How to Ride

Route Identification

All buses have destination signs on the front and on the curb side near the front door. The destination sign displays the route number and destination of the bus (example: 6 Downtown). Read the signs carefully to ensure you are boarding the correct bus.

Bus stop sign

Locating a Bus Stop

Passengers are allowed to board or exit a vehicle at any marked bus stop. Bus stops are identified with signs. People using mobility devices are allowed to board and exit at the nearest ADA accessible location to a bus stop.

Getting on the Bus

  • Wait at a marked bus stop.
  • Stand back from curb when the bus is approaching.
  • Alert driver if you need the ramp to board the bus.
  • Insert ticket or cash fare (exact change only) into farebox, or show driver KU Card, bus pass, mobile ticket or transfer slip.
  • No fare required on KU circulator routes.
  • Take a seat if available, and remain seated.

Getting off the Bus

  • Pull the bell cord above the windows prior to your destination stop.
  • Remain seated and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to exit.
  • After you exit, stand to the side of the road or on the sidewalk until the bus has pulled away.
  • Never cross the street in front of the bus.

Tips for Riders

  • A bus is considered on time up to 5 minutes after the scheduled time.
  • Arrive at the bus stop early. Too early is better than missing the bus.
  • Have your pass, ticket, or fare ready before the bus arrives.
  • Waving at the driver will help them know you want to board.
  • Bus drivers are good resources and are willing to help. If you need assistance, please ask.
  • Make sure you leave with all items you brought on the bus.

Travel Training

What is Travel Training?

Travel Training is a free personalized service provided to anyone interested in learning how to use the fixed-route bus system and other transit options in the area. This program is customized to meet your individual needs and goals. You will gain the necessary skills to travel independently through hands-on experience. The Travel Trainer will spend as much time as needed with you to ensure you are comfortable traveling on your own.

Travel Training options

  • One-on-one sessions
  • Group training
  • Train the trainer (for organizations)

Benefits of Travel Training

  • Enhances mobility options in the community
  • Promotes independence
  • Teaches practical skills to travel Lawrence safely
  • Provides low-cost, environmentally friendly transportation option

What does the program offer?

The program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs. We offer one-on-one or group training, as well as train the trainer sessions so you can bring this information back to your organization. Below are several topics the training could include:

  • Trip Planning
  • Reading a bus schedule
  • Using smartphone apps for real time information and step-by-step trip planning
  • Bus Behavior
  • Transferring between buses
  • Paying the fare and buying bus passes
  • Using bikes, grocery carts, and strollers
  • Safety Skills
  • Getting on and off the bus
  • Boarding using a mobility device
  • Pedestrian Skills
  • Getting to and from bus stops
  • Unique situations

Who can use it?

Anyone! Seniors. Students. Adults. Individuals with Disabilities. Paratransit Approved Riders. New to Lawrence Area.

More information

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about the Travel Training program, send us an email at