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Some Lawrence officials say bus service should be free


December 8, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Some Lawrence leaders say the city should consider eliminating bus fares in the wake of a drop in ridership.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that annual ridership dropped from 3.13 million trips in 2017 to 2.97 million in 2018, or by about 5.3%. Ridership is on pace to drop another 5.6% from 2018 to 2019.

That amounts to about 1,000 fewer trips for every day the bus operates. The city and the University of Kansas coordinate their bus service.

Transit officials provided several potential reasons for the drop in ridership, including low gas prices, weather and rid...

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