MATS Service Increasing In Popularity

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Total ridership of the the Montgomery Area Transit System buses, or MATS, is steadily increasing according to numbers released by the transit authority

The big blue and white buses carried around 35,000 more passengers in April of 2008 than in the same period in 2006.

WSFA 12 News requested month to month numbers for the March/April period for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Here are how they broke down.

MARCH 2006:          77,447
APRIL 2006:            72,730

MARCH 2007:          87,203
APRIL 2007:            89,620

MARCH 2008:          102,956
APRIL 2008:            110,167

The all time record for any month was set in October 2007 when 118,167 people get on board!