The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Trius Transit, is anticipating another successful year for the transit system.
Charlottetown transit experienced growth throughout 2012 with ridership up eight per cent over 2011.
In February 2013, the Monday-to-Friday daily average was 1,291 people, which represented a 19.6 per cent increase over February 2012.
“Charlottetown transit is an affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option that we encourage citizens to take advantage of,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “The city worked hard with Trius Transit to provide many improvements in 2012, including a more aggressive marketing plan, and it’s great to see those efforts producing such positive results.”
The city entered into a transit agreement with Trius Transit, the Town of Stratford and the Town of Cornwall in 2012 to provide regional transit services to the three municipalities.
Transit was also re-branded last year with the new T3 logo and tagline, “Take Transit Today”, which represents the three-way partnership. New signage was created, uniforms were provided to drivers and the buses were painted bright green with yellow trim.
Transit schedules have also undergone many revisions to increase frequency and availability, and passengers have reported it to be a more reliable service.
As a result of the changes, two statistical records were broken in 2012: the number of passengers using transit per day; and the number of riders per month.
“We have no reason to think those numbers won’t continue to grow as we keep making improvements to the transit and we’re able to access more routes and appeal to more passengers,” said Coun. Terry Bernard, chair of the city’s public works, street lighting and transit committee.