Archive for Friday, June 21, 2013

Transit officials steer Missoula visitors in the right direction

June 21, 2013


Transit officials from Missoula, Mont., are driving down the same road Kansas University and the City of Lawrence did just a few years ago.

Transit managers from Missoula and the University of Montana visited Lawrence Thursday to learn more about the city’s joint university-city public transit program.

“There’s always been this movement in this community to get more out of the transit service than we have been,” said Robert Nugent, Lawrence's public transit administrator. “In 2009 we restructured routes so it didn’t benefit a student or a city person, but the community.”

Michael Tree, the general manager of Missoula Urban Transportation District, and Nancy Wilson, who works on transit issues with the University of Montana, are trying to find ways to combine the university and city's transportation systems the way KU and the City of Lawrence did in 2009.

“(Lawrence) is reputable in the U.S. for working seamlessly so we wanted to look at what they were doing in regard to operations,” Tree said.

Nugent and Danny Kaiser, KU parking and transit assistant director, helped steer the Missoula officials in the right direction by giving tips on how to combine specific operations like calling centers, a website and a lost and found.

Tree said that although he and Wilson may visit other cities with similar systems, Lawrence Public Transit’s model gave them an idea of what they’ll need to accomplish in order to integrate successfully.

“I think we learned enough off of our trip to Lawrence that it’s going to keep us busy a while,” Tree said.


blindrabbit 4 years, 11 months ago

Missoula: great university city! Attended a homecoming football game there a few years ago vrs. Montana State; stadium setting great. Many downtown businesses held open houses before the game serving coffee, cider, cookies etc.

blindrabbit 4 years, 11 months ago

and forgot, a trout stream running through town with real trout not the prairie trout (carp) that abound in the Kaw.

Joe Blackford II 4 years, 11 months ago

. . . . and trails into the adjacent Lolo Nat'l. Forest.

Tradways 4 years, 11 months ago

No sales at all in Montana and their roads are better. Brown stain would cry himself to sleep there.

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

I have never been there, but maybe they don't spend all their money fighting unconstitutional laws that zealots pass. That would leave money for roads and things.

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 11 months ago

Missoula, why would they come to Kansas... IN THE see how anything worked. They didn't plan well. Use June for Montana; the junkets in February!

blindrabbit 4 years, 11 months ago

These people have their timing screwed up; why leave Montana to be introduced to hot, humid Kansas in the summer?

I once had a job, sent to Missoula for a couple of weeks each winter and Ft. Lauderdale each summer. I'll swear the boss was a sadist.

Eugehne Normandin 4 years, 11 months ago

They might come back with a plan to put a bus station at their football stadium

Nikonman 4 years, 11 months ago

So Missoula wants their own EMPTY? They could learn a lot from us.

Hoots 4 years, 11 months ago

KU only moved about 3 million passengers last year in 7 1/2 months of operation. Yeah, empty. Great expert opinion. The city moves a fair number as well. Lawrence has the most successful transit system in the state and does so with less equipment and resources.

JayhawkFan1985 4 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence ignores that Johnson county transit is running the k10 connector service. Lawrence and Douglas county should be contributing to this highly successful transit route as it benefits both Lawrence and the county. There are 3 transit agencies operating in this community. The 3rd didn't even get mentioned in the article. KDOT is also doing an I70 transit study which could link Topeka, lawrence, KCK, and KCMO together.

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