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Lewyn Addresses America
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
well done JTA

Now that I'm back in Jax I have been riding the buses, and I have been noticing that they are more crowded than usual.  When I lived in Jacksonville from 2006-09, buses were frequently almost empty, and I never had to sit next to anyone (as opposed to being able to gobble up two seats).

Now, mostly-empty buses are less frequent, and one or two times I have actually had to sit next to someone (which I don't particularly like). 

I started to wonder, is it my imagination or has ridership gone up? 

Its not my imagination; while ridership nationally has gone down (I suspect due to reduced service arising out of local governments' fiscal problems) JTA ridership went up over the past year (see )

In addition, JTA's strategy of consolidating routes probably made some routes more crowded (which I do not like so much, of course).

Posted by lewyn at 9:35 AM EDT

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