Update on COVID-19

March 22, 2020

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

  • Beginning 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:

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).
  • 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, contact the Lawrence Transit hotline at (785) 864-4644 or email info@lawrencetransit.org.