Watauga County’s free public transportation system, AppalCart, reported a 15 percent increase in overall ridership from August of 2008 to August of 2009.
According to AppalCart’s director, Christopher Turner, the addition of a second bus on the Orange Route this year made the biggest difference. The second bus added 2,437 passenger trips and 739 miles of service. The Express Route and the POP105 Route experienced the largest increase in ridership last month. Updated route information is available at www.AppalCart.com.