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Transit System Gets One Millionth Rider

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 2, 2007

Taylor Gorman, UNH Transit’s one millionth rider - Doug Prince photos

When Taylor Gorman lined up to board a shuttle bus in front of T Hall yesterday, she just wanted a ride back to her dorm. It was chilly and she was wearing capri’s and flip-flops.

What the Williamson Hall resident got for being the one millionth rider on UNH transit this year was a bouquet of balloons and more than $800 worth of gifts.

Dirk Timmons, director of transportation, got on the bus just before Gorman. When she stepped in behind him, he congratulated her and asked her to step back off to receive her prizes. Someone handed her the blue and white balloons. Two other people stood by holding donated cases of Coke.

Gorman, of Marshfield, Mass., accepted the gifts with good humor.

“This is so funny,” the freshmen said several times. “I use the buses a lot, especially when it’s raining. Today I was just a little cold.”

The millionth rider was determined by counting the combined ridership of Wildcat Transit and Campus Connector since July 1, 2006. Last year’s total was 911,850. Transportation officials knew they going to hit a million in 2007 but didn’t think it would happen this soon.

“We thought it would take until the end of the year so it’s nice to have reached it in 10 months,” said Timmons.

Dirk Timmons and transportation manager Beverly Cray present Gorman with a special T-shirt denoting her as the millionth rider

Gorman’s prizes include brunch for four at the New England Center, two tickets to the Ogunquit Playhouse, a hat and T-shirt from Hayden Sports, gift certificates to the Dairy Bar, UHS, Printing Services, Dunkin’ Donuts, MacDonald’s, Applebees, Staples, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Party On Karaoke, a free massage from Health Services, a water color by Roseann Meserve and a free oil change at Al’s Garage. All Season’s Vending donated the two cases of coke.

“As a freshman I don’t have a car so I really rely on the bus,” Gorman says. “It’s really convenient—it stops everywhere and I know I won’t have to wait very long.”

Wildcat Transit connects Durham to Dover, Madbury, Portsmouth, Newington, and Newmarket while the Campus Connector provides public shuttle service around campus.

Additionally, UTS operates SafeRides, Guaranteed Ride Home, Cat Courier, MediCat and the Wildcat Access paratransit service.

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