Letters to the Editor

Letter: Bus should serve city

October 19, 2013

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To the editor:

“That would be a change in strategy,” Chad Lawhorn wrote in his Oct. 17 Town Talk column. “In June, city commissioners directed staff members to focus on a site near Ninth and Iowa streets behind The Merc for a transit hub location. But city officials tell me now that KU officials aren’t wild about that location. KU’s buy-in is important because the estimated $3 million transit hub will serve both KU and city buses.”

So it goes from good to bad to worse to ridiculous! The current situation is intolerable. Now Kansas University wants to move the hub as close to KU as it can get it!  Both of these locations are absolutely ridiculous!

What about downtown? Did you folks forget downtown? Service there is pathetic now, and you’re on the straight and narrow to make it even worse? I thought this city rransit system was to serve Lawrence not KU! Ever since KU became a “part” of the Lawrence transit service, it’s been like the Big 12 after absorbing the Texas schools.

Wake up, Lawrence, and give us our bus system back!

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

John Hamm likely has a point. Sooner or later more of us will be wanting or need a different way to travel throughout Lawrence. Due to more increased gasoline prices, intense air pollution and climate change. Public transportation will be that mode. Some of us will rather walk or bike but I suggest the greater majority will choose the bus.

Removing vehicles from the roadway will also address another annoying situation. The constant expense, congestion and inconvenience of road repair. Keep in mind also that the heavy equipment that is required to repair say Iowa for the moment is busy damaging whatever roadways the big trucks are using to come and go. Not a win win win by any stretch of the imagination.

In view of what Johm Hamm is suggesting I would say keep the hub in the downtown area as was originally decided. Young people are able to motivate their bodies with their legs and are likely more inclined to do so. I think the evidence. speaks for itself. These young bodies are everywhere.

The KU bus system will take care of the students we know that. The student body will see to that. The T on the hand needs to care for the local taxpayers that which are funding this project known as the T. While it is beneficial that the two systems work together let's not forget who is ultimately funding The T.

Julius Nolan 1 year, 8 months ago

The problem I have with the downtown hub is simple. If I'm at 15th and Wakarusa and want to go to Iowa and 31st. why must I go downtown, wait for another bus to get there. Last time I looked, took well over an hour. You can walk there in less time.

1 year, 8 months ago

Downtown Lawrence would still be served by several bus routes in the event of a new hub. Most (all?) businesses downtown are against the bus hub being located there. They cite noise, exhaust and passengers loitering as the main problems. Moving the hub to a central/neutral location that was specifically designed for bus traffic would make more sense when serving the city as a whole.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, I am sixty-eight and have been using the bus for 13 years. The number 11's are wonderful as they are so easy to get on and off.

No matter where they put the hub that will not impact how I ride the bus as I am lucky enough to take the same bus from where I live to Walmart, my home away from home.

I do understand that it is difficult and frustrating for those that have to transfer because sometimes buses are running late and they have to worry about making the connection. However both both systems have to serve the entire population so it stands to reason that someone is going to be unhappy with it. It is a very cheap way to go. Regular passengers chat with each other and the driver so it is remarkably like being in the living room with friends.

I have found people in Lawrence to be leery about riding the bus because they despise public transportation. Those from big cities or other countries see it as something you do every day. Totally different mind set.

This is going to make it difficult to decide where to put the hub. Seriously, do store owners not know that people standing in front of a sign that says bus stop are waiting for a bus, they are not just standing aimlessly around?

Lawrence is much too spread out for anyone to be thinking about walking or biking somewhere.

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