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TTA hopes to set MCTC late route

Nov. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Tri-State Transit Authority hopes to establish a late bus route to Mountwest Community and Technical College.

TTA General Manager Paul Davis announced the upcoming route change at Tuesday's board meeting. He hopes it will provide downtown transportation to those attending night classes at Mountwest, which opened at its new site off 5th Street Road earlier this summer.

Davis told board members the college's move has resulted in increased ridership for TTA's 9th & 11th Avenue route.

The late, 9 p.m. route could begin as early as January 2013. Davis said his agency is working with Mountwest to see if its professors could release students a bit early, so those benefiting can catch connecting routes at TTA's downtown bus station.

The new bus service comes at a time when TTA endures a decline in ridership -- approximately 12,000 fewer riders in August and September as compared to a year earlier. Davis attributes the decline to last fiscal year's elimination of the free Pullman Square trolley.

Despite the decline in ridership, TTA reported a $15,534 increase in operating revenue, as the authority remains ahead of budget by 7 percent.