If you need a ride overnight, Lawrence Transit has launched a new, fare-free option to get a lift anywhere within city limits.
Lawrence Transit On Demand service runs from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, according to a recent news release from the city.
“You can expect to see the same friendly bus drivers in our smaller buses that are all ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks,” according to the release.
The service will be fare-free for 2023, as are all fixed route buses and T Lift.
It’s a shared ride service, so you might not be the only person getting a ride, but drivers will take you from door to door, meaning you can schedule rides between any two places in town and you don’t have to get on and off at set bus stops. Drivers can take passengers anywhere within Lawrence city limits.
Riders who need to be picked up at the same time each day can schedule reservations for reoccurring trips, too. “However, if you do not show for two consecutive pickups, your standing ride will be cancelled,” according to the website.
Starting in January 2024, the service will be available on Sundays, and Saturday hours will be extended to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the release.
Riders can also call 785-312-7054 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday to schedule rides ahead of time.
Lawrence Transit vehicles are accessible; however, “Since our vehicles are larger than an automobile, it may be necessary to pick up and drop off nearby some addresses,” according to the website. In addition, “Please let the reservation agent know at the time of the reservation if you require a lift, have a service animal, or have any other special needs.”
Lawrence Transit On Demand is supported by Spare Labs, a microtransit software company that works with transit agencies nationwide, according to the release, and the Kansas Department of Transportation awarded Lawrence Transit with a $124,000 Access, Innovation, and Collaboration grant to launch the service.
“Between new facilities, new electric buses, an increasing number of improved bus stops, and added technology, we are always looking for opportunities to improve our service,” Adam Weigel, transit and parking manager, said in the release.
Visit lawrencetransit.org/ondemand or call 785-864-4644 for more information.