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What would prompt you to ride the T or ride it more often?

Response Percent Votes
Nothing, I won’t ride the T.
 
45% 156
More convenient routes.
 
36% 127
More convenient hours of service.
 
12% 42
The price of gas increasing to more than $3 a gallon.
 
5% 19
Total 344

Comments

RomanNose 7 years, 4 months ago

jlw53, A car occupied by one person produces on average 2.06 grams/passenger-mile (g/pm) of nitrogen oxides for work trips. A fully occupied transit bus, on the other hand, would produce 1.54 g/pm. Similarly, the car occupied by one person would produce 15.06 g/pm of carbon monoxide and 2.09 g/pm of hydrocarbons. The bus would produce 3.05 g/pm and .2 g/pm of the same pollutants, respectively. Mozilla is correct. Check it yourself; http://www.cas.usf.edu/philosophy/mass/Stephanie.html

Jayhawker07 7 years, 4 months ago

Dear hitme,

How about a direct route to HOOTERS and back. Hey HOOTERS, why don't you locate here? Then I could stop by there on my way home. Love them wings and oysters on the half shell.

Jayhawker07 7 years, 4 months ago

Guess I can't vote. I like it just the way it is.

tvc 7 years, 4 months ago

How about the option of I already ride the T?

average 7 years, 4 months ago

Service to KU more than every hour-and-twenty.

All busses meeting at the same time. North Lawrence to KU? Haskell to West Sixth? Lawrence High to the hospital? In each of those instances, you have to wait downtown for twenty extra minutes each way. Take any of several vacant lots and build a simple bus island so they all can arrive at the same time.

Not turning into a pumpkin at 8 is a wish, but getting the first two fixed would be huge.

Jeanne Cunningham 7 years, 4 months ago

Let kids ride free. Especially, let them ride to/from schools - to/from activities centers, etc. Or, at least give each school-aged kid a book of free passes. Get'em while they're young. I think that one reason the ridership is lower here than in other places is the learned mentality of "getting Mom to give us a ride..."

Movie theatres and/or other entertainment facilities should buy books of passes, good for specific bus routes - from a kids' house/school to the facility.

The city should do the same to get kids to/from Rec centers, etc.

Businesses - esp. with limited/restricted parking should do it for their employees. Also, eliminates the "my car wouldn't start" excuse...

This is NOT rocket science. Public transportation makes sense in everyone's brains. The psychological and emotional chains are more difficult to break.

jlw53 7 years, 4 months ago

What Mozilla? Reduce our carbon footprint? Have you seen the large amounts of diesel smoke spewing out the back of them? I bet my car has not produced the total pollution in over 17 years that any one of them produces in a year.

mozilla 7 years, 4 months ago

I've just moved here from unbelievably abysmal towns here in kansas. Your bus system here ROCKS out loud. I wouldn't change a thing. I believe that as more and more people are working to reduce their carbon footprint - the bus will become an increasingly attractive option. Don't change a thing. Seriously.

texburgh 7 years, 4 months ago

The T is terrific. I don't use it a lot but when I do, I find it comfortable, efficient, and pleasant. I believe it is important for us to support the T for the benefit of those that don't have a car or can't afford gasoline. We do this to take care of those less fortunate. The added benefit of the T is that it is good for our environment. I'm happy that my taxes go to support the T. Keep it going.

David Klamet 7 years, 4 months ago

All but one of the routes go through 9th and Mass. I live near Bob Billings in West Lawrence. If I want to go to anything in SW Lawrence, I must go all the way downtown first. Then all the way back downtown on the way back home. I go to SW Lawrence much more often than I do downtown and my guess is that I am not unusual. I just have to wonder if the downtown centric route layout doesn't have an impact on ridership.

The T is a great and it would be nice to see it become "the" way to get around Lawrence.

Marc Mondi 7 years, 4 months ago

"The added benefit of the T is that it is good for our environment."

Let's face it, the T is ahead of it's time. Sure, cleaning up (or at least helping) our polluted environment is all warm and fuzzy, but the T is not needed in Lawrence. The town is not congested enough to warrant a bus system like a large metropolitan area. Sure, Chicago needs one. Sure, Atlanta needs one. Kansas City too. But Lawrence? C'mon, you can still drive from the far West of town to the East in less than 25-30 minutes during the most congested times. What advantage does the T offer besides the "let's be enviro-friendly and all hop on the bus to save our planet" factor? Besides, a bunch of empty buses getting 6-7 mpg doesn't seem to enviro friendly anyway.

jonas 7 years, 4 months ago

Honesty in action. 45% of respondents don't care, and admit that nothing that could ever be done would make them ride public transportation. Or, at least, ours. It's better this way, they can then be marginalized as worthless, and proper results can be searched for.

coneflower 7 years, 4 months ago

The T is one of the things that made me want to move to Lawrence. It shows the city has vision and a sense of community. I was disappointed to learn in this forum that the T was originally pushed by Doug Compton who wanted transportation to his apartment complexes, but it really does not matter - a good thing is a good thing, even if born out of something short-sighted and self-serving. I don't ride it every day, but my family rides it several times a week, partly out of a desire to support it, and I see people on the bus every time who absolutely depend on it: elderly, youngsters, workers, and people who cannot drive for one reason or another. Chat with them and you'll see how important the bus is to our community.

This commission seems to want to destroy everything that benefits the many, and divert all the tax revenue to a few profit-makers.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 4 months ago

The T is why my husband and I want to retire here. We both commute now, and are looking forward to when we can let someone else do the driving. The routes could be better. In many cities they have several buses running up and down the main thoroughfares in 10 minute intervals. You have to walk further to catch a bus, but if you miss it, you only have to wait 10 minutes. Buses going up and down Mass, looping through downtown, Iowa, 6th street, 23 street, and 1 route that goes up and down the lengths 19th and 15th would be great. And of course a route out to the north side. I know this wouldn't make some give up their weird relationship with their gas guzzlers, but I know we've opted for the car, because we missed a bus, and couldn't wait 40 minutes for the next.

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