The 2016 census numbers on public transit commuters across Ontario are out, but Transit Windsor is focusing on a different figure – one that signifies progress.
While the data from 2016 puts Windsor in last place (at 3.4 per cent) among mid-sized census metropolitan areas when it comes to commuters using public transportation, Transit Windsor Executive Director Pat Delmore says over the past year, Windsor’s ridership numbers have changed significantly. As of Sept. 30, 2017, ridership increased by 5.04 per cent over the same period of 2016, he said.
Delmore attributes the jump to new initiatives being implemented in the city, most notably the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) program in connection with the University of Windsor.
“With the implementation of the University of Windsor U-Pass which just began in September of 2016, we are seeing ridership increases which are very positive and it’s going to help us expand the service, grow the service, as we keep getting more and more riders on board,” Delmore said.
Here’s what you need to know about public transit in Windsor.