CityBus sees increase in riders during winter months

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – During the winter months, CityBus of Greater Lafayette gives an average of 29,000 rides to people on a daily basis.

Daily riders like Daimon Burns said he has been dealing with a lot of issues because of the weather.

“I come here in the morning, so it’s already below too. Some of the buses run late and then you have to stand in the middle of the road, and traffic in the morning is crazy. So, it’s kind of dangerous to me,” said Burns.

Even with the extreme weather CityBus Development Manager Tonya Agnew said they have actually seen an increase in riders.

“Just yesterday we had nearly 32,000,” said Agnew.

They’ve also seen an increase in problems at bus stops.

“When they cleaned the street it just threw all the snow up into the bus area where you catch the bus, so it’s like a big old pile you have to step up on to step down into where you catch the bus at,” said CityBus rider Carol Price.

“Like you literally have to get in the middle of the road to get in the bus,” said Burns.

One of the problems riders have been dealing with is mounds of snow collecting at bus stops. Agnew asks businesses to pitch in the keep bus stops safe and clear for riders.

“If they would just be able to shovel a narrow path from the side walk to the street, that would be incredibly helpful for riders,” said Agnew.

A clear path doesn’t keep riders warm while they wait for their bus. Drivers have had to take their time, causing an occasional delay for buses and a longer wait for riders.

“Make sure you’re bundled up, make sure you’re ready to wait just a slight bit longer, but we want to make sure we’re being safe so there are some minor delays when you’re waiting at the stop,” said Agnew.

With more winter to come CityBus riders don’t seem to mind a little extra wait.

“I think they’re doing great. They drive safe. They’re doing good,” said Price.

“As far as getting to where they need to be, they’re doing the best they can. I appreciate CityBus for doing what they’re doing right now,” said Burns.

For those who don’t want to risk a delay, riders can download the CityBus app to get a real-time bus location to know exactly where their bus is so they can avoid a longer wait in the cold.

For more information on the CityBus app, click here.

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