- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The city of Bloomington saw record high transit numbers in 2014.

The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1vq4oLR ) that Bloomington Transit ended 2014 with 3.54 million riders. That’s a 72 percent increase from a decade ago in 2004 when the city’s public bus service had just more than 2 million riders. It’s also a 2 percent increase over 2013.

Bloomington Transit general manager Lew May attributes the growth to expanded bus routes, improved facilities and additional service hours. He says the system has introduced a bus tracker smartphone app and there has been an increase in enrollment at Indiana University. University students make up about 70 percent of the system’s ridership.

May says Bloomington Transit has seen increases in ridership during 27 of the last 31 years.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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