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Transit Ridership Rolling in the Right Direction

Woodstock transit is set to post 2 straight years of increased ridership. It's a positive development for a service that will cost the city $1.2-million to operate in 2013. After posting a 13% increase in 2011, 2012 final figures are expected to finish at an additional 8% increase, and the city is banking on another 8% increase this year. Aside from all the new buses the city has purchased over the last few years, City Engineer Harold DeHaan says there are other reasons for increased ridership. "I think a lot of it was, a few years ago we drastically changed the routes, so ridership dropped. It slowly is climbing back. But unfortunately a lot of it (increase) has to do with the economy." Even with the increase, transit it not close to break-even. The city collects $450,000 a year in transit fares and by selling ads. The next new development will be the opening of the new transit terminal on February 19th.

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