According to Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, 2.5 million passengers rode their buses during the company's 2013-2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30th. The total equates to 200,000 more riders, or a 7.7 percent in patronage compared to the previous year. In 2011, GLTC cut back on routes to save money.
After an initial decline, general manager Karen Walton says ridership continued to increase."Nowadays, people are not enamored with having more cars," says Walton. "They want to sit there and save some money and be social, have more of a community atmosphere rather than suburbs here, city here sort of thing." Walton adds that the increase is in part due to the number of Liberty University students using transit buses.