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Kingston Transit reaches five million rides goal

December 15, 2016 -

Yesterday, somewhere in Kingston, somebody boarded a bus and took the five-millionth ride on Kingston Transit this year. It is the second year in a row Kingston Transit has exceeded its goal – and broken its all-time high ridership record.

"This time last year, we achieved four million trips. By adding 10-minute service on the 501/502 Express Route this fall, we were able to transport one million more people than we did in 2015. This new record is incredible – for the people of Kingston, the environment, employers and especially Kingston Transit," says Jeremy DaCosta, manager, Kingston Transit.

The ridership milestone follows yesterday's announcement that Kingston Transit will receive $2.3 million in provincial gas tax funding in 2016/17. This funding will go towards expanding service and improving rider experience as outlined in the Transit Redevelopment Plan. Improvements scheduled for 2017/18 include expanded hours of service on Sundays and statutory holidays and the introduction of an express route on the Montreal St. corridor.

See the details of Kingston Transit's redevelopment plan and ridership targets at www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/transit/about . Make Kingston Transit part of your day by planning your trip at www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner.

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.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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