St. Bernard Transit has seen a significant increase in ridership in 2017. “At the halfway point last year, our buses had transported 38,030 passengers. At the end of this past June, we had 44,151 riders, an increase of 14%,” said St. Bernard Transit Manager Michael Bayham. “What’s remarkable was that last year there had been a jump in total ridership compared to 2015,” said Bayham. “If the trend continues we are likely to exceed last year’s passenger numbers.” Bayham credited the uptick in passengers to the route shift that took effect in March, the simplification of the bus schedule by standardizing bus arrival times to hourly intervals, and the professionalism of the drivers and transit support staff.
Another contributing factor was a decision made by Parish President Guy McInnis earlier this year to expand the number of days the buses would run. “Our administration has worked to meet the demands of the public by running buses on most parish holidays,” said McInnis. “Many people have to work on holidays and rely on public transportation to reach their jobs.” “The parish bus system provides an important service to the residents of our community, helping people get to work, visit the doctor, attend our community college, and make groceries,” said McInnis.
St. Bernard Transit buses run on weekdays and most holidays from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The fare is $1 for adults and there is a discounted rate of .50 cents for passengers aged 60 years or older, persons with a disability, and those with a Red, White and Blue card. Children 5 years old or younger ride for free. For more information about the transit department including schedules, please log on to www.sbpg.net/transit or call the transit office at 504-277-1907.