Ridership Up Nationwide

USA Transit Ridership Highest in 58 Years

commuterbusAmericans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, which is the highest annual public transit ridership in 58 years according to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association.

Noting that the increase happened even when gas prices declined by 42.9 cents during the fourth quarter, APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy pointed out how this shows that “once people start riding public transit, they discover that there are additional benefits besides saving money.”

Our local ridership started increasing six years ago in 2008 when we broke our monthly record for the first time in 27 years. Last October, we marked an all-time monthly ridership record of 125,719 riders — despite the start of our new five-cent fare increase.  (apta.com)


Blue Water Transit Bus Center

transcenterAfter reviewing more than 90 suggestions from the community, we decided to name our new downtown transfer hub the Blue Water Transit Bus Center.

Starting when it opens late this year, the new hub will provide passengers with a heated waiting area, restrooms, and bus schedule displays. Maintenance and security staff will be on site during hours of operation. 

We really appreciate the response from our community and ended up combining the most commonly used phrases in their suggestions.

We are building the new station in the south McMorran parking lot. The community is invited to attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the construction site on Monday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m.


Detroit Commuter Inspires

jamrobMost of you have probably heard about James Robertson, the man who has been walking 21 miles to and from work in suburban Detroit since his car broke down about nine years ago.

Robertson, 56, started out walking from his Detroit home to his first bus stop at 8:00 a.m. After riding a SMART bus to Troy, he then walked the rest of the way to the Rochester Hills factory where he works the 2-8 pm shift and earns $10.55 an hour.

After his story made headlines, he received about $300,000 raised by a local college student and a new red Ford Taurus sedan from a local dealership. His days of riding the bus and walking to work are coming to an end.

Walking 21 miles every day for a job is a unique commitment. Few could take this approach to solve their commuting challenges without strong transit support.   (Detroit Free Press, freep.com, news.yahoo.com,)



About Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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