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Transit expands its list of partners

As funding from state and federal agencies continues to be more difficult to secure, local transit systems have found a variety of new partners that not only help pay for new hours of service, but can also provide opportunities for transit agencies to restructure service in parts of the community. These partnerships can also result in improving the transit agency’s image and relevance in a community, and improved quality of service.

Fla. college, transit partnership bumps up ridership

Since partnering with Santa Fe College to add three new bus routes, Gainesville Regional Transit System saw a 4% increase in growth for Fall 2011 and a 3% increase for 2012. Additionally, 80,000 more passengers rode the bus in February 2012 compared to February 2011.

FTA awards $9M to Fla. for bus maintenance facility

Funds will pay for a 30,000-square foot energy-efficient facility for Gainesville Regional Transit System. The new facility will replace an aging, overcrowded garage, and will be able to provide better maintenance for the agency’s current fleet of 105 buses.