Public Transportation has long been one of the ways to get up the steep hill we know as Mount Oread. There is an excellent article on the KU History page about the streetcars that operated 1910-1933.
Until 1971, Lawrence Bus Company operated the public transportation in Lawrence. When LBC closed down its public operations, KU on Wheels was created to keep transportation for students on campus. KU on Wheels operated under Student Senate from 1971 until 2007, when it moved to the KU Parking & Transit office.
Major milestones since 2007 include:
- Purchased buses beginning in 2007
- Fare free since Fall 2008
- More efficient use of student fees to provide better service
In our "down time", the Parking & Transit staff is researching the history of KU on Wheels from 1971 to 2005 in the University Archives.