This is still an extremely small number of passengers, but it’s nice to see ridership growing.
Use of Delaware County bus service up
Saturday, February 12, 2011 02:51 AM
By Allison Manning
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
DELAWARE, Ohio – More people are jumping on the bright yellow buses that shuttle residents throughout Delaware County.
In 2009, more than 42,000 trips were taken on buses of the Delaware Area Transit Agency, or DATA, which offer both fixed routes and demand/response services, where residents can request a pickup and drop-off by appointment.
Last year, that number grew to nearly 67,000, a 58percent increase. The growth is expected to continue, with ridership rising 13 percent this past January over January 2010.
By comparison, the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s 2010 ridership was 17.3 million, up 2.4 percent from the year before.
I’ve never paid much attention to the Delaware Area Transit Authority (DATA), and knew little aside from the fact that it connects to COTA at the Crosswoods. I looked up some schedule and route information on their website after I read this article. They appear have two fixed routes, one connecting downtown Delaware to the Crosswoods via Polaris (Green Route), and a bi-directional loop around the city (Red and Blue Routes). The fare is $2, and transfers to and from COTA are free.
I drew a Google map of the fixed routes here, but the streets taken are just my best guess since their schedule lists stops without showing a route map. Also, I’m a little confused by a discussion of proposed route changes to merge the red and blue routes into a purple route in October, 2010, but it’s not clear if the changes were implemented since the current schedule still shows a red and a blue route. It’s also not clear if the stops shown on the schedule represent time points or if those are the only stops they make. Lastly, be aware that the route can deviate to pick up passengers with disabilities, so it’s not a completely static fixed route anyway. Nevertheless, keep DATA in mind for your travels to Delaware County.