Lincoln Countyâ€™s Express Bus service from Denver to downtown Charlotte has experienced an increase in its bus rider numbers.
The rate for July was 981 people a month, up from 731 people in June. This averages 46 people a day, up from 40 people a day in June.
The bus service began on June 7.
â€œI think itâ€™s a good start. I would like to see it higher,â€ said Larry Kopf, manager of Service Development at the Charlotte Area Transit System. â€œBut I think it is expected to have this amount of people at this time.â€
The numbers for bus ridership are calculated through the fare box and the people swiping a pass. Each month a tally is done on the amount of people who have ridden the bus.
Kopf said the bus route is really starting to catch on.
â€œI think it takes time for people to change their habits,â€ he said.
Expanding the bus route, which now makes four trips a day, has not been discussed, but is always an option, said Kopf.
â€œWe would have to have some comfort level to expand,â€ Kopf said. â€œThere would have to be a demand for it.â€
Kopf said all of the response on the bus service has been really positive.
â€œThe people who ride it, love it,â€ he said.
The Union County Express, another bus service that goes to Charlotte, had a ridership of 2,241 a month. They have seven trips a day, three more than the Lincoln County Express.
Although this is not a fair comparison, Kopf said he could see the Lincoln County Express attracting this amount of people.
â€œThe Union County Express is a very mature route, but they started off low,â€ Kopf said. â€œI could see the Lincoln County Express reaching that level.â€
The bus rider numbers for August will come out in the middle of September. by Amy Wadsworth