Longview, TX — Extended hours of operation and rising gasoline prices are being credited for a big jump in passenger numbers for Longview Transit System’s bus service.
Since the beginning of the year, the system has posted a 34 percent jump in passenger use, officials report. Ridership jumped from about 25,200 people for the same period in 2011 to 34,000 this year.
In February, the system provided rides for 17,369 passengers, up by 42.5 percent, or an increase of more than 5,100 passengers compared to the 12,186 who used the service in February 2011.
Robert Stephens, general manager for Longview Transit, said revenues for the system are tracking close behind with a 30.4 percent jump for the January through February time period.
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