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Originally published: 2014-01-10 11:27:28
Last modified: 2014-01-10 11:28:14

AppalCART rolls out another record

AppalCART, the local public transportation authority serving Watauga County, reported record ridership of 1,712,873 passenger trips in 834,714 miles of service during 2013.

The numbers were a 6 percent increase from the year before, which had 1,611,298 passenger trips in 771,801 miles of service during 2012.

Hours of service for the transportation authority increased 8 percent during the same time period. Miles of service increased 8 percent more than those delivered in 2012.

AppalCART's transportation Director Chris Tuner said, "The 6 percent increase amounted to an additional 101,575 recorded trips over the total for 2012."

Turner attributed the increase to a combination of several things: three new 40-foot-long buses with more capacity and two new routes, Silver and Teal, which began during the year.

While AppalCART is best known for its bus service, it also provides door-to-door van service throughout Watauga County under contracts with human service agencies, and the routes are available to the fare-paying public.

Both bus and van routes are listed in AppalCART's printed schedules and on its appalcart.com website.