October was a record-breaking month for SLO Transit. The transportation agency gave 108,000 rides in October; 7,000 more then the previous record-setting month, January â€™05.
Overall, SLO Transit saw a 29 percent increase in ridership this fiscal year. In 2004 there were 680,000 rides given and in 2005 there were 875,000.
â€œI would attribute it to a number of factors,â€? said Austin Oâ€™Dell, SLO Transit manager. â€œI think weâ€™re providing what the community wants.â€?
Oâ€™Dell said his agency recently hired a consultant to help streamline service. This meant creating a schedule that was easy to understand and arranging top-of-the-hour trips to Cal Poly. The result is a 41 percent increase in Cal Poly ridership, and 16 percent increase in non-Cal Poly ridership.
â€œThis is a system that reflects what the community wants,â€? said Oâ€™Dell. â€œI think gas prices have something to do with it too.â€?