After compiling input from riders this winter, Lawrence Transit System made route changes that go into effect Monday.
All of the system’s current destinations — such as East Hills Business Park, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Rock Chalk Park — will keep their service, but they will be part of different routes and have buses stop at different times. Bob Nugent, administrator of Lawrence Transit System, has said the changes were based on ridership.
The changes to routes are:
• Route 1 will start serving the Lawrence Community Shetler.
• Route 3, which has been a flex route that picks people up downtown and takes them anywhere in the north-central area of the city, will become a fixed route in that same area. It will service Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
• Route 6, which currently goes from downtown to the Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive intersection, will extend to Rock Chalk Park and Sports Pavilion Lawrence.
• Route 15, created to serve Peaslee Technical Training Center, will now also go to Connecticut Street and Barker Drive and East Hills Business Park.
• Routes 5, 7 and 10 will now make stops every 30 minutes instead of every hour. Route 5 travels between south Iowa Street and East Hills Business Park, and route 7 goes from downtown to south Iowa Street. Route 10 travels between downtown and Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
The public had five opportunities this winter to comment on the proposed changes.
“People move around a lot,” Nugent said at the time of the meetings. “If you don’t watch and see what’s going on and watch their ridership level on routes and see how your routes are performing on time, if you don’t monitor that all the time, I think you’re lacking on your duties. And so we watch it all the time.”
A full list of routes and stops is available at lawrencetransit.org.