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County bus service gives 10,800 rides

September 18, 2000

County bus service gives 10,800 rides



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The County Commuter provided 10,800 free rides last week during national Try Transit Week, Washington County Transportation Secretary Kevin Cerrone said Monday.

That was up slightly from the 9,650 free rides last year, the first time the County Commuter participated in the annual event, he said.

Last week's ridership total was about 80 percent above that for an average week when about 5,590 rides are logged.

The statistics reflect the number of rides on fixed route and paratransit services, not necessarily the number of riders, since some people may have ridden the bus more than once during the week, he said.

Cerrone said county transportation officials were pleased with the results.

"Each day was really good. And the weather cooperated," he said. Last year Hurricane Floyd's effects were felt at mid-week, perhaps discouraging some riders.

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There were 1,590 rides last Monday, up about 77 percent over a regular Monday when riders are charged, he said.

There were 1,510 rides Tuesday, up about 50 percent over a regular Tuesday, he said.

Wednesday there were 1,780 rides, about 88 percent more than usual for that day, and 1,700 rides were given Thursday, up about 95 percent, he said.

Friday, 1,950 rides were logged, up about 65 percent, he said. On Saturday, the last day of the free week, there were 1,550 rides, up about 124 percent.

The event was intended to call attention to how the community benefits when people use mass transit to get to work, shopping and school, Cerrone said.

The Washington County Commissioners will reimburse the Transportation Department for the $5,000 lost in fare box fees, Cerrone said.

Cerrone said he would like the annual event to continue for as long as the County Commissioners are willing to offer the reimbursement.

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