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TRANSIT NUMBERS ON THE UPSWING

January 17, 2001

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nearly 5,000 during January

Ridership on the city's new bus system doubled during the first two weeks of January.

"We're really pleased with where we're at," said Karin Rexroad, the city's public transit administrator.

More than 4,700 people rode the routes during the first 12 business days of the new year, between Jan. 12 and Monday. That compares with more than 2,300 people during the system's first 12 days in operation at the end of December.

The system's best day so far was Jan. 8, when 472 people rode the buses. An average of nearly 400 riders a day have used the system in January.

Rexroad said transit officials ultimately hope to have 1,000 riders a day, but they don't have a deadline for meeting that goal.

"We know it's going to take a while," she said. "We're just working on the nuts-and-bolts of it right now."

Rexroad said it will probably be the end of the week before she can evaluate the impact of Kansas University students returning for spring semester.

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