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2016 transit ridership reaches record high

January 16, 2017 -

Kingston Transit would like to thank its riders for making 2016 another record year for Kingston Transit! In 2016, a grand total of 5.2 million riders boarded Kingston Transit buses, an 11.4 per cent increase from 2015.

"Ridership trends show that more and more people in Kingston are choosing to use public transit to commute," says Jeremy DaCosta, manager of Kingston Transit. "We welcomed many new riders to Kingston Transit this year. Thank you to everyone who is choosing to use Kingston Transit."

Ridership growth is largely attributed to the increase in adult riders using Kingston Transit to get to work:

  • Rides taken by those using Commuter Passes increased by 25 per cent in 2016.
  • Rides taken by employees under the Employer Transpass program have increased by 20 per cent since last year. Kingston Transit's Employer Transpass program provides a discounted monthly adult bus pass to participating employers.

"We have fantastic partnerships with 22 employers who see the benefit of ensuring their employees have easy access to Kingston Transit services through payroll deduction. Employees enjoy the convenience of having their pass automatically renewed for them without having to even think about it," says DaCosta.

The Employer Transpass program includes some of Kingston's large-scale employers, Kingston General Hospital and Queen's University, as well as some smaller businesses within the area, Bread & Butter Bakery and Eikon Device.

"We encourage any and all local employers to join the program," says DaCosta. "Kingston Transit's service is better than ever with more improvements planned, making it an attractive choice for employees. This program is easy to set up, cost-effective and a great addition to any employer's benefit package."

Further changes are planned for Kingston Transit in 2017 and 2018. Kingston Transit will expand hours of service on Sundays and holidays starting in September 2017 and will introduce another express route on the Montreal Street corridor in May 2018. The express route on Montreal Street will provide frequent, direct service from the Montreal Street Park and Ride at Highway 401 to Kingston General Hospital and Queen's University.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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Media contact: For more information call the strategic communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.