Eau Claire Transit Sees Increase in Ridership On Earth Day
On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2019, Eau Claire Transit opened its doors and closed its fare boxes, giving the public a chance to try the bus for free. A generous donation from Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance covered the cost of fares for the day.
Now the numbers are in, and despite the rainy weather, Eau Claire Transit recorded 5,289 rides, an increase of 800 trips over an average April day in 2019. The City of Eau Claire’s Transit Manager Tom Wagener said of the increase, “I am excited by the support the community has shown in our Transit system. I hope that more and more people understand that they have options for their transportation needs and take advantage of the services provided.”
If you’re interested in trying the bus, a single fare is only $1.75. Discounted fares are available for students, seniors (65+), people with disabilities, and people with income levels at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Level.
All 22 buses in the fleet are accessible to individuals using mobility devices and “kneel” so they are level with the curb for those who otherwise may have difficulty boarding. They are low floored with no steps to negotiate.
Try the bus! Visit www.ecbus.org to plan a route, view maps and schedules, see the live “bus tracker”, and more. Or call the Eau Claire Transit office at (715) 839-5111 for personalized help planning your trip.