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Success is measured in many ways, but when it comes to celebrations and get-togethers, it’s usually pretty obvious whether the event is a success, judging by the amount of people that show up.
Atomic City Transit celebrated its first birthday with a get-together on Central Avenue and for them, success was measured in hot dogs. Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley said that by 1 p.m., they had given away 1,300 hot dogs.
She said that earlier in the day, the lawn in front of Fuller Lodge was jam-packed with people who showed up to celebrate with ACT. The line of revelers even extended down the street.
Partygoers enjoyed giveaways, free food and balloons for the kids. They were also able to sign up for prize drawings that included donations from several local businesses such as Brownell’s, CB Fox, the Coffee Booth, Otowi Bookstore, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Ruby K’s and Village Arts.
ACT riders also got the chance to check out the new Ride Guide, which contains information about ACT’s new Enhanced AM and PM Peak Services.
Riding the bus is free and Talley said that it’s very quick and easy to ride because it goes through most Los Alamos and White Rock neighborhoods.
“It can compete with the automobile, because people can just get on whenever and get off wherever,” she said.
Talley also said that when ACT started last October, they had 7,500 riders per month. By July of this year, the number of riders went up to 47,000 per month.
She said that the spike in bus riders probably came from more kids using the bus system during the summer.
“I think kids started to realize that they didn’t have to depend on their parents to take them places,” she said.
Now that school has started, Talley said that the number of riders has leveled out and ACT averages about 30,000 riders a month.
In an effort to make riding the bus even easier, ACT will offer Enhanced AM and PM Peak Services, beginning on Oct. 27.
The new services will be available on all the neighborhood routes, allowing riders to choose from two options per hour during peak morning and evening commute times.
The new ride guide reflects the enhanced service and is available on the bus and is posted on the ACT Web site at www.AtomicCityTransit.com.
Riders are asked to review all routes and times as other subtle changes have also occurred.