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Ottawa transit ridership on pace for record year

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:16 pm    Post subject: Ottawa transit ridership on pace for record year Reply with quote

Ottawa transit ridership on pace for record year

Patrick Dare
The Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

OTTAWA - Ottawa's public transit ridership is well on its way to a record-setting year, with 50.3 million riders in the first six months of the year, the city said Tuesday.

OC Transpo said that in the first half of the year, ridership was up 4.4 per cent over last year and that the company saw an additional 4,000 sales of transit passes in June.

Rural pass sales were up by 24.5 per cent, adult passes were up by 6.5 per cent and riders who pay with cash or tickets were up by five per cent.

Alain Mercier, director of transit services, said rising gas prices are a major driver of the upswing in transit demand.

"Ottawa residents are starting to question their usual transportation choices and make a longer-term commitment to transit," said Mr. Mercier.

He said residents are finding good value and convenience, which is helping the trend.

"People in Ottawa are getting it about mass transit and that is very good for the future of OC Transpo, our environment and our city," said Mayor Larry O'Brien, describing the rise in transit as "a real breakthrough."

Mr. O'Brien said the increase in public transit underlines the importance of the city's plan to expand the transit system through a new network of commuter rail and buses that is to be planned in detail this fall.

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=535c8c27-f9b2-402d-bcbe-de1f2dc761d6

OC might break the 100 million rider mark by the end of the year Shocked - Kev
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Price of Fuel no doubt has something to do with those numbers eh. Here at the TTC we can't handle more passengers we are overwelmed and the more riders we get, the more money TTC loses. There taking about buying used equipement again to fill in, while new stuff is beening built! The para Transit Division has already purchase a number of early 90's units just so they can stay in Bussiness! So hope you guys have the equipement for the new riders eh.
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