July 23, 2013 > AC Transit reports sharp jump in ridership
AC Transit reports sharp jump in ridership
Submitted By Clarence Johnson
Along with new buses and better on-time performances, AC Transit registered a remarkable increase in ridership over the past year. New figures show that, from June 2012 to June 2013, the agency's average daily bus ridership jumped by six percent (6%) from 171, 438 to 181, 519 passengers a day.
The increase in ridership coincides with a string of new performance initiatives that have been put in place to maximize resources and improve operational efficiencies.
"We are proud of the efforts by our employees - especially the operators and maintenance staff. It seems we are starting to reap some benefits as indicated by the surge in ridership,'' said David Armijo, AC Transit's General Manager. "Our aim is to attract more riders, and we will keep putting plans in place to do that."
The plans include more dependable vehicles. During the past year, nearly 100 new buses have phased out older, less-reliable coaches. By the end of next year, AC Transit's fleet will include more than 210 new, low-floor buses with a host of passenger conveniences for greater accessibility.
Meanwhile, the agency has embarked on a cleanliness program to ensure that all of its vehicles are sparking like new - inside and out. Also several employee task forces are now focused specifically on areas such as on-time performance, reducing the number of accidents and decreasing road calls.