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Hogback ridership increases from 2002

It looks like 2003 was the year of the Hog ” the Hogback bus route, that is.

In its second year, the Hogback Route was used by 128 percent more riders than in 2002.

But that number is somewhat deceiving.

The route, which ferries people between Rifle and Glenwood Springs, was started on April 15, 2002, so it wasn’t running for the whole year.

But when statistics for the route are examined from April 15 to Dec. 31 in both 2002 and 2003, the Hogback grew by 71 percent in 2003, RFTA executive director Dan Blankenship said.

Ride Glenwood Springs didn’t fare as well in 2003, but Blankenship points out that, again, that the numbers are deceiving.

Glenwood Springs’ local bus service showed a ridership drop of 11 percent from 2002 to 2003. But Blankenship said there are two reasons for that.

First, he says, the routes were changed from having both buses run on Grand Avenue to one of the buses switching to the Community Center route on West Midland Avenue.

Also, RFTA buses began offering interchangeable service within town limits in Glenwood Springs.

“Overall, we think as many passengers were carried,” Blankenship said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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