AppalCART sees record ridership
AppalCART, the public transportation authority serving Boone and all of Watauga County, announced a record ridership of 213,826 passenger trips for September 2011 in 76,626 miles of service.
September’s total ridership was the best for any month ever recorded by the authority. The previous record for the month of September was 184,411 in 2010 and 74,456 miles of service.
Ridership on the transportation authority’s vehicles increased 16 percent over the same month last year.
AppalCART’s transportation director, Chris Turner, said the authority had changed the Red Route to a 30-minute schedule and increased the hours the State Farm Shuttle ran Monday through Saturday.
Overall, the authority increased miles of service by 3 percent and hours of service by 2 percent.
AppalCART’s paratransit service for people with disabilities that prevent them from riding the bus decreased 9 percent from 1,077 trips in September 2009 to 979 last month. Turner explained that AppalCART has replaced most of its high-floor buses with low-floor models, and less people are utilizing paratransit service.
The van service AppalCART provides throughout Watuaga County contributed 1,348 trips in 17,034 miles of service. All AppalCART routes are open to the public.
For more information on AppalCART, including routes and schedules, visit http://www.appalcart.com.