June transit numbers exceed expectations

Ridership on The T increases 19% from previous year

Many people in Lawrence have realized that riding the bus is the best way to get around town. That was apparent in the most recent ridership reports, which showed an increase from 49,839 riders in June 2012 to 59,434 riders in June 2013.

Increasing gas prices, reduced parking and cost of vehicle maintenance are some of the reasons why many people choose to leave their cars at home and ride the bus instead. According to the American Public Transit Association (APTA), transit ridership has increased in this country each year, and 2012 saw the highest ridership since 1957.

"It's nice to see so many people riding the bus and finding that it works for them," said Robert Nugent, Lawrence Transit Administrator. "We strive to provide the best coordinated service with KU and the community as a whole."

K-12 students began riding the bus this summer in record numbers. Many of them have taken advantage of the new Student Summer Bus Pass offered for the first time this year. Riding the bus provides independence for the students, while reducing the need for parents to shuttle their kids to summer activities.

As of August 1, there are minor route changes to the city and university bus routes to improve efficiency. These changes are reflected in the new Transit Guide now available at many locations around town including City Hall, Lawrence Public Library, grocery stores, and the KU campus. For more information, visit www.lawrencetransit.org/routes or call (785) 864-4644.