Lawrence Transit celebrates 15-year anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 15 years!

Lawrence Transit started in December 2000 when residents recognized a need for transit in their community. With eight routes and paratransit (T Lift) service, transit was off to a great start. Since then, many new services have been added and milestones have been reached.

  • More routes have been added, and times have been adjusted to allow for easier transfers from one bus to another. All routes now run on a 30-minute or 60-minute schedule.
  • Service has been coordinated with KU Transit. This has been a win-win for bus riders since anyone can ride any bus in Lawrence.
  • Night Line service was added, providing service from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday, so residents now have access to 24-hour bus service six days a week.
  • Mobile tools such as the bus app and texting provide real-time bus information for riders.
  • New bus pass sales outlets have been added at Dillons and Hy-Vee, along with The Merc for added convenience.
  • Bike racks were added to all buses, including KU buses, allowing riders to increase their commuting options.
  • Ridership has increased to 1.2 million riders per year. This is a 150% increase since 2008.

For so many people, transit is a necessary and important part of their lives. The service provides needed transportation to jobs, school, medical appointments and shopping. Many people prefer to ride the bus even if they own a car since it saves money and reduces stress. Riding the bus also helps the environment and reduces traffic on the roads.