SLO Transit breaks record with 1.2 million rides in 2015-16

A SLO Transit bus
A SLO Transit bus

SLO Transit — San Luis Obispo city’s public transit system — set a new record with more than 1.2 million riders during the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to a news release from the city of San Luis Obispo.

More than 1,209,701 rides were given on the city’s SLO Transit system — a 5.8 percent increase over the previous record set in 2014 of 1,142,748 rides, the news release said.

Ridership is tracked daily through electronic fare boxes located on every bus; the fare box records a ride with each swipe of a bus pass or paid fare.

As the start of the 2015-16 academic school year indicated a surge in the use of local public transit, additional bus services were introduced, such as the Kennedy Library Tripper, according to the release. The “Tripper” service makes three short trips on weekday mornings to Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library from a neighborhood that was experiencing overcrowding.

The closure of the Grand Avenue campus parking lot is believed to have contributed to the growing demand for the use of public transit.

Transit officials are looking to the final development of the city’s Short Range Transit Plan for additional future service enhancements to address passenger travel patterns over the long term, the news release said.

SLO Transit is the local fixed-route transit operation for the city of San Luis Obispo, operating directly out of its Public Works Department. It operates 10 vehicles at peak periods along eight fixed routes within city limits and Cal Poly.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902