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Friday, July 11, 2008

Citylink ridership almost doubles

It's kind of a relief to have public transportation (albeit limited) in place as fuel prices really begin to strain the budgets of the average families in Kootenai County

COEUR d'ALENE -- With skyrocketing fuel costs, North Idaho residents are turning to Citylink and leaving their cars and gas-guzzling SUVs parked at home.

There were 33,311 individual passengers riding Citylink buses in June, up from 18,089 people riding the bus in June 2007.

"We've nearly doubled ridership and it's continuing to climb," said Alan Eirls, Citylink's transportation manager. "The request for growth is continuous. We're limited by money and equipment."

Citylink, a partnership between the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the state of Idaho, Kootenai County, and the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, offers free public transportation to North Idaho residents. Check out the rest of the story at the Coeur d'Alene Press website.

Have you taken a ride on Citylink yet? if not, what would it take to get you on board, so to speak?

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.