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Should City Hall make deep budget cuts to the bus system?

Response Percent Votes
No - we need to improve, not cut the system
 
61% 261
Yes - the money is better spent elsewhere
 
36% 154
Undecided
 
2% 9
Total 424

Comments

gccs14r 7 years, 11 months ago

It needs to be a 24/7 operation. Folks who work 2nd or 3rd shift can't use it and it's not practical to use for an evening out for dinner or drinks, since it shuts down so early.

blackwalnut 7 years, 11 months ago

Cutting the hours and routes at all is tantamount to destroying it and I am sure the City Commission knows that.

The bus is a useful and necessary thing, but barely usable with the hours they run the T right now. They should extend the hours to 10 p.m. - not cut them.

I am wondering why the city just approved spending $200,000 to expand George Williams Way & Sixth Street to 5 lanes. The city cannot afford that, if it is cutting services like the T, the library, the pool, and social services that benefit thousands.

ksiek 7 years, 11 months ago

How incredibly shortsighted of the council to even consider such drastic cuts, especially at a time when gas prices are sky-high! The T has proven itself to be a needed and effective service, as evidenced by the fact that their ridership has more than doubled in the short time they have been in operation.

When my Dad had an accident that temporarily limited his ability to drive, the T made it possible for him to get across town to the hospital for his physical therapy. The T staff went the extra mile to expedite Dad's application so that he was able to start his therapy on time.

Adequate public transportation has been a problem in Lawrence for as long as I can remember. Now that we finally have a successful public transit system, it would be tragic to destroy overnight what it has taken years create. It will be a loss that will impact the entire community.

Godot 7 years, 11 months ago

How much does the T charge for a special ride to pizza hut and back? I have seen a T parked in front of the pizza hut on W 6th, motor running, driver in place, waiting until a single rider emerged, pizza in hand, to get on the bus. Then off went the bus, pulling out of the parking lot with the driver and one rider.

Sandra Willis 7 years, 11 months ago

I agree with both Blackwalnut and americorps

If I could drive, I would ... since I'm not able to, I use the T.

tugboat 7 years, 11 months ago

To godot - "How much does the T charge for a special ride to pizza hut and back?"

That would have been the T-Lift, paratransit for those with disabilities who cannot always use the T, picking up a disabled passenger going home from work. What a waste, all in the interest of someone who wants to be a participant in the city he/she lives in.

The answer would be $1.00

Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Three-fourths of Americans believe that being smarter about development and improving public transportation are better long-term solutions for reducing traffic congestion than building new roads, according to a survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and Smart Growth America.

The 2007 Growth and Transportation Survey details what Americans think about how development affects their immediate community. Nearly three-quarters of Americans are concerned about the role growth and development play in climate change, as well as remaining concerned about traffic congestion. Half of those surveyed think improving public transit would be the best way to reduce congestion, and 26 percent believe developing communities that reduce the need to drive would be the better alternative. Only one in five said building new roads was the answer.

Read more about 2007 Growth And Transportation Survey http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/narsgareport2007.html

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