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Archive for Saturday, May 11, 2013

Expanded T

May 11, 2013

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To the editor:

The Lawrence Transit System recently announced a plan to begin operating 24 hours. The plan, as described, is nothing more than a glorified taxi service. I propose the T run a pilot program this summer expanding all applicable routes to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, running on the hour from midnight to 5 a.m., to determine potential ridership.

Currently, the T operates from approximately 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and not at all on Sunday. Many citywide events in the former Community Events Calendar, now “Datebook,” don’t begin until 7 or 8 p.m. Expanding service hours would accommodate everyone, not merely third-shift workers. This would alleviate some of the problems with traffic and parking downtown and obviate the need for more parking lots or structures. Adding Sunday service would benefit churchgoers and those wishing to spend time at the many civic events scheduled on Sundays. Give your car and your nerves a break. Save gas. Ride the T.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree with Speakman's plan. This is a good idea.

These events, as well as work schedules at night, need to be available for all citizens of Lawrence, not just those with cars.

Homey 1 year, 7 months ago

Unrealistic. Until gas costs rise to the point where people are willing to give up the convenience of driving a personal automobile, public transportation will be underutilized.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

This 24 hour service might also keep some drunk drivers off the road = good thinking. Perhaps some T signs could be made available to all that are engaged in the serving of such beverages as a reminder to the patrons. Yes there is another way to get home.

gl0ck0wn3r 1 year, 7 months ago

Yeah, like a cab. How much money is going to be spent on this ridiculous experiment before it is shut down?

Sunny Parker 1 year, 7 months ago

It would be much cheaper for everyone to be responsible for themselves!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

Which uses more fuel per passenger-mile, public transit buses, or single-occupancy private vehicles? And what percentage of passengers on a bus are making what might be considered frivolous trips, such as purchasing twinkies to satisfy late-night munchies? (yes, I know that's not possible in Lawrence.)

Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

At least some women will have a safe way get home possibly... rather than be tormented with concern about rape along the way.

Yes rape is a concern in Lawrence,Kansas.

gl0ck0wn3r 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm pretty sure that is the best non-sequitur I've seen all day.

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