CoMo Connect sees increase in ridership during first weeks

3 years 9 months 2 days ago Thursday, August 21 2014 Aug 21, 2014 Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:22:00 PM CDT August 21, 2014 in News
By: Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works is reporting an increase in riders during CoMo Connect's first two weeks.

11,276 riders used the new bus service the first week, a 42 percent increase compared to last year, while 11,609 riders used the system last week, a 34-percent increase, according to a news release from Columbia Public Works.

However, some riders have told KOMU 8 News they've experienced problems with the new system.

Kelly Johnson said, "We have to walk further, we have to wait longer, and it's just - it's wrong."

Marla Akerson Grothoff said there are no longer enough busses at peak times along some routes and some stops appear unsafe.

"Unfortunately, the city did not listen to any of the input from riders or drivers. The new routes are dangerous and inconvenient. People are standing on the shoulders of dangerous roads."

CoMo Connect is free to ride until the end of August.

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