Ridership jumps 41 percent for Thousand Oaks Transit agency

Carrying nearly 17,000 riders last month, Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT) shattered last year’s ridership mark and continues to show tremendous growth, according to Mark Watkins, public works director for the city of Thousand Oaks.

Source of this article – Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 20, 2006

TOT experienced a 41 percent system-wide increase in ridership, translating into an additional 4,900 trips over the previous year.

“The city of Thousand Oaks is thrilled with this success,” said Watkins. “We’re pleased to see an increasing number of people taking advantage of the many benefits of public transit.”

Contributing factors to TOT’s boom in ridership are rising fuel prices, school and employer outreach efforts, and targeted marketing to senior, youth and Hispanic populations.

The city has also created a new website, www.totransit.org, and placed TOT posters at local shopping centers.

On Sat., April 22, the city of Thousand Oaks and Conejo Recreation and Park District will host the ninth annual Arbor/Earth Day Celebration at Conejo Creek Park North, a free community event geared towards raising awareness to keep the environment healthy and beautiful.

The day will be filled with live entertainment, food, and more than 100 environmentally-friendly exhibitors and vendors.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and TOT will provide shuttle service to residents and visitors from the parking area across the street at Conejo Creek Park South.

TOT operates Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers four routes serving Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Westlake Village.

For route and schedule information, call (805) 3755473 or visit the website at www.totransit.org.

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