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).