AppalCART sees record ridership increase

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Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 3, 2013
AppalCART sees record ridership increase

According to local transit authority AppalCART, ridership was up 11.5 percent, with 23,968 additional passenger trips over the same month a year ago.

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AppalCART, the public transportation authority serving Boone and all of Watauga County, anounced record ridership of 232,675 passenger trips for September in 87,014 miles of service.

AppalCART’s transportation director, Chris Turner, said the authority had added the Teal Route this year, which serves Cottages of Boone and stops between the apartments and Appalachian State University.

Overall, ridership was up 11.5 percent, with 23,968 additional passenger trips over the same month a year ago.

The Teal Route had 9,295 trips in its first full month of operation. The Red Route had 20,276 passenger trips, while the POP105 first bus had 17,354.

Overall, the authority increased miles of service by 13.8 percent and hours of service by 12.3 percent.

AppalCART’s paratransit service for people with disabilities that prevent them from riding the bus increased 32 percent from 837 trips in September 2012 to 1,105 last month.

The dial-a-ride van service AppalCART provides throughout Watauga County contributed 1,295 trips in 16,984 miles of service. All AppalCART routes are open to the public.

For more information on AppalCART’s schedules, visit http://www.appalcart.com.

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