KART ridership doubles estimates during first quarter of operations

Nearly twice as many Kingman area residents rode the bus during the first quarter of operation than were expected.

"We had projected daily ridership of 60," Beth O'Connor, Kingman public transport coordinator said.

"We averaged 143 (riders per day) during the free first two weeks and 103 for the first quarter."

O'Connor said the KART buses will soon run through the day without the current midday shutdown from 1 p.m.

to 2 p.m.

Some passengers would not ride near noon fearing they would have to wait the extra hour until 2 p.m.

to return home.

"The midday shutdown was a problem for our curb to curb riders and others who left in late morning and wanted to return after lunch," she said.

"We had budgeted the money to make the change after July 1 and the City Council approved."

Bus riders were surveyed to see why they rode the bus and what kinds of changes they would like to see.

Of the 160 riders surveyed, 39 percent used the bus to get to work or to search for a job.

Another 20 percent were shopping and 13 percent were using the bus to get to an educational site.

Nine percent were on medical trips and another nine percent had recreational or leisure destinations.

Eight percent used KART to get to government service sites.

Of the passengers in the April, May and June quarter, 59 percent were adults and 22 percent were under 16.

Ten percent were seniors over 60 and nine percent of the riders were disabled.

KART offers curb-to-curb service for qualifying seniors or those disabled or handicapped.

Those desiring the service must register and call in advance to arrange rides.

The yellow route north from Safeway at Gordon Drive has added stops at Thompson Avenue and North Bank Street, at Castle Rock Road and Swan Drive and at North Sierra Road at Northern Avenue.

The Van Nuys Road and Northern Avenue yellow route stop was moved two blocks north to Van Nuys Road and Neal Avenue.

The blue route added two new stops on Stockton Hill Road at Walgreen's at Airway Avenue and at the U.S.

Post Office at Johnson Avenue.

The Stockton Hill Road stops north of Kino Avenue at Planet was moved across the street to Cliff Findlay Auto.

A special 4:55 a.m.

stop at Allied Forces located between Stockton Hill Road and Hall Street was added for workers to get to the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

The federal funding sources require fare collections of about $1,750 per month.

In May KART collected $2,100 in fares and collected another $2,668 in June.

Advertising revenue for the first quarter was $6,307.

KART has three buses running two routes from 5 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

Monday through Friday.

Except for the early morning stop at Allied Services, the routes begin at the Safeway transfer point at Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Drive.

Call 753-8762 or, for curb service, 681-RIDE.