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La Crosse MTU sees 3.2% drop in riders



Fewer people in La Crosse rode the city bus last year but the decline doesn’t worry the Mass Transit Board too much.

Ridership in 2017 was down 3.2 percent from the previous year or 33,000 passengers from roughly 1 million total.

“It’s a fairly stable number,” La Crosse Mayor and MTU chair, Tim Kabat said. “we’re still a bit over a million rides and a lot of that is driven by the two most popular routes.”

Those routes include service to UW-La Crosse, north La Crosse and the Valley View Mall.

Low gas prices and nice weather are considered the main reasons for a drop in bus passengers.

Onalaska’s route saw a drop of 2,000 but some of that is blamed on the Hwy. 53 construction during 2017. La Crescent had a slight increase in MTU riders.

MTU service to Onalaska, French Island, and La Crescent accounts for 6 per cent of the passenger load.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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