Once again 9 Town Transit has seen large growth in ridership. Extended service hours, regional connections, new service in Haddam and improved awareness contributed to growth of 15% during 2012.
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The shoreline’s public bus system, 9 Town Transit, once again saw tremendous growth in bus ridership during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, with passenger trips up 29% over the prior year. 9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service.
Improved service hours and increased connections combined to boost ridership on the shoreline’s 9 Town Transit bus service by 34% during 2011, the largest single year increase in the agencies history, according to Estuary Transit District Executive Director Joseph Comerford.
Soaring gas prices combined with several other factors to boost ridership on the shoreline’s 9 Town Transit bus service by 19% during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service. “I think we’ve really gotten the word out that our service is not just for seniors, and we’ve expanded our hours to make commuting to work a real possibility.”
9 Town Transit, the shoreline’s public transit agency, recently celebrated the addition of two hybrid electric mini-buses to their fleet, reports Joseph Comerford, Executive Director, Estuary Transit District. Each bus has both gasoline engine and an electric motor. When idling and at speeds up to 15 MPH, the buses operate totally on electric power. The result is a quieter running vehicle and a boost in gas mileage by about 20%.
In an attempt to balance the upcoming state budget, one area that will see severe cuts is the state’s Municipal Grant Program. The $4 million program, which provides funds to municipalities and transit districts for senior and disabled transportation, was reduced by 25%, according to 9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford.