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Changes to Lawrence bus routes going into effect Aug. 1

A Lawrence Transit System bus stops just south of Seventh and Vermont streets, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

A Lawrence Transit System bus stops just south of Seventh and Vermont streets, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

July 27, 2016

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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.

Comments

Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

It is not an experiment if you rely on it to get to work. It's called surviving.

David Holroyd 1 year, 3 months ago

Mr. Forer, it is an experiment! How many times since the service has started have the routes been changed. If you were using it for work, which I doubt you would, would YOU want the routes changed always? That doesn't make for surviving to get to work.

The system is flawed and it is an ongoing EXPERIMENT.

You ever lived in a city and used a bus system? How many times was the route changed? I suppose you support a bus hub at KU? Now that would really make for reliance to get to work.

It is an experiment ongoing as it was when it was started.

Want to place a bet that before the end of 2016, the routes will again be toyed with? And for sure in 2017, it is part of experiment.

Mike Wasikowski 1 year, 3 months ago

When I discover a problem with something I've done, I search for the cause, develop a solution to that cause, implement it, and continue monitoring for future problems. Do you do something different? Ignore the problem entirely? Let it fester? Tear down the whole thing and never try again?

Paul Beyer 1 year, 3 months ago

David, simply question, using small easy to understand words. Have you ever used the T? See, I only used words with less than 4 characters. Is that not what you can see and read?

Jeff Dean 1 year, 3 months ago

Experiments are how we learn and make things better. If it's flawed, fix it. Are you saying we abandon it?

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