 months ago

poolside

Whatever happened to the train depot on New York street as a hub? That was a great idea.

November 28, 2012 at 3:46 a.m

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I don't remember all the details but as it turned out, it really wasn't a great idea. In fact, it wasn't even a good one.

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poolside 1 year, 4 months ago

Whatever happened to the train depot on New York street as a hub? That was a great idea.

I agree with the blind spot mentioned by Wilbur. Maybe take out a few more parking spaces and create a safer right hand lane in order to merge a little better. Maybe.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 4 months ago

Now the buses can block the view of cars exiting from the northnend of the lot. Got some real geniuses at work at city hall.

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