CityLink ridership increases by a million trips over a five year span

By WEEK Reporter

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- CityLink announced Tuesday that their latest numbers indicate that their ridership has increased by almost a million trips in five years.

CityLink General Manager Tom Lucek credited policy that gave free rides to seniors and a steady increase in gas prices during the same time period to increased ridership on CityLink buses.

“In 2011 CityLink received federal and state funding to begin the replacement of our aging fleet,” Lucek said. “Over the next 18 months we replaced 46 of our buses with new, clean-energy, state-of-the-art vehicles."

CityLink’s ridership growth follows a national trend. The American Public Transportation Association reported that in 2012, Americans took 10.5 billion trips, the second highest ridership since 1957.

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