- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Transit ridership in Bismarck-Mandan took a substantial dip during the winter.

Bis-Man Transit reports ridership was down 28 percent for March compared with the same month last year.

The drop happened while buses were still operating on old routes and before the transit system implemented a new set of routes, going from 12 to six direct, out-and-back routes.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2pM42RU ) reports several members on the Transit Board of Directors said they are concerned, since ridership is expected to drop further as the new routes are implemented. Executive Director Roy Rickert says ridership is then expected to rise again as people get used to the routes.

Rickert says his staff is still trying to determine the reason for the dip in winter ridership.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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