Buses in Lawrence will be free Friday for Earth Day

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Anyone who needs a lift can hop on the T fare-free on Friday, April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, the city announced Monday morning.

“There are many reasons that public transportation is an important asset to any community. It connects people to school, work, and important services,” the city said in a news release.


“Using the bus instead of a car also helps people save money, reduces traffic congestion, and has environmental benefits such as reduced gasoline consumption and carbon emissions.”

In addition, the city will deploy its first five electric buses this year.

“The City of Lawrence has a goal of converting 100% of its fleet of vehicles to clean energy by 2035, and the acquisition of electric buses will help the city reach this goal,” according to the release.

Mark Potts / The Lawrence Times An electric bus, electric bicycles and Electra, a Tesla Model 3, all made an appearance at the Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Other environmental benefits of buses include a reduction of gasoline consumption and lessening our carbon footprint, according to the release.

It’s also safer — “10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile. A person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90% simply by taking public transit as opposed to commuting by car,” according to the release.

The city has been reexamining its bus routes and services offered, and major changes are en route. Read more about that in this article, and visit this link to fill out a Lawrence Listens survey about the changes by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Current routes and times are available at this link.

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