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More than 30,000 trips on Kingston Transit on Tragically Hip Day

August 25, 2016 -

Kingston Transit set a one-day ridership record on Tragically Hip Day.

Kingston Transit counted 29,700 trips by riders taking advantage of its free bus service on Saturday, Aug. 20 – but believes that more than 30,000 were provided, since counts were done manually and were difficult to complete accurately as crowds emptied the downtown.

"We would like to thank everyone who chose to take Kingston Transit as their way down to Springer Market Square and the Rogers K-Rock Centre. It was a major factor contributing to the success of that magical evening," says Sheila Kidd, director of transportation services.

To put the numbers in perspective, the Saturday the week before the Hip concert and event, Kingston Transit provided 8,700 rides.

Kingston Transit is enjoying the many compliments and comments it has received on social media about its service (including a video of a bus-load of people singing Bobcaygeon on their way downtown*).

Kidd also hopes that the great bus-riding experience will encourage more people to choose Kingston Transit more often.

"Kingston Transit is offering more service, more often than ever before and we are going to 10-minute service on west end express routes (Routes 501 and 502) after Labour Day," she says. She urges everyone to explore what their bus commute would look like using the Google Transit option on Google Maps.

*Posted on YouTube by Mr. Worldwide at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQoej2CdejM.

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.