Bus

OKC's Metro Transit ridership up 5%

Posted on February 7, 2013

According to a recent ridership report, the Oklahoma City-based Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority’s (COTPA) Metro Transit system saw an increase of 133,949 new trips in 2012, a 5.44% increase from 2011. In addition to an overall increased bus ridership, downtown ridership also increased by 5.86% in 2012.

“The boost in demand can be attributed to the City Council’s additional funding for improving the frequency of several routes,” said Rick Cain, administrator of COTPA and director, public transportation and parking, for the City of Oklahoma City. “Gas prices and milder weather also likely had an impact. We expect to see the trend continue as new transit technologies are introduced.”

With unlimited day passes at $4, unlimited week passes at $14 and unlimited monthly passes at $50, Cain says riding the bus is an economical alternative to fueling up and maintaining a car. Senior passes are also available at half the regular rates.

“While we’re encouraged to see an increase in ridership, we know our system has short comings,” said Cain. “We are working diligently to evaluate our system and make incremental improvements so that our public transportation system is relevant and convenient to use.”

COTPA recently entered into a contract with transportation planning firm Nelson Nygaard to review, evaluate and make recommendations to improve the operating efficiency of the current public transportation system given the current funding.

The study is currently underway and will seek public input later this spring with results expected in early May.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Drunk driver strikes NJ TRANSIT bus

The vehicle drove into the bus around 2 a.m., with the badly injured driver of the car trying to flee on foot before being arrested at a nearby gas station. The driver’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, according to the report.

BC Transit piloting video cameras on buses

Up to six cameras will be installed on each bus. There is no live monitoring of the video which will only be removed and viewed by authorized security staff following a reported incident. Only video required for security purposes will be retained, all other video will be erased.

Calif. agencies approve merger

Pending adoption by its member entities, the merger between Victor Valley Transit Authority and Barstow Area Transit is slated to take effect July 1, 2015.

MCI Stands Up for Transportation in Pembina, Chicago and Louisville

Officials at MCI’s Pembina plant included Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; North Dakota Commerce Department Commissioner Alan Anderson; Gail Hand, northeastern director for Sen Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Tom Brusegaard, regional director for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D;  Pembina County Commissioner Hetty Walker; and Cavalier, N.D. Mayor Ken Briese.

Uber adds rickshaws to service in India

Drivers are told to say ‘namaste,’ a common Indian greeting, and are encouraged to use their meters. Uber pays its drivers an additional 40 rupees, or just over 60 cents, per ride on top of the fare.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close