As temperatures go down, public transit ridership goes up

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With a brutal wind chill more people in Burlington are turning to public transit.

During the winter months Green Mountain Transit officials notice a couple of trends. Operations Manager Mevludin Bahonjic explained the buses are fuller.

“During the workweek we see a lot of people utilizing the bus system a lot more to save themselves from having to driving during inclement weather,” Bahonjic said.

He said the company has also noticed a big change with less people walking to their destinations as it‘s so cold outside.

To combat the cold, the Downtown Transit Center is enclosed and heated to give passengers and employees a place to warm up.

One passenger Terrance Whitney said he’s from Mississippi and came to Burlington for a change. However, he was not prepared for the cold this change would bring with it.

He said the best part of having the buses is that they are warm.

“Yeah, they’re very warm,” Whitney said. “That’s the best part of getting on the bus in the cold is the heat.”

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