LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – According to the manager of La Crosse's Municipal Transit Unit, 2011 was a good year for the bus service.
Keith Carlson said ridership was at the highest its been in 30 years.
More than 1.2 million people used La Crosse's MTU buses – making for a seven percent increase from 2010.
Carlson said he thinks the increase was due to the high gas prices, tough economic times and the comfort of La Crosse's new bus station.
He added the increase is impressive – because bus use in small towns like La Crosse tends to be low.
"In a town like this, you don't have to pay for parking and there's not a lot of traffic congestion," Carlson said.
"So the buses here can be a more difficult sell for people," he added.
La Crosse's MTU service currently boasts 10 routes – which also run to areas of Onalaska, La Crescent and French Island.
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