CORNWALL – While Cornwall Transit still has to tally the numbers, anecdotal evidence suggests more people were taking the bus Wednesday.
It was Clean Air Day where transit was free across the city and was part of the Active Transportation Challenge week, encouraging people to leave the car at home.
Transit Division Manager Len Tapp is reported as saying the ridership was about double the normal activity.
Final numbers show 5,638 people got on board Wednesday, breaking last year’s record turnout in the event’s nine year history.
On average, the city says 2,848 people used the bus based on an average from the three workdays prior to Clean Air Day.
Even with Clean Air Day, ridership is forecast to increase 3.8 per cent this year with roughly 819,000 paid trips, including 40,000 with disabilities.
Cornwall has 267 bus stops throughout the city.
The Active Transportation Challenge runs through Saturday.