Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho



Heather Wheeler
Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho
(208) 344-2354

Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho
Ranking Higher than the National Average


Boise, Idaho, 3/14/2012 — The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released national transit ridership numbers this week indicating the second highest annual ridership since 1957.  In Idaho, ridership has increased consistently and averaged a jump of 9.48% from 2009 to 2011, as reported by the Idaho Transportation Department – Division of Transportation Performance.

Looking at 2011, Idaho’s 2.7% increase from 2010 is greater than the one year national average increase of 2.3%. “There is no doubt the need for public transit continues to grow,” said Heather Wheeler, CTAI Executive Director, “and as gas prices increase, ridership will rise even more.”

Successful systems across the state continue to make a positive impact for Idahoans:

  • Mountain Rides Transportation Authority in the Wood River Valley reported its highest ridership figures for 2011.
  • SPOT, the new service in Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai, has exceeded their goals by providing just this week more than 1,200 weekly rides in their small communities.
  • In the southwestern Idaho, Treasure Valley Transit increased ridership by 7.96% from 2010 to 2011.

In addition to saving money for Idahoans, and providing options for the transit dependent, public transit benefits communities financially. Communities that have transportation systems attract businesses; in addition, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns is generated.

Current issues with transportation funding and cuts at the federal level have had a negative impact on some public transportation providers in Idaho, even though the need continues to grow.  “As we look to the future success of Idaho’s economy and quality of life, it is essential to support public transit as healthy transportation systems lead to strong communities and vibrant economies,” added Wheeler.

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CTAI is the Community Transportation Association of Idaho – the statewide, nonprofit membership association dedicated to creating partnerships, improving efficiencies, and building a truly multi-modal system of connected travel in Idaho.  CTAI’s mission is to improve mobility in Idaho by working with stakeholders, community leaders, and local citizens while advocating for safe, cost-effective, accessible, integrated and affordable mobility services and systems throughout the state.


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