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DASH Monthly Update

DASH ridership has increased slightly since last year. For the period between January and September 2017, the DASH routes provided 254,903 rides, compared with 296,191 rides in 2018. The increase amounts to over 41,000 rides. DASH North gained riders, with over 21,000 new rides given compared with the same time period in 2017.

 

Ridership Trends 2017-2018

 

DASH North

DASH West

Combined

January - Sept 2017

44,959

209,944

254,903

January - Sept 2018

66,536

229,655

296,191

Increase

21,577

19,711

41,288

 

Weekend rides have proven to be popular since the service launched in August 2018. Saturdays show higher activity than Sundays with over 4,000 rides given to date. Over 6,500 weekend rides have been given since the start of service in late August.

 

Weekend Ridership Since August 27th, 2018

Saturday

Sunday

Total

4,243

2,419

6,662

 

The charts below show the average daily ridership by stop for DASH North and DASH West. Because of the change in stop locations and the addition of stops to both routes, the comparison is not exact. Overall, the service is at par or exceeding ridership figures from the previous year, consistent with the overall ridership trends. Individual stops may be affected by construction projects, the proximity of a new (and perhaps preferred) stop locations, and rider familiarity between old and new locations.

 

 

Upcoming Budget Work Sessions

Two Mobile GR Commission budget work sessions have been scheduled and will both be held at Mobile GR Offices located at 50 Ottawa Ave, NW. The first will be on Wednesday, November 14 from 12-2pm and will focus on an overview of the City budgeting process and an exercise to develop budget priorities to be incorporated into the fiscal year 2020 budget development to begin in early 2019. The second meeting will review the priorities and finalize recommendations and have an update on the strategic planning process.