What are your thoughts about transportation in Lawrence – Douglas County?
11 registered statements
Kevin Boatright inside 66049
January 12, 2018, 1:35 PM
The Santa Fe Station in East Lawrence is both the city's gateway to the national Amtrak passenger rail service and - potentially - a key component of the emerging Warehouse Arts District. Rehabilitation of this facility will improve the safety and enhance the comfort of travelers arriving in and departing from Lawrence. It can also lead to greater use of the facility for any number of worthwhile purposes, given its strategic location just east of the city center. An advocacy group known as Depot Redux has worked tirelessly for several years in support of the restoration of this mid-century modern landmark. The project enjoys substantial support in the community and within the municipal government. The highly competitive TE grant, awarded in 2014, is essential to the success of the project. It is crucial that this grant not be allowed to slip away. Along with other members of the Depot Redux group, I encourage the Transportation Advisory Board to approve the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program – Amendment #4 which includes the addition and revision of costs and schedules for multi-modal roadway and rail depot projects.
Carey Maynard-Moody inside 66044
January 12, 2018, 9:54 AM
I have been an advocate for the rehabilitation of the historic Santa Fe Station in Lawrence, KS for many years. I have worked with other advocates and Amtrak to improve the safety and comfort of rail passengers using this building while waiting for the train. Recognizing the value of this classic midcentury modern building that continues to function as a working depot and a gateway to our city, members of the community have come forward in support of bringing it back to its highest and best use. The TE grant to the City received four years ago was hard to come by. Projected costs of the project have changed in that time. It is important that we not let this grant slip away.
Therefore I encourage the Transp. Advisory Board to approve the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program – Amendment #4 which includes the addition and revision of costs and schedules for multimodal roadway and rail depot projects.
Venus Stafford inside 66044
January 11, 2018, 8:36 AM
I love the bus it makes life easier
Gary Webber inside 66049
November 3, 2017, 12:22 PM
When planning for transportation, please consider all modes of travel. Making our city safe for walkers and bikers is more than just installing sharrows and narrow unprotected bike lanes. We need to design our city to make active transportation safe for all. This means bike lanes protected from traffic, either by separating them with barriers or moving them away from vehicular traffic entirely. It also means planning development in a way that promotes active transportation, by returning to grid street design, integrating businesses into residential neighborhoods , and reducing vehicular speeds city-wide with aggressive traffic-calming design. The safer you make Lawrence for bikers and walkers, the more active transportation will occur. The more active transportation occurs, the healthier our environment and residents.
October 30, 2017, 1:48 PM
The transportation system is pretty good; the buses are efficient and usually on time. However, aside from the morning rush, I notice throughout the day a definite difference in the number of buses running each route. For example, I ride the bus route 36 each weekday. Sometimes I will have to wait 40+ minutes for the bus to arrive so that I can get home, whereas I will see 4 or more of the 46 bus route in that same timeframe. Worse yet, as the day progresses almost no one will board these buses at the stop while I am waiting for my route. It is frustrating that other routes have so many buses allocated to them when few ride them later in the day, whereas I am almost always stuck waiting for ages. I would suggest reallocating bus routes as the day progresses so that these routes believed to be busy (46) are not unnecessarily running every 5 or so minutes, leaving other routes unattended for much longer.
Marilyn Hull inside 66044
October 30, 2017, 1:37 PM
In general I think we have a good transportation system. I'm grateful for the hard work of those who plan it, build it and maintain it.
Thank you for the strides made in making the community more walk-, bike- and wheel-friendly. Please keep working on connecting existing infrastructure in ways that create networks that make active transportation easy and accessible to all.
Andrew St James inside 66046
July 6, 2017, 11:57 PM
If it is at all feasible it would be beneficial to have a transit system that not only ran in Lawrence, but also connected Eudora and Baldwin City to Lawrence and each out lying area. This could create a web of transportation lines that would be freeing to those needing transportation to find work or going to college. It would at least offer choices that are not currently present. The waterways could be used where possible and also trains.
This may also reduce some of the stigma of using public transportation. It seems as though people in Lawrence have a poor view and stigmatize those who use public transportation. Removing that stigma would help improve the reputation of public transportation and let the users feel more comfortable.
Another idea might be to have rental bikes throughout the communities. It would seem as if these would do well. I've seen these in Topeka, and have noticed they are being utilized by the public. This could be a cost efficient way for public transportation as well as emphasize physical alternatives and promote healthy lifestyles.
March 15, 2017, 6:38 PM
For those that live in town a route that runs down Iowa from 31st to 6th, a route that runs down 6th from Wakarusa to mass st, and one more route that runs a square around 23rd/mass/6th/Iowa would help improve mobility as well as helping support tourism to mass street.
March 14, 2017, 1:07 PM
Tinting the windows does not hide the fact that many of the large T buses carry very few passengers most of the day. I understand the city gets federal grant money, which requires these larger buses, but is it really worth the added fuel cost and heavy pollutants produced by these diesel vehicles to transport so few? How is it any more efficient then the 1 guy in the 1 ton pickup?
Chris Sorrentino inside 66044
February 21, 2017, 5:35 PM
As a career transportation and logistics officer in the United States Air Force, I managed large organizations and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property and equipment during my 20 year career. Needless to say, I have a bit of experience in the arena.
I have tried to get involved, volunteering my time to numerous organizations and non-profits (I am also a licensed professional counselor in MO) in Lawrence, with little interest or no response from community organizations in the 3+ years we have lived here. Because we have had great difficulty being accepted into the Lawrence community, either professionally or personally, we are selling our home and moving to the West Coast in June of this year. However, as a member of this community with civic pride and responsibility, I would still like to contribute to Lawrence, Kansas in any way I can before we depart.
If I can be of service in any way in this endeavor or others over the next 3+ months, feel free to contact me.
Chris Sorrentino, LtCol, USAF (Ret)
MS, LPC, NCC
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