Coordination with the City
Since 2008, the university has worked together with Lawrence Transit to coordinate our systems, providing the most efficient service possible with our transit resources.
We embarked on this process in 2005, with a task force to consider the future of transit on campus, which was followed by two different consultant studies about coordination:
- Dan Boyle, 2006, covered both routes and governance structures
- Olsson Associates, 2010, focused specifically on routes and service standards
The first major step towards coordination was the creation of route 11, which combined 1 city route with 1 1/2 university routes that were traveling along nearly identical paths. At that time, we also began coordinating our services in a variety of other ways, such as jointly publishing a single Transit Guide instead of two separate sheet maps, publishing route and schedule information on a single website, and providing a single location and phone number for customer service, lost & found, and complaints.
While KU on Wheels and Lawrence Transit remain two separate entities with separate funding and governance structures, we've achieved our goal of making it be seen as a single transit system. "A bus is a bus is a bus."