One year after University of Windsor students voted to buy into a universal bus pass program, Transit Windsor has experienced a major increase in ridership.

As of September 30 the transit system recorded a 5.04 per cent increase in ridership from 2016, according to a report being discussed Wednesday by the city’s Environment, Transportation & Public Safety standing committee.

“Right across the country, everybody is seeing stagnant [ridership],” explained Pat Delmore, Transit Windsor’s executive director. “So to see a [5.04 per cent] increase, we’re extremely pleased with it — and we know it’s all got to do with the U-Pass.”

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