Bus ridership soars

LC ridership on the Greater Lynchburg Transit Co. (GLTC) buses has climbed 56 percent from last year when the College started offering free rides to students, faculty, and staff with a valid college ID.

Members of the LC community boarded the buses 6,801 times between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1 this year, compared with 4,358 boardings during the same period last year, according to GLTC data.

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Ridership spiked the most in August through October with an average of 800 additional boardings each month. October saw the most traffic with 2,124 boardings.

The free ridership program is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the campus community as it continues its second Year of Sustainability. During the 2010 academic year, members of the LC community boarded GLTC buses more than 10,000 times.

Dr. David Perault, associate professor of environmental science, has created a web page to help demystify the bus schedule.