Public transit

New car-sharing program available downtown
July 18, 2013
Thanks to a new car-sharing program in downtown Lawrence, residents now have a new option for getting around without using their own vehicle. The silver Kia Optima now stationed in the city parking lot on the west side of New Hampshire Street near Eighth Street is available for any resident to reserve and drive at an hourly rate, through a program run by the Hertz car rental company. By Matt Erickson
Bus hub move doesn’t greatly affect riders
July 17, 2013
Today was the first day for the Lawrence Transit’s transportation hub to operate on the 700 block of Vermont Street instead of at it’s former New Hampshire street location. Despite some concerns from riders about a need for benches and shelters to be installed at the Vermont Street hub, most passengers were pleased with the way the City informed riders of the move. By Meagan Thomas
Location of downtown bus transfer point set to change
November 27, 2012
By early next year, the area near Ninth and Vermont streets will be the new center of the city’s public transit system. By Chad Lawhorn
SafeBus adjusting services to meet demand
July 29, 2012
As ridership continues to grow, Kansas University is adding a route to its SafeBus system and increasing the frequency of downtown pickups.
City Commission to explore building new transit hub
July 10, 2012
City commissioners are interested in exploring sites outside of downtown for a new public transit hub.
Kansas legislators get kudos for transportation work
July 9, 2012
Economic Lifelines on Monday honored several legislators for their support of state transportation funding.
Lawrence, KU hosting public forums to discuss public transportation, transit depot idea
February 8, 2012
The city and KU will host three public meetings next week to get feedback on proposed changes to the transit system, and city leaders said they still want to hear feedback about the idea of locating a transit hub in the Santa Fe Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets.
City adds 3 hybrid diesel-electric buses to public transit fleet
August 11, 2011
Three new hybrid diesel-electric buses joined Lawrence’s public transit fleet on Thursday. The 40-foot buses operate similarly to a hybrid car, and the end results, city leaders hope, are significant reductions in fuel costs, maintenance costs and pollution.
City wants public input on changes to bus routes
February 17, 2011
Riders of the city’s public transit system should prepare for route changes, especially if they travel in or near North Lawrence, Haskell Indian Nations University or the Prairie Park neighborhood.
Lawrence city transit service shuts down early because of severe weather; late start planned on Wednesday
12:44 p.m., February 1, 2011 Updated 05:00 p.m.
Well, they lasted a lot longer than school buses did. The city’s public transit system opened on Tuesday and ran for most of the day before inclement weather caused it to shut down at 4 p.m. — four hours earlier than normal.
Lawrence transit system getting six new buses that are shorter and cheaper
November 30, 2010
The city’s public transit service is set to unveil six new buses that are a full five feet shorter than the 30-foot buses the city has been using since the system began in 2001.
Lawrence public transit systems honored by state, federal associations
Ridership increase since KU, city bus lines merged is best in the state
September 27, 2010
It’s being hailed the “Best Bus Around,” and state and federal officials are smiling.
Guide outlines transit changes
July 22, 2010
Transit officials are looking forward to improving service, attracting more customers and more closely matching supply with demand when it comes to getting riders from here to there and back.
Lawrence to buy six transit buses
12:00 a.m., May 26, 2010 Updated 10:21 a.m.
The cuts at Lawrence City Hall just keep coming. Commissioners Tuesday cut 5 feet off a half-dozen city transit buses.
Lawrence Transit bus winds up in ditch near East Hills Business Park
April 7, 2010
A Lawrence Transit bus found itself in a ditch near the East Hills Business Park Wednesday afternoon.