Transit system seeks data to fine tune service


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Vice Mayor Dr. Richard Harshberger (middle), also a member of Grace Episcopal Church, presents a proclamation in honor of the church’s 125th anniversary to Grace Episcopal Church members Tim Walker and Bette Wright. Radford City Council passed the proclamation at its meeting on Monday.

The Radford Transit System saw a slight increase in ridership in 2016-17 over the previous year, Operations Manager Trevor Sakry reported to Radford City Council on Monday.


That statistic means the city bus system is faring better than most of the public bus systems in Virginia, with ridership down by five percent statewide, Sakry said.

He added RT is hoping to increase ridership further by analyzing routes to better serve neighborhoods in the city.

A new automated rider counter system, which should be in place by February, will go a long way to help in that effort, Sakry explained, as customer counts are currently taken by hand and are therefore not always accurate. The…



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