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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

Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week 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.

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none2 11 months, 1 week ago

What a childish idea. Lets have the empTy run around town wasting gas 24/7. Currently, at least they don't waste gas on Sunday and during the night.

Also, what will you do with the existing taxi businesses? Are you going to pay them unemployment now that you propose their services are no longer needed?

It is also nutty to assume that this is going to do away with the traffic and the need for parking. Commuters are still going to be leaving for the metro & Topeka M-F. People from outside of town are still going to come to Kansas for games. None of those categories of drivers are changed by these pie in the sky ideas.

If you really want to save gas, then get off your behind and walk/jogg/bike/skate to where you need to go, and let the tax payers keep their money. This is Lawrence -- not New York City, Chicago, or LA.

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sunny 11 months, 1 week ago

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

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 1 week 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.

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Homey 11 months, 1 week 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.

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Lawrence Morgan 11 months, 1 week 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.

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