Fort Saskatchewan's fleet of three busses are busier than they were a year ago.
 
In October, Fort Transit carried 8,072 people around the city and to Edmonton.
 
"We've been doing fairly well in the city," said city transit supervisor, Anthony Dionigi. "We've seen over the course of about a year from September 2016 to 2017, about a 30 per cent increase in ridership with the local and commuter transit services."
 
Routes 582 and 582 saw 42 per cent more riders, while the Edmonton route, 518, had 18 per cent more riders.
 
Every month since the relaunch in September 2016, ridership has continually risen, something he credited to the branding and public awareness campaigns.
 
Though the feedback Dionigi has received has been positive, there's still room for improvement.
 
"A lot of riders want to see a little more service during the day and in the evening, especially on the weekends," he explained. "The commuter service specifically is geared towards the commuter rider so it doesn't necessarily cater to folks wanting to get to Edmonton in the evening or choosing not to take their car when they go downtown."
 
Expansion of service is dependant on a decision from City Council.
 
Fort Transit is looking to get more feedback from residents who use the commuter Route 580 to Edmonton to see how the service can be improved within their current budget. That meeting is on November 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dow Centennial Centre.
 
Route information, fares and more is on Fort Transit's website.

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