At least week’s board meeting, GRTC released another round of ridership numbers (PDF) that showed, yet again, Richmonders continue to get on the bus.
Since this past July, the entire GRTC system saw 7.1 million rides and, with a couple months left in the fiscal year, is just 300,000 rides from eclipsing last fiscal year’s total.
Across the system, ridership is up 17% compared to this time last year.
April was the second highest ridership month since this past October, with 772,979 rides.
The average weekday ridership of the Pulse has reached 7,075. This is over twice the original goal of 3,500 rides.
In April, VCU-affiliated folks took 102,278 rides, which made up 13.5% of the entire system ridership.
The data provided by GRTC doesn’t line up quite right to figure out exactly what percentage of rides on the Pulse are taken by VCU-affiliated folks, but it’s somewhere around 30%.
As you can see, Richmond continues to buck the national trend of decreasing bus ridership using a simple recipe of fast, frequent, and reliable service. The more the region continues to invest in high-quality public transportation, the more folks will ride.