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Nashua's CityBus shares success story
This past year, the Nashua Transit System, referred to as CityBus, provided 537,000 rides, according to Mark Sousa, director of transportation for Nashua. When he started the position in 2007, about 375,000 rides were provided, said Sousa.
The Nashua Transit System operates seven daytime fixed routes and three evening routes, traveling about 1,870 miles a day and providing rides to thousands of passengers each year.
“I’ve seen lots and lots of people using the transit system out there,” Alderman Brian McCarthy, board president, said of the Main Dunstable line. McCarthy said he is impressed with the amount of people waiting at the bus stop in that section of the city.
Kathy Hersh, director of community development, said many residents began using CityBus when gas prices skyrocketed a few years ago. Although fuel costs have leveled out since that time, she said many people remain loyal customers to the city’s public transportation system.
CityBus is in the process of implementing a new software program designed to improve its daily operations. The nearly $140,000 software upgrade is being funded with a federal grant left over from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
About 20 tablets will be used to outfit all of the CityBus vehicles.
The new software is expected to be fully implemented in about two to three weeks, Sousa said.
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