JETS Buses Show an Increase in Riders

JULY 7, 2006 -- POSTED AT 9:45 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Since May, the Jonesboro Economical Transit Service has been up and running the first month was free for the riders, but when June hit, the fares were charged. However, that didn't stop the riders from using the service, the numbers only got better.

"We had more riders during the month of June, than we had in May," says Major Watts, a JETS driver.

In June, JETS recorded nearly 2,500 riders, an increase of 200 riders compared to May. And more riders, means more fare collection for the city. Bus riders paid a total of nearly 1,500 dollars, and that's again just one month of collections.

"The initial objective from the outset was to have 5,000 riders per month. At the rate that we're going, hopefully the trend will continue," says Watts.

That goal was set for the end of November. It's only July and they're already half way there.

After just 2 full months of running, the JETS bus system already has their regular riders, who say they depend on the transportation.

"Since they got it, I ride it everyday," says Robert Lineholmp, a JETS regular bus rider.

With the price of gas these days, that's surely got to help with expenses. If you add up what it costs to fill up your gas tank each week, the savings are enormous.

"It saves me a lot of money. It costs me all together about 10 dollars a week to go back and forth to work," says Lineholmp.

JETS says they see only great things for the future of the new public transportation service, which is good news to the city of Jonesboro.