For the fourth year in a row, Kingston Transit ridership increased by more than 10 percent in 2017 and achieved a record six million riders.
The introduction of Express routes is being credited for much of the gains in recent years, with ridership increasing 13 percent in 2014, 11.3 percent in 2015, and 11.5 percent in 2016. Census data from 2016 indicated that the share of Kingstonians commuting by bus increased 33 per cent overall between 2011 and 2016.
This increase is predicted to grow even more when Kingston Transit introduces a new 801/802 Express route along the Montreal Street corridor in May 2018.
“We hit four million rides in 2014, five million in 2016 and now we are at six million and counting,” said Kingston Transit general manager, Jeremy DaCosta, in a release. “Our riders know the bus is an economical, environmentally friendly and active choice – and now more people are discovering it’s easier than ever to get around Kingston by bus.”
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Kingston Transit attributes the dramatic increase in ridership to a number of factors:
- The introduction of Express routes beginning in 2013 and additional Express routes in 2015
- Making real-time bus arrival and trip information available to passengers
- Extended Sunday and holiday service
- Free transit for children 14 and under
- School board partnerships enabling high school students to ride for free and the creation of the teacher Field Trip Pass Program allowing classes to use public transit for local field trips.
- Improved fare options for commuters
- An expanded employer (Transpass) pass program (providing the convenience of automatic monthly renewals through payroll deduction)
You can plan your own Kingston Transit bus trip by visiting the TripPlanner page.