Central Station

Project Overview

Since 2010, Lawrence Transit has operated the majority of bus transfers from temporary locations in Downtown. Site selection studies in 2014 and 2018, in addition to a TIGER grant application in 2016, informed potential viable sites for a permanent facility. In July 2020 the City and University of Kansas agreed to develop Central Station on university property located at Bob Billings & Crestline Drive.

Because the project site is not located near a current transfer area, a Route Redesign Study was conducted in 2021-2022 to take advantage of this new facility. In the course of the Route Redesign Study, it became clear that permanent improvements for Downtown transfers are required to facilitate routes that will still operate in that area. Downtown improvements remain on Lawrence Transit’s priority list, but are now separate from the Central Station project.

Upon completion of Central Station, it will be served by 7 local routes and 2 regional routes, with 5 routes continuing to serve Downtown Lawrence.

Status + Timeline + Next Steps


In Progress


Project Start: July 2020
Project End: Q1 2024

Milestone 1: City of Lawrence and University of Kansas sign MOU for Bob Billings & Crestline site (July 2020) – Completed
Milestone 2: Conduct Public Outreach and Concept Design (April 2021–August 2021) – Completed
Milestone 3: Develop Design + Engineering Documents (August 2021–November 2022) – Completed
Milestone 4: Award Contractor (January 2023) – Completed
Milestone 5: Begin Construction (January 2023) – In Progress
Milestone 6: Complete Construction (Estimated Q1 2024) – Not Started

Next Steps

The MCP Group has begun construction activity on the Central Station site. In mid August 2023, the outdoor paving is nearing completion and work continues on landscaping and finer details on the platform canopy. Inside the building, sheetrock and tile work is ongoing. The internal project team meets every 2 weeks to track high priority decisions and actions to remain on the project timeline, and new information will be shared publicly as it is available. The estimated timeline for the site to be operational for vehicles January 2024, which is critical for Route Redesign implementation. The completion of the building and less operationally-critical site work is estimated for completion in January 2024.

Downtown transit improvements, a related project, is expected to restart public engagement in 2024. More than $1.6 million of state funds have been awarded for Downtown, and the bulk of public outreach and site selection is anticipated to happen in 2024, with design and construction likely in 2025. For more information about Downtown improvements, please visit the Downtown Station project page.

Completed + Supporting Documentation

Project partners

Prior Studies + Background Information

Central Station Project Milestones

Milestone 1

Milestone 2

Milestone 3

Milestone 4

Milestone 5

Milestone 6