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U-PASS ridership at UMD in 2011-2012 breaks all-time record

Published: Expires: 10/20/2012

U-Pass ridership for the 2011-2012 school-year breaks all-time record with 569,361 rides.The DTA has begun its 12th year of the U-Pass Program at UMD and expects the trend of increasing ridership year after year to continue.

The DTA transported 569,361 U-PASS riders at UMD during the 2011-2012 school-year – the highest school year total since the U-PASS Program began in 2000. The record-breaking U-PASS ridership for UMD’s 2011-2012 school-year included consecutive monthly records from September 2011 through February 2012 and in April 2012. (see chart below). Ridership at UMD during the 2011-2012 school-year was up nearly 5 percent over the previous school-year.

Total ridership at UMD since the U-PASS began in 2000 currently tallies 4,736,407 riders, with the 5 millionth rider projected to occur before the end of the year.

U-PASS ridership at UMD has increased steadily since 2000 and accounts for nearly 12 percent of the DTA’s over-all ridership during the same time period. However, during fall and spring semesters, U-PASS ridership at UMD accounts for nearly 20 percent of DTA’s system-wide ridership.

Prior to the establishment of the U-PASS Program in 2000, DTA ridership at UMD averaged just 4,000 a month. By 2011, enrollment at UMD had increased by more than 30 percent to nearly 12,000 students. The U-PASS Program has been instrumental in accommodating the transportation needs of off-campus students since 2000. The only expansion of on-campus housing since 2000 was an addition to Griggs Hall in September of 2011. Since 2000, more than 700 campus parking spaces have been eliminated, due to on-campus expansion and no additional parking lots have been constructed on campus. Today, more than 4,000 UMD students, faculty and staff are riding the DTA every two days.

U-PASS ridership at UMD reached the 1 millionth rider milestone in March of 2004; the 2 millionth rider in February of 2007; the 3 millionth rider in March of 2009; and the 4 millionth rider in March of 2011.

UMD2007-20082008-20092009-20102010-20112011-2012

September

44,530

75,380

60,800

67,728

75,624

October

51,594

75,825

71,966

69,273

76,713

November

45,420

57,979

60,495

64,130

69,946

December

35,914

48,197

50,599

51,951

54,814

           

January

29,808

39,863

37,201

42,805

47,182

February

55,506

66,770

64,260

68,219

69,542

March

42,116

53,687

52,294

58,389

55,691

April

47,715

56,078

54,054

59,404

59,981

May

28,481

27,097

26,281

29,665

27,647

June

13,786

10,741

10,455

10,876

10,991

July

13,112

10,141

9,450

9,942

10,552

August

12,310

8,264

8,561

10,957

10,678

           
 

420,292

530,022

506,416

543,339

569,361

RECORD RIDERSHIP @ UMD IN YELLOW

 

The U-PASS Program was introduced at UMD in Fall Semester of 2000 as an innovative partnership between the university and the DTA to encourage greater use of public transportation on campus by providing unlimited rides for students, faculty and staff and building on-campus transit hub.

The U-PASS Program was designed to reduce on-campus traffic, minimize student parking in nearby neighborhoods and address the construction-related reduction of campus parking.

UMD is on contract with the DTA’s U-Pass Program until 2017.

The College of St. Scholastica and Lake Superior College joined the DTA’s U-PASS Program in 2001 and University of Wisconsin, Superior joined in 2007.

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