Belleville September Transit Numbers Reach Record Highs


Belleville public transit rider numbers continue to grow and September realized record breaking increases in both the ridership in a single month and the number of monthly passes sold. Transit rider numbers hovered just below the one million rider milestone in 2017. In 2018, Belleville Transit celebrated its one millionth rider on November 26th and this year, if numbers continue to climb, the one millionth rider benchmark could be met by October’s end.

For the first time, an excess of 2000 monthly passes were sold and the total ridership in September was 133,141 - a new Belleville Transit record for ridership in a single month. This averages 4,591 passengers per day. The current year-to-date ridership is 861,164. Previously, the highest monthly record was 107,913 set in November 2018.

“To meet these demands the City of Belleville continues to invest in our public transit and we were very pleased in August when MPP Todd Smith announced two Belleville projects for public transit had been nominated for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) pledging $2.2 million, contingent upon the Federal Government making its own contribution,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “We sincerely hope to receive affirmation of the Federal Government’s commitment immediately following the Federal Election. These infrastructure funds would enable us to proceed with the purchase of four new buses and the creation of bus stops and shelters in the North East Industrial Park that meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).”

“The growth within the City’s transit sector is exciting and we continue to implement new technologies and services to enhance the ride,” added Manager, Transit Operations, Paul Buck. “Within the next few days we will be announcing our newest improvement – our new app which will provide real-time bus information to riders.  We are also pleased that our on-demand transit captured the attention of Ryerson University and they’re just released their research report which can be viewed at: https://www.citybuildinginstitute.ca/2019/10/02/small-town-transit-levels-up-with-bus-hailing-app/  We continue to build upon our current resources and structure to improve and modernize our public transit services for our residents.”

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