Nichole Hannahs

Nearing 100,000 Riders

by Nichole Hannahs on January 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

Southeast Area Transit nears 100,000 riders for the year.

The Transit Director of SEAT said they’ve seen an increase in ridership and through November had 95,500 riders. Howard Stewart said that is partly to do with a fixed route added in October that travels the east end of town. Stewart believes their success depends on being efficient.

"Before we were sparse out and trying to be everything to everybody and we can’t be everything to everybody and be efficient," said Transit Director SEAT Howard Stewart. "We have certain guidelines that we have to follow and passed down through ODOT and the Federal Transit Authority."

Stewart said one of his goals moving forward is to create team unity.

"We’re in this together. My employees, I care deeply for them," said Stewart. "We’ve got great employees and just to build a synchronicity of a team."

Thursday, Stewart met with Muskingum County Commissioners to ask for funding. The money will go toward matching funds from the Federal Transit Authority in order to keep providing public transportation in our area.