Here’s How Much Milton Transit Ridership Increased in 2018

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March 30, 2019 at 12:26 am

It was a good year for Milton Transit in 2018. In fact, a recent press release from the town revealed just how good of a year it was.

It was a good year for Milton Transit in 2018. In fact, a recent press release from the town revealed just how good of a year it was.

“Milton Transit achieved a record of 598,055 passenger boardings in 2018,” reads the release, which represents an annual ridership increase of 11 per cent.

On the conventional system, ridership for the months of October, November, and December grew by 12 per cent when compared to the same time last year. 

In addition, trip demand on the Milton access+ specialized system also grew (trip demand for the same three months grew by six per cent) compared to 2017.

This transit growth, as noted in the release, is related to the town’s residential growth.

“Transit growth continues to be influenced by residential growth, service enhancements and service reliability improvements made this past year,” Tony D’Alessandro, Manager, Transit, said in the release. “In September 2018, a number of initiatives were implemented such as new services into Boyne (10 Farmstead route) and changes to the 1A Industrial route to accommodate a later shift time for employees working in the 401 Industrial Park area.”

This growth is expected to continue in 2019 as there are plans to further improve Milton’s transit system. A few of these improvements include more onboard technology advancements such as real-time bus arrival/departure information, and automated passenger counting systems.

In addition, it was noted that improvements will also be made to the Milton access+ specialized transit program in the fall of this year. To help deliver the program, new buses will be purchased. This will also help make trips more accessible for passengers with disabilities.

Furthermore, Milton Transit is updating its Transit Master Plan this year. This plan will define recommendations for short term and long term service improvements. 

“The plan will review and recommend service improvements, introduce new innovative services and implement advanced technologies to support Milton Transit service growth,” according to the Let’s Talk Milton website.

The study is expected to be completed by the spring/summer of this year. 

There will be two in-person public engagement sessions on April 9, 2019, regarding this study. For exact times and locations, click here.

In addition, residents can provide their feedback using an online survey which will also be available on April 9.

For more information about Milton Transit, click here

Photo is courtesy of the Milton Transit Twitter page.

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