B.C. Transit breaks ridership record

More than 51 million people caught a ride last year

B.C. Transit provided passengers with more than 51 million rides across the province last year – a new record.

The results were recently released in the provincial Crown corporation’s 2010-2011 annual report, which shows ridership went up five per cent over the year before.

The boon, according to B.C. Transit, is thanks to improved efficiencies, which resulted in lower operating costs and increased ridership in Fort St. John, Whistler and the Comox Valley, among others.

Ridership in Greater Victoria also experienced a record increase last fiscal period. More than 25 million riders rode the bus, a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous year.