Fewer trips on BC Transit were recorded in Prince Rupert last year than the year before.

Fewer trips on BC Transit were recorded in Prince Rupert last year than the year before.

Bus ridership drops in Prince Rupert and Port Edward

BC Transit released their year end report on July 25, and the numbers show a decline in ridership in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

BC Transit released their year end report on July 25, and the numbers show a decline in ridership in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

According to BC Transit spokesperson Meribeth Burton, there were 353,828 trips recorded in Prince Rupert in the 2011/2012 transit year compared to 366,824 in the 2010/2011 year. That equates to a four per cent decline.

On the Port Edward route, ridership also dropped four per cent, falling from 34,460 in 2010/2011 to 33,179 in 2011/2012.

However, Burton says BC Transit hopes to see that turn around in the future.

“We are constantly reviewing our schedule to see what works and what does not. In Prince Rupert we hired a new regional manager to look at that and turn it around,” she said.

“It is not acceptable for BC Transit to see these dips. They were only four per cent, but that is significant enough to get our attention.”

Across the province BC Transit saw a new ridership record with 51.6 million trips being taken, an increase of .7 per cent from the year before