It was “T” for a lot more than two in 2013.
The city’s fixed route bus system — called the T — had annual ridership of more than one million passengers for the first time in its history.
A new City Hall report said ridership in 2013 reached 1,063,128 passengers. That’s quite a turnaround from just a few years ago. From 2006 to 2008, ridership declined on the T, hitting a low of 437,671 passengers in 2008.
Since then, ridership has increased by 142 percent. The upswing coincides with a change in city policy that allows Kansas University students to ride the city buses simply by showing their KU ID card. The city has been readjusting routes since that time to make more stops at apartment complexes and other locations heavy with students.