Bus carryings on scheduled services in the first quarter of 2016 have risen by a total of 24,341 passengers as compared with the same period in 2015. This represents a healthy growth of some 9% for the year so far and comes on top of a 2.7% increase recorded in 2015.
The figure is all the more encouraging given that January, the wettest month on record, actually suffered a 1.56% drop in passengers. February recorded the highest per centage increase with a growth of 15.6% of which just 3,238 of the additional 12,798 passengers were carried on 29th February, an additional day resulting from it being a leap year. March has built upon this rise with an additional 12,945 passengers being carried during the month, an increase of 13.3%.
Minister for the Environment Department, Deputy Yvonne Burford, said:
“These latest bus passenger carryings are particularly encouraging and reflect, in part, the significant progress that has been made with the introduction of a new ‘Puffin Pass’ smart card product towards the end of last year. A variety of new fare options have already been introduced , including ‘Pay as you go’ and ‘Student passes’ which now provide children in full-time education with free bus travel at all times (except on the late night bus service).”
Deputy Burford went on to say:
“The anticipated continued growth in passenger numbers will be aided by the forthcoming introduction of other new fare products, including a monthly unlimited travel card, together with the recent launch by CT Plus of a ‘live times tracker’ to their bus app which includes a tracking map showing the position of service buses around the Island.”
Monthy bus pasenger figures from 2011 to 2016 can be found here.