CARTA Transit Ridership Down 2.3% For The Year

Friday, July 19, 2013

CARTA transit ridership is down 2.3 percent for the fiscal year just ended, board members were told Thursday.

Lisa Maragnano said other transit systems are having a similar problem - with the numbers down by 1.9 percent across the country.

She said the figures this year of 1,800,870 are stacked against last year's highest totals in CARTA's history - 1,866,567.

Ms. Maragnano said CARTA has only topped 1,800,000 four times in the past 10 years.

Still, the CARTA board plans a summit to examine its routes and other aspects of its bus system. It is being put off until September until the staff gathers more information.

Ms. Maragnano said Jenny Parks of the Regional Planning Agency and Phil Pugliese, city bicycle coordinator, are doing some work with CARTA. Ms. Parks is involved with the green trips program. Mr. Pugliese is losing some of his salary since a federal grant for the local bicycle program ran out. Ms. Maragnano said an application has been made to the Benwood Foundation for funds to cover his work for CARTA.

Mr. Pugliese said it will be August before he will know how the rental bicycle program is working out financially - minus the federal grant.

Meanwhile, Heath Holloway, a former CARTA intern who is now on the staff, is working out a web-based program to help CARTA riders. He said the program works off of Google maps.

When the program is ready, a rider will be able to take a visual tour of a particular route.

He said it will have other applications, such as helping a person who has just arrived on the Megabus at Eastgate find the closest bus for use in getting downtown and learn when it will be arriving next. 

 


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