New Ridership Numbers out for Link FM

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Wednesday and Saturday have the highest ridership on the Link FM. It's the bus that drives between the Moorhead Center Mall and Downtown Fargo.

Tuesday, the Downtown Transit Circulator Subcommittee met to discuss ridership numbers and ways to encourage area university students to use the bus.

The group says currently, about six people per hour use Link FM and the goal is to have about 10 people riding per hour. Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams says they think once the students come back, they will reach that goal. The most popular times of the day for riders is between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday's meeting also proved that people are using Link FM during special events. Ridership numbers increased during the Fargo Street Fair with more than 2,000 people using the service. During the TEDxFargo event, 168 riders rode the bus in one day.

Commissioner Williams says they plan to have a big orientation party for all the university students in September to introduce them to the new service.

A new phone app will also be released in September, which will show where the bus is located in real time so riders know how long they will have to wait.

The Link FM is funded through February.