The City of Charlottetown extends congratulations to T3 Transit on a 16.1 per cent increase in 2016 ridership over 2015.
A total of 449,879 passengers used the transit service throughout 2016, compared to 387,293 passengers in 2015, which is an increase of 62,586 passengers for 2016.
"It is very encouraging to see this significant increase in ridership within the transit system," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "I want to congratulate Transit Owner/Operator Mike Cassidy and his team because this couldn’t have been achieved if it weren’t for their efforts, dedication and passion."
T3 Transit started September 30, 2005, with a four bus route system. Currently, there are eleven busses at peak times providing service to the Town of Cornwall, Town of Stratford and City of Charlottetown. Passenger numbers have been strong all last year with another record broken on July 13, 2016, for the number of passengers in one day.
In 2016, additional buses were purchased and rehabilitated to accommodate our transit needs. Upgrades to the buses will include free Wi-Fi for passenger use, security cameras, Automatic Vehicle Location software (AVL), and bike racks. The buses are wheelchair accessible and have both kneeling and ramp extension capability to ensure accessibility for all users. The buses are also equipped with destination signs, which allow route descriptions to be displayed on exterior screens.
"The introduction of the new fleet of sustainable buses has been very positive for the community and I suspect it is one of the reasons for the bump in the number of people taking advantage of the service," said Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee. "Our goal now is to keep working with T3 transit and the surrounding communities so that we can continue to provide a quality service that matches the needs of each passenger."
For more information on T3 Transit and to access the transit schedule, visit: www.triustransit.ca or call 902-566-9962, and choose Option 1.
City of Charlottetown