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Bus Ridership on the Rise

Jan 14, 2014

More people are taking public transportation in Rochester, while the number of commuters traveling by car is down.

That's the word from the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, citing two new transportation studies.

The two recent reports come from the US Public Interest Research Group, and the American Public Transportation Association.

They indicate Rochester is ranked 13th in the nation for it's 37 percent increase in per capita public transit miles traveled between 2005 and 2010.

At the same time, Rochesterians commuting by car decreased 1.2 percent

And another study suggests public transit is poised to increase dramatically in the years ahead.

APTA reports the increase will be largely driven by the Millennial generation, and their propensity for a greener lifestyle.

RTS CEO Bill Carpenter, in a statement, says the numbers are in line with what the bus company reports to the National Transit Database.

He says ridership has grown from 13.1-million in 2005 to 17.2-million in 2010.

Carpenter adds a 1-dollar bus ride is affordable, convenient and on-time.