Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ridership on Loudoun County Transit Could Reach 1 Million This Year

The Washington Post's Living in LoCo reports that transit ridership in Loudoun County is up.

According to the story by Erica Garman, in the 15 years since Loudoun County Transit has been providing bus service to points east, ridership has soared. In 1995, it was 50,000; last year, the buses provided rides to 770,000; and this year, the number of passengers is expected to approach 1 million.

"Loudoun County Transit is managed by the county and LoCo officials oversee the operation, the service contract and schedule the rides. Veolia Transportation hires and manages the drivers and mechanics. Commuters’ fares pay for more than half of the service’s funding; the remainder comes from state grants and the local gasoline tax, said Nancy Gourley, LoCo’s commuter and transit services chief."

"From park-and-ride lots scattered across Loudoun, the transit service offers rush-hour rides to the West Falls Church metro station, Rosslyn, the Pentagon and Washington, D.C. One-way fares range in price from $1.75 (to West Falls Church using a SmarTrip card) to $8. Commuters don’t have much of a wait; buses leave the lot about every 10 minutes during the morning rush."

"The buses also offer rides to workers commuting into Loudoun from points east. Westbound buses take commuters from West Falls Church to stops at AOL, Verizon, Janelia Farms and Inova Loudoun Hospital."

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