Kalamazoo, Mich.--Ridership on Metro Transit fixed-route buses has been climbing every month in 2012.
April through August, 2012, have seen double-digit increases in the percentage of rides provided when compared with the same time in 2011.
In August, 2012, the most current reported month, there was an increase of 15.7% in the number of rides provided compared with August, 2011. There were a total of 211,150 passenger trips provided in August, 2012, an increase of 28,690 passenger trips.
The biggest monthly increase for 2012 took place in July with an increase of 16.1% over the previous year. That equates to 184,254 passenger trips for July, 2012, compared with 158,760 for July, 2011, an increase of 25,494. The two month totals saw 54,184 additional trips taken on Metro Transit buses.
Ridership for the entire Metro Transit System, including fixed-route buses, demand/response service, and specialized services like the Community Service Vans, have increased 10.5% for the year 2012 through August. There have been a total of 1,920,663 passenger trips provided in 2012 through August. This compares with 1,737,475 rides provided January through August, 2011.
This trend on Kalamazoo Metro Transit buses follows trends for increases in ridership on a national level. According to the American Public Transportation Association, nearly 2.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the second quarter of 2012 as ridership increased by 1.6% over the second quarter of 2011. This was the sixth consecutive quarterly increase.
“We are excited to see ridership increasing in the community. More people using public transportation means more people are getting to work, school, healthcare appointments, social activities, and shopping,” Bill Schomisch, Metro Transit Transportation Director said.
The mission of Kalamazoo Metro Transit is to provide the community with public transportation services that are dependable, convenient, safe, cost effective, and accessible for all.