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Ridership on the T up in 2009


Ridership numbers on the city’s public transit system are up for the first two months of 2009.

According to figures released Friday, average daily ridership on the city’s fixed-route T buses increased by 11 percent compared with January 2008 numbers. Average daily ridership increased by 12.3 percent in February.

In terms of real numbers, average daily ridership in January increased from 1,149 riders to 1,276. In February, daily ridership increased from 1,166 to 1,310.

Overall, the T has provided 64,617 rides in the two months, up from 59,026 during the same two months of 2007.

The increase comes as city commissioners have changed policies that now allow Kansas University students to ride the T for free, if they show their KU IDs.

The increase also comes on the heels of the first overall ridership decline in the T’s history. Despite increasing gasoline prices, T ridership in 2008 fell slightly — by less than one percent — compared with the 2007 totals. The T system provided 387,938 one-way rides in 2008.


HermioneElliott 9 years, 3 months ago

I ride the T and I assure you I pay my bills. I would venture to say that the other passengers do also. The number eight that goes though campus always has a lot of students going to Wal-Mart. I guess in a sense they are vagrants as they are passing though Lawrence. There is a nice variety of people on the bus and you are always assured of a good conversation.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

The vagrents and others who cant pay their bills are back in town.

It also seems that morons who post overgeneralized statements are back, also.

madameX 9 years, 3 months ago

"It also seems that morons who post overgeneralized statements are back, also."

I don't think they ever left...

sinverguenza 9 years, 3 months ago

Does anyone know if/when the merger happens if they will lengthen operating hours? What exactly will happen when that goes through?

I've taken the T a few times but often choose not to take it because it can get me somewhere but can't get me back home.

I think if the bus system were able to stretch its operations to accommodate the general public instead of just students, ridership would likely increase even more. I know I would certainly use it more.

beawolf 9 years, 3 months ago

Larry_The_Moocher (Anonymous) says…

The vagrents and others who cant pay their bills are back in town.

Nice to have you back.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

edjayhawk (Anonymous) says…

Truth hurts, doesn't Larry….Where's all of the anti-T people on here who continue to claim the buses are always half empty?

Sure makes me a proud taxpayer to support KU on Wheels ridership... Dang, maybe we (the city) should transport all the KU students to class. Could you imagine the T ridership stats???,,,, don't worry about the money... It doesn't exist anyway

Omegatron 9 years, 3 months ago

Ridership would go up a whole lot more if they redid the entire system from the ground up.

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