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Hogback ridership doubles

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ridership appears to have doubled on the Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s Grand Hogback route between Glenwood Springs and Rifle since it began in April, 2002.

In June of 2002 the Grand Hogback line carried 1,667 riders. Through the June 14, 2003, the Grand Hogback had 1,664 riders, just three short of the total for the entire month of June, 2002.

Though numbers for the second half of June were not yet available, ridership was on track to have doubled on the Grand Hogback line in just one year, according to a monthly ridership report prepared by Bruce Somers of RFTA.

Even with more routes and the same amount of buses, ridership on Ride Glenwood and RFTA buses seems to be consistent with last year’s numbers, said RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship.

Fewer passengers used the Ride Glenwood Highway 6 line through June, 2003, than during the same time period in 2002. Blankenship believes the difference results from moving one Ride Glenwood route to West Midland Avenue to serve the Community Center.

Through June 2002, RFTA reported 83,540 riders on Ride Glenwood’s Highway 6 line. This year, RFTA reports 41,782 riders through the month of June on the Highway 6 line, a decrease of about 50 percent.

“The comparison is not apples to apples,” said Blankenship.

When Ride Glenwood moved a bus to the Community Center route, RFTA valley buses serving Highway 6 saw an increase in ridership, said Blankenship.

The same number of people are riding buses, said Blankenship, “They’re just using different buses,” he said.

The Community Center route, which began service Jan. 1, 2003, carried 4,942 passengers in June and 25,348 passengers since January 1.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535


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