Increase in Bus Ridership | VideoAmy Fox | 7/12/2012
As Brian Horinka, Bus Services/Shop Maintenance Superintendent, explained, more people are riding the city bus.
"Currently, throughout the first half of this year, we have already doubled our adult ridership compared to the first half of last year."
With all of the traffic, bus drivers, like Tom Durpe, have more of a challenge getting around town.
"It makes our routes a little bit more difficult to get around on, on time. And, with the increased traffic, that adds a little more to our route."
Some say Minot`s transportation system is in need of a major facelift.
"It worked quite well over the past number of years, but as we`ve seen an increase in population and in the geographical size of the city, we`re finding we`re not getting to a lot of the population we need to right now," said Horinka.
Now, Horinka is looking to a consultant firm to help improve and grow the current system.
"We need to make sure that we have to operate to easily grow the system even beyond what we`re looking to do right now if need be in the future."
The city hopes to provide service to the growing needs of the community.
Fares are free for children six and under, and $1.25 for adults.
For more information about the public transportation system, go to: www.minotnd.org.