MINOT, ND — February saw the highest number of passengers Minot’s public buses have seen since the start of the pandemic with more than 6,000 trips that month.
Transit staff expect the increase in ridership to continue in March. They said there is usually a slight uptick when gasoline prices go up.
“For less than ten gallons of gas, you can buy a monthly ticket and go anywhere you want, as many times as you want during the month. For an adult, riding our bus costs around $36 a month,” said Brian Horinka, superintendent of Minot Transit.
There are bike racks on the bus to give people a few more options when trying to traverse the city.
“We can pretty much do anything most people need. Unfortunately, we can’t drive past everyone’s house in town, but we get as many places as we can in our time frame,” Horinka said.
Six routes run approximately once per hour each between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. People can flag them at safe street corners to get on them.
“During the early morning hours and afternoon hours when school goes in and out of session, we add extra buses because we transport a lot of school children here within the city limits,” said said Horinka.
Staff said about 40% of traffic comes from students coming and going from school.
The obligation to wear a mask to board buses has been extended until April 18.
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