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March 11, 2014 > AC Transit ridership soars

AC Transit ridership soars

Submitted By Clarence L. Johnson

For the second year in a row, AC Transit is experiencing a boom in ridership, with its transbay lines showing particularly remarkable increases in passengers - including a 37.3 percent ridership jump on one line.

Systemwide, the agencyÕs average daily ridership has climbed by 8.2 percent over the past year, from 178, 042 to 192, 553 daily riders. The analysis shows that 78 of 107 bus lines experienced higher passenger levels, including 46 lines that saw a double-digit percentage increase.

Bus service geared toward specific neighborhoods, along with a sluggish economy and expensive gasoline, may be among several factors luring more commuters onto buses for both long and short trips.

ÒWhether caused by high fuel prices, greater concern for the environment or just a growing appreciation for the convenience of traveling by bus, we are beginning to notice a steady upward trend in the number of people using our services as their primary means of transportation,ÕÕ said AC Transit Board President Greg Harper.

If current trends continue, staff may recommend that the Board add more service to accommodate the additional ridership.

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