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Transit ridership down

Fewer people are taking the bus in Durham Region this year than in 2015.

Speaking at the transit executive committee, Vincent Patterson, the general manager of Durham Region Transit, says ridership to date in 2016 is down 1.2 per cent from the same time last year.

“Ridership is still soft this year as it was last year at about this time,” he told councillors at the meeting. “Compared to the budget, we are slowly closing the gap to forecast (numbers). We were at about 3.7 per cent in January, and 3.5 in April, 2.8 in May, so we’re now at about two per cent.”

Patterson says the big test for DRT’s ridership will be with the fall season, which he says is typically the busiest time of the year for the service.

According to a report presented to the transit executive committee, DRT has budgeted for approximately one million riders per month between September and November.