Public Transit Numbers Down: Contrary to national trend

MESA COUNTY, Colo. In the first three months of 2014, Grand Valley Transit has given more than 75-thousand riders a lift.

The numbers may seem high, but in fact, that's 15% less than we saw in 2013.

The decrease in ridership is a stark contrast to the national trend.

And authorities say it's all due to a 15% decrease in the number of hours the buses are on the road each day.

"There were economic considerations," says GVT General Manager, Bonnie Fuchs. "The amount of ridership, the 15% we were seeing in the evenings no longer justified running our twelve routes."

According to the american public transportation association, in 2013, americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transit, and just about every public tranportation system saw hikes in ridership.


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