The number of people taking the bus or LRT continues to rise in a trend that started 10 years ago, says Edmonton Transit.

While ridership rose by just over three per cent last year, it has jumped almost 150 per cent since 2003.

Bob Boutilier, general manager of transportation services, credits improvements in service for the rise in passengers. 

In 2012. ETS improved service in off-peak hours on busy bus routes and added new routes such as crosstown service between Mill Woods and West Edmonton Mall, he said.

ETS also sold more group work passes and student passes, he said.