Record Setting Passenger Boardings

Friday, June 10, 2011

Record Setting Passenger BoardingsDover, NH – The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) announced that through May of this year, passenger boardings on the regional public transit system are once again on a record setting pace. Year to date, ridership on COAST buses is up 7.3% from the previous year. COAST is now projecting that this will be the eleventh year out of the past twelve that a record will be set in terms of how many passengers are carried on the system. In those twelve years ridership on COAST will have
increased by more than 120%.

The newest fixed-route public transit services to be have been implemented by COAST, bus routes 33, 34 & 35, which make up the network of Dover FastTrans routes within the City, continue to experience exceptionally strong ridership growth. Through the first 2/3rds of the fiscal year, passenger boardings on these three bus routes have increased by nearly 27%.

COAST buses and trolleys serve and connect eleven communities in the greater Seacoast, including Rochester, Somersworth, Dover, Portsmouth, Farmington, Newington, Greenland, Stratham, Newmarket, Exeter, Berwick, ME and the Pease Tradeport. Bus routes operate through the heart of each of these communities. During peak commuting periods most buses operate hourly, and stops are conveniently located approximately every ¼-mile along the bus routes.

At the current average price of $3.79 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel, riding COAST is a very affordable option to driving a car. It is estimated that COAST riders will save the equivalent of $600,000 in personal fuel expenses by using public transit this year. They will also help keep approximately 3.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere.

The continued success and growth of COAST and public transit statewide in New Hampshire is indicative of the growing importance of this and other alternative modes of transportation. COAST and public transit systems like it, offer affordable and convenient mobility, which is key factor in the economic health and vitality of a community and region.

The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a public, non-profit transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support to operate.

Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST