Downtown 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 Station improvements are now separate from the Central Station project.

With Central Station complete and served by 7 routes, 5 routes will continue to serve Downtown Station. More than $1.6 million of state funds have been awarded for Downtown Station, and the bulk of public outreach, site selection, and concept design is anticipated to happen in 2024, with construction likely in 2025.

Status + Timeline + Next Steps


In Progress


Project Start: January 2024
Project End: Q4 2025

Milestone 1: Establish Steering Committee (Jan 2024–Feb 2024) Complete
Milestone 2: Determine Geographic Boundary (Estimated Jun 2024) In Progress
Milestone 3: Determine Site Selection Criteria (Estimated Aug 2024) In Progress
Milestone 4: Solicit Site Ideas for Evaluation (Estimated Jun – Sep 2024) – Not Started
Milestone 5: Rank & Recommend 3-5 Sites for Concept Design (Oct 2024) – Not Started
Milestone 6: Develop Concept Designs, City Commission to Select 1 Site to Advance to Final Design (Estimated Q4 2024) – Not Started
Milestone 7: Develop Design + Engineering Documents (Estimated Q1–Q2 2025) – Not Started
Milestone 8: Award Contractor (Estimated Q2 2025) – Not Started
Milestone 9: Begin Construction (Estimated Q2 2025) – Not Started
Milestone 10: Complete Construction (Estimated Q4 2025) – Not Started

Next Steps

The Steering Committee will vote on the recommended final geographic boundary at its 5/20/24 meeting, which will then go to City Commission for a vote on 6/4/24.

Completed + Supporting Documentation

Project partners

  • Architecture: TBD
  • Construction: TBD

Prior Studies + Background Information

Steering Committee

Downtown Station Project Milestones

Milestone 1

Milestone 2 – Determine Boundary

Milestone 3 – Determine Site Selection Criteria

Milestone 4 – Solicit Site Ideas

Milestone 5 – Rank Site Ideas

Milestone 6 – Develop Concepts

Milestone 7 – Develop Final Designs

Milestone 8 – Award Contractor

Milestone 9 – Begin Construction

Milestone 10 – Finish Construction