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Circulator Trolley Ridership Nearly Triples from One Year Ago

Circulator Trolley Ridership Nearly Triples from One Year Ago

Annapolis, MD (8-8-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that on the one year anniversary of launching the Circulator Trolley, ridership has increased 260 percent.

The Circulator has been gradually increasing ridership since its launch in July of 2011 when ridership was reported at 5,488 for the month.  One year later, in July of 2012, ridership was reported at 14,445.

As expected during the Circulator’s first year, it experienced seasonal drops in September and November of 2011 and January of 2012. However, that trend quickly reversed in February of 2012 and showed a steady increase for the next five months:

  • July 2011- 5,488
  • August 2011 - 4,135
  • Sept. 2011 - 2,422
  • October 2011 - 3,010
  • November 2011 - 1,652
  • December 2011- 4,154
  • January 2012 - 2,274
  • Feb. 2012 - 3,847
  • March 2012 - 4,951
  • April 2012 - 7,778
  • May 2012 - 9,378
  • June 2012 - 11,818
“When we launched the Circulator last year, we did so with a commitment to be transparent and accountable with the ridership numbers,” Mayor Cohen said.  “July's figures allow us to compare year-to-year data for the first time and the results are extremely encouraging.  Although we have a shoestring budget for marketing, the word is getting out and our partnerships with business and civic associations are producing results.” 
The mayor is looking into expanding the Circulator trolley into Eastport and West Annapolis on weekends and during special events.  

For more information on the Circulator, go to www.AnnapolisCirculator.com.