Transit ridership numbers rise following back to school

Following the first week of back to classes, Lethbridge Transit says they are happy to see transit ridership numbers up. Officials say the amount of riders has increased by more than 50 per cent. Tim Sanderson, the General Manager for Lethbridge Transit, says they suspect the high numbers are due to everyone coming back following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This time, especially coming off of COVID, it’s even more welcomed. Coming off of COVID, coming off of the professor strike and really just having everyone back at school and seeing this big bump, and just welcoming them back on our vehicles. We are keeping track with the rest of Western Canada as far as our ridership recovery from COVID, which is about 60 per cent where we were previously. The encouraging thing is really the gains that we are making, especially since our service is smaller,” said Tim Sanderson, General Manager of Lethbridge Transit for the City of Lethbridge.

With many people using the transit services, Sanderson says they will be making some no-cost adjustments to help improve their On-Time performance.

Angela Stewart

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