Sunday, May 25, 2014

LeeTran ridership numbers are down an average of 2.8% so far this year

Since the budget cuts in November which reduced evening and weekend LeeTran services, BikeWalkLee has been tracking the monthly ridership numbers and has continued to express our concerns about the impact of these cuts.  

At the May 16th MPO Board meeting, the LeeTran Director noted that ridership reductions appeared to be stabilizing, with April's ridership numbers (compared to the April 2013 numbers) down only slightly (-0.09%).  Over the past 6 months, since the cuts went into effect, ridership has fallen on average, 2.8% a month.  The following are the monthly numbers (compared to the same month the previous year:

October 2013:  +2.49% (before cuts)

Nov. 2013:        -3.55%

Dec. 2013:         +1.95%

Jan. 2014:           -8.36%

Feb. 2014:          -2.19%

March 2014:      -4.55%

April 2014:        -0.09%

6-mo. average:   -2.8%

The consistent ridership reductions are evidence of the negative impact these cuts are having on the transit system overall and on individual lives of our citizens who rely on transit to get to work and lead independent and productive lives. Since the cutbacks went into effect in mid-November, ridership numbers have fallen for the first time in years, after several years of record-breaking increases in ridership. 

See BikeWalkLee's April 18th blog postBikeWalkLee's April 10th blog post, and BikeWalkLee's April 8th letter to BoCC members, requesting the Board to restore the LeeTran service cuts in the County's "continuation budget" for FY 2014-15.

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