Coronavirus Updates

The safety of the public and our employees is a top priority for Lawrence Transit. We have protocols in place for emergency scenarios like a public health crisis, and we’re staying in close touch with state and local health authorities.

Updated service announcements will be made here at www.lawrencetransit.org, on the Lawrence Transit Facebook page, and in the announcements section on our real-time bus app, MyBusLawrence.

Service Update: August 24

  • With installation of protective driver barriers, we will return to front door boarding starting Monday, August 24 on all buses.

Service Update: July 2

  • Both the State of Kansas and Douglas County have issued orders making it mandatory to wear face masks in public places. This includes waiting for or riding public transportation. Disposable masks are available on buses if you need one.

Service Update: May 1

  • Route 45 has been discontinued.

Service Update: March 23

  • KU on Wheels will be operating on a modified summer “B” schedule.
  • Routes 1-10 and 15 will continue operating as normal.
  • Routes 11 and 29 will operate on their “B” schedules.
  • Routes 27, 30, 34, 36, 38, 41, 42, 43 and 44 will not operate.
  • Instead of route 41, we will operate a modified circulator (new route 45) 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, running every 30 minutes (PDF map).

What we’re doing
Safety measures we’re taking currently include:

In order to keep our bus drivers as safe as possible, we will begin boarding passengers through the rear doors. This new safety protocol begins Wednesday, April 8. Passengers will be able to pay their bus fare or show their bus pass to the driver once entering the bus from the rear door. Fare boxes will be moved to the inside entrance of the rear door of the bus. Passengers using wheelchairs or other mobility devices will still be able to use the front door since ramps and lifts are located at the front door of the buses.

All bus drivers are now wearing cloth face masks in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We are continuing our enhanced sanitizing procedures across the system. Buses are normally cleaned every day and disinfected as needed. Now, we’re disinfecting nightly, including wiping down all surfaces and rails using CDC-endorsed cleaning products.

Sharing information about how to stay healthy. Look for tips online and on the buses.

Other resources
City of Lawrence coronavirus information
K-10 Connector switches to summer schedule
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health website
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website

What you can do

  • It is recommended that passengers travel for essential trips only (essential trips may include work if it is not possible to telework, the grocery store, and medical/pharmacy trips if pharmacy delivery and telehealth are not possible).
  • Wear face coverings while riding buses. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. See CDC recommendations on face coverings.
  • Passengers who are sick are advised not to ride the bus.
  • Passengers riding transit are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing by allowing six-feet distance between other passengers if possible.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms and have traveled to areas of concern (or have been in contact with someone who has), call ahead to your healthcare provider before you go in person, or call the KDHE Hotline at 1-877-427-7317.

We encourage everyone to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid crowds when you can. If you can commute at less busy times, or wait for a less crowded train or bus, do that.

For questions, please call (785) 864-4644 or email info@lawrencetransit.org.