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What would you like to see in a coordinated public transit system?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 4, 2009

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Photo of Robert Yoe

“A transit that goes around the square: Mass. Street to Sixth, Sixth to Iowa, Iowa to 23rd and than back down to Mass. Street, on an hourly basis. That would be perfect.”

Photo of Ophra Leyser

“More frequent routes.”

Photo of Jon Kletsky

“I’d like to see it operate in a more timely fashion.”

Photo of Clare Doveton

“More direct routes, longer hours … to service late-night bar patrons.”


Omegatron 9 years, 1 month ago

A grid system. N,S,E,W with KU in the center.A Main route, in each grid, that hit all major commercial, residential, medical, etc, establishments and points of interest every half hour.Transfer points in each grid where they intersect with other grids.Additional targeted routes to cover what the main routes cannot.Longer hours for people who have to work late night.

Omegatron 9 years, 1 month ago

Scratch that...First I would like to rework the whole bloody thing...Loop 1Combine Routes 1 & 2Route 1's route the same from downtown til 15th & Haskell Ave. Turn east down 15th past the rec center to 15th & Harper, To 23rd & Harper, to 23rd & 19th, follow route 2's route back to downtown.Loop 2Combine Routes 3 & 4Instead of 2 continuing as route 3. Have 3 continue as route 4 and 4 doing the reverse.Loop 3 & 4Split route 55 West follow the same route from wal-mart But turn North on Kasold, on return trip, to Bob Billings, south to crestline (could loop through apartment area north of bob billings) Crestline toKu park and ride area, to Iowa st. Back to wal-mart.5 East wal-mart down 31st to Louisiana, to 23rd, Haskell University, Turn south on Haskell ave. to E. 28TH Terrace, to Harper, to 23rd street, to East hills. Return up 23rd st. to Haskell University, to 23rd & Louisina, to Iowa st. To wal-mart.Loop 5Route 6 remain the same.Loop 6Combine Routes 7 & 87 from downtown, to 19th, past LHS To 23rd, west on 23rd to Ousdahl, follow 8's route back to downtown.Buses going opposite ways on loops..Coordinate after rework with existing routes...

Omegatron 9 years, 1 month ago

Coordinate after rework with existing routes… KU Routes...And have every loop on a half hour time table.There, done...

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 1 month ago

"What would you like to see in a coordinated public transit system?"Omegatron: "A grid system...."Omegatron: "Scratch that…",;-D

jonas_opines 9 years, 1 month ago

Omegatron's got pretty much what I had in my head, except the route through KU can't be changed. It's the most populated route on the entire system, because it goes directly through KU.

average 9 years, 1 month ago

Start with having all the buses meet at the same place and same time, whether that's downtown or on campus. Eliminate the twenty minute wait downtown, each way, for many logical connections, and I'd ride a lot, lot more.If the hub remains downtown, add a few bus bays to the lot beside the parking garage or the arts center. Doesn't seem difficult. But the city has kept the ridiculous twenty-minute-shuffle since the inception.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 1 month ago

I'd like gold-plated trolley cars running every 3 minutes regardless of ridership numbers or budget concerns.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

purchase fuel efficient( as can be) vehicles nowmore service during rush hoursLarger maintenance facility smaller long life buseslater hours at least to 10PMKU seems to be doing a great job into the late night -GOOD JOB*Thanks T for being a good employer

flux 9 years, 1 month ago

I think Clare used to be Clark. Shoot the square, I like that one Robert.

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

bio-diesel/electric hybrid buses like those in Europe.why can't our manufacturers make those?i think its called BIG OIL lobbyists.

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

here is a bio-diesel hybrid bus in Montreal.USA lets Canada lead the way?

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

An empty bus is an empty bus. I don't care how many "experts" try to fix it.

littlelody 9 years, 1 month ago

I seriously think the "T" routes and the KU on Wheels routes need to be integrated using the Google system already available to T user's at this site: your routes and times is the hardest part for me, and I found this extremely handy!

rusty2 9 years, 1 month ago

TGV high speed rail service to Chicago,Denver,&Dallas.

jonas_opines 9 years, 1 month ago

"Simple math: more routes=more patrons."Simplified math, rather. More routes also = more fixed and non-fixed costs.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget the Pancake Race in Liberal!

Jeanne Cunningham 9 years, 1 month ago

Think about how other businesses increase their business: 1. They have "specials".2. They have very-special "specials" in low activity times.3. They advertize, especially their "specials".4. They do comparisons with other options, to show you what a good deal they have for you.5. They have "loyalty" cards.6. They have frequent buyer rewards.7. They have "grand openings" with free stuff.8. They cooperate with other businesses to create "deals".And, because they want/need to be able to advertize those things, they DO those things...If more people tried it, more people would like it. And, if more people were enticed to try it...

Eaglepass 9 years, 1 month ago

Free rides and at least 10 empT supporters every 1/2 hour on every bus.I think that there well be problem raising money via the tax increase over the next money to spend no taxes for the empT

jonas_opines 9 years, 1 month ago

You know, Bea, that gives me a totally tasteless but rather effective idea. In parts of China they have these little motorcycle taxis where the back is enclosed by a short phonebooth type thing where 1 or maybe 2 Chinese people, or one American, could sit and ride to their destination. Maybe we can bring all of them here, for cheap, and send them around the city along the fixed routes in place of the larger busses. They work for so cheap, you could easily have one going by every 5 minutes for a fraction of the cost it takes to run those busses. In a way, it would be almost like a citywide chairlift.

postfactumproductions 9 years, 1 month ago

I liked the T when I lived in Lawrence. Now in Chicago I realize how screwed up the T was. Chicago transit is incredibly efficient even though I wish the bus that takes me to my house ran a little later(it ends at 1am). I rarely have to wait more than 10 minutes for any bus. T people should have a conversation with the Chicago people. Maybe learn a few things.

Godot 9 years, 1 month ago

What would I like to see in a coordinated public transit system? No buses. No employees. No taxpayer money.

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years, 1 month ago

"edjayhawk (Anonymous) says… Simple math: more routes=more patrons."Simple math: more routes = increased expense. There is virtually no demand for this service.

notajayhawk 9 years, 1 month ago

Free personal hovercraft for everyone.*****edjayhawk (Anonymous) says… "Simple math: more routes=more patrons."That math works great.It's why we all use personal vehicles.(Incidentally, what happens to your simple math when the number of routes exceeds the number of people?)***nobody1793 (Anonymous) says… "Bullet train to KCI and the plaza."Now there's a good plan. Except then everyone would be spending their money in Kansas City instead of in Lawrence and there'd be no sales tax dollars to pay for it. Minor detail.***Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says… "Not so sure you'd want those sticking up when the person standing in front of you looses their balance at a dip and suddenly ends up in your lap."Not so sure I'd want to be the one who lost their balance, either.****postfactumproductions (Anonymous) says… "I rarely have to wait more than 10 minutes for any bus.""T people should have a conversation with the Chicago people. Maybe learn a few things."Starting with how to suddenly and magically have a population of 9-1/2 million people in the metro area, for example?

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