In March, the Sandy Area Metro (SAM) bus provided more than 21,000 rides, setting a new record for the fareless, city-funded transit service.

Transit Director Julie Stephens said the first quarter of 2007 is showing 22 percent higher ridership than just a year ago. The service added half-hourly service in October, increasing service time by 21 hours.

'I didn't expect to see the same percentage of ridership increase as the number of service hours,' Stephens said. 'It's phenomenal. Thousand-rider days are not uncommon anymore.'

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