KU News Release

Aug. 11, 2009
Contact: Robert Nugent, Lawrence Transit System, (785) 832-3464; or Derek Meier, KU on Wheels, (785) 864-4644

Transit systems coordinate on new Guide to Ride

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LAWRENCE — Using public transportation in Lawrence is easier now that information about all bus routes is available in one convenient Guide to Ride.

The Lawrence Transit System and KU on Wheels have created a publication that combines route maps, schedules and information on city and university bus routes.

Both systems previously had their own large fold-out maps. The new Guide to Ride is a booklet with a small system map that folds out from the back. Separate pages for each of the 16 routes illustrate the route map and schedules for that particular route.

The printed Guide to Ride will be distributed throughout the community at the end of this week. All the routes and schedules are now available online at www.lawrencetransit.org for those who want a head start planning a trip.

The Guide to Ride is part of the first round of recommendations issued in March by a team of nationally recognized transportation specialists hired to assist in coordinating the two transit systems.

“Having all the bus routes in one document will be a real benefit for riders,” said Robert Nugent, transit administrator. “Since the city and university have a reciprocal pass program and anyone can ride any of these routes, it makes sense to combine the information.”

“The goal of the new Guide to Ride is to make it easier for passengers to understand the routes and schedules, reducing confusion and lowering the barriers for new riders,” said Derek Meier, KU on Wheels transportation coordinator.

Two additional changes recommended by the transportation specialists are being launched this August. A new coordinated Route 11 will connect downtown, main campus, several apartment complexes and the retail area at 31st and Iowa streets. Additionally, one information hotline for both bus systems will become a centralized resource for the community. The new number is (785) 864-4644 and will be active Aug. 17.

To get help planning a route or for more information, call (785) 864-4644 or visit www.lawrencetransit.org.

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