Harrisonburg Ranks High in Public Transit

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- At number 24, Harrisonburg is competing against other major cities, including Denver. The ranking is from the ESPN site '538'.

A big reason Harrisonburg is 24 out of 290, is the increase in bus riders during James Madison University's school year. When students are here.. there are 30 buses running. Now, the city only has five buses running.

"I am surprised actually. I thought it would be a little bit lower actually," said Frank Woodley, who rides the bus.

"It gets me where I need to go and it helps me reduce my carbon footprint. And it's very efficient and I feel safe on the bus," said Tom Hawkins, a bus rider.

Busses in Harrisonburg average about 50 riders per hour. Other cities, like Pittsburgh, with more than one million people, ranked lower on this list, because they had less riders compared to rider- population ratio.

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