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Try transit and let us do the driving


In September, Rider Transit reported record ridership after several months of passenger growth following the November 2010 launch of the Rider Transit Center facility. This has continued as more passengers Try Transit to get around Concord and Kannapolis.
For 2011, the first full calendar year in the new Transit Center, ridership grew 26 percent! While ridership grew steadily all of 2011, it really took off in August with the return of students to RCCC. The trend has continued on all seven routes across the system as more and more people look to Rider to help get them to school, work, shopping, and medical appointments (click the image to the right to enlarge).
The period between December 2011 and February 2012 is the first opportunity to accurately compare ridership year-over-year since the move.
In December 2010, Rider carried 28,096 passengers, compared to 37,703 passengers in December 2011 (an increase of 34 percent). For the year 2011, Rider served a total of 414,535 passengers, just 176 away from breaking the system’s all-time annual record.
The positive trend continued in 2012, with 38,470 passengers in January (up 43 percent from 26,827 in January 2011) and 38,716 passengers in February (up 23 percent from 31,497 in February 2011).
The ridership totals for the last four months - November, December, January, and February – are all monthly passenger records. Continuing at this pace, Rider will carry over 460,000 passengers this year, shattering the old record by 45,000 trips!
Want to learn more about Rider Transit? Visit or call 704-920-RIDER (7433).

About Rider Transit:
Ten buses with an eye-catching bright green and royal purple paint scheme travel the city streets of Concord and Kannapolis. Rider has seven routes that depart and arrive at the Transit Center located at 3600 S. Ridge Avenue, Concord. All buses are ADA accessible.
In addition to providing service to many local neighborhoods, the system carries passengers to and from many of the more popular venues in Cabarrus County. The buses also stop at many of the area’s major employers allowing employees the flexibility of taking public transportation rather than cars.
Buses run from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays.