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Lawrence is getting six new buses for the T. How often do you use public transportation?

Response Percent Votes
75% 700
Often — Daily or weekly
11% 108
Rarely — Once or twice a year (if that)
9% 87
Sometimes — Once a month or so
4% 38
Total 933


pandazrule 3 years, 4 months ago

I teach at KU, live downtown and use the T every day to go to work and back and go shopping. I love it and couldn't get along without it!


cletus26 3 years, 4 months ago

been meaning to ride it, but just haven't.


wdl 3 years, 4 months ago

I couldn't help but notice that they are buying 6 considerably smaller buses to replace the old timers. Its almost like saying we over spent on the old buses way back when we purchased them. As a tax payer I squirm in my seat every time I see a MT bus which is most of the time. How can any one in there right mind justify this expense to the tax payers.

No business man or woman would put up with this gross amount of waste in their business. As a matter of fact if the T was a business it would have went under long ago. How long will the tax payers be a part of the endless use of our dollars in this city. As for the library just another example of funds wasted for a few paid for by all. Lets through the bums out and let KU stroke their own boat.


David Albertson 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm waiting for the neo-conservatives to blame Obama.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 4 months ago

There is something very telling in that bar graph above, it seems that not many people are interested in the Empty Bus Company. Is this proper and efficient use of tax payer dollars to provide nearly free transportation to an infinitesimal segment of the population? Taxes are bad enough now on those who are responsible citizens and maintain their own life support and transportation. Why should we support those who do not?

Don't jump on me, why should I work and save and maintain my own transportation and then be forced to support those who do not? I am in favor of the T-Lift for disabled and other handicapped, but they should have to provide evidence and pay for this service just like the people who have to pay the fee for the handicapped tags for their cars.


Romans832 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't know if the "Park and Ride" buses are considered public transportation, since I am driving to a parking lot. But I am taking a bus to get to my final destination. I use the P&R option daily to get to work.


none2 3 years, 4 months ago

EmpTy defined: A boondoggle transportation system concocted by the few, for the use of the few, at the expense of all.

Creating these kinds of projects is way of life that Lawrence has raised to something between an art form and a religion (world view).


Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 4 months ago

We forget that the costs for the empT were transferred from property taxes to sales taxes. We did not get any property tax relief. Where did the city spend this money (Some $4 million a year)?

An idiot would understand that the powers to be are using tax dollars to compete with private enterprise. This is wrong all the way down to the roots.

When you have 1/3rd the population and 1/2 the busses needed to make this program work, how in the world can the most stupid person in this voting community even consider continuing this money pit? Now we pile on another $18 million for the new library, running off new business, run away spending on the schools, and continuing to spend much more than we have, it is no wonder people are looking for other options when it comes to buying a house.


purplesage 3 years, 4 months ago

The smaller buses make sense. Has anyone ever seen more than a few heads on one of the blue bombs? But pity the mechanics who have to work on those van / bus things. They are awful. And expensive. One of which I'm aware had battery problems. A dealer wanted $1K - that's right, a thousand dollars - for the battery cable. Lawrence Battery fixed it for under $20!


StuckinKansas 3 years, 4 months ago

Why spend an hour on buses when you can get across town in ten minutes, on a bicyle? I would like to know what the ridership is for the bus system?


kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

I grew up in a larger city and used the city's bus system to get to school, do shopping and later my first job. Having grown up with a handicapped parent, who was unable to drive, it was a godsend.


imzo2002 3 years, 4 months ago

If the bus came out to my house I would take it more often but i really dont want to walk over a mile to catch the bus that comes every hour and fourty minutes.


FarneyMac 3 years, 4 months ago

I used public transportation almost exclusively when I lived in Chicago, but I've never used it in Lawrence. I fully support the idea of public transportation, but in a town like Lawrence it is just too inconvenient for most people to use unless it's an absolute necessity.


VTHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I take the bus every day to work, but I work in a city where it makes sense to have public transit (Shanghai), not a city with low population density like Lawrence.


jackbinkelman 3 years, 4 months ago

How often...? Rarely, but it's there if I need it.


Richard Payton 3 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the City could promote the T for late night crowds and bar routes. This would keep the patrons that might have one drink too many off the road. Not certain if this would work or not, maybe worth an evaluation test.


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