Low levels of development activity (measured in building permits), low rate of population growth and modest increases in several economic sectors indicate that the overall demand on Keene’s transportation system has not been overwhelming. When comparing data on commuting practices, for example, changes in several categories were nominal, while a few categories do show a small tendency toward automobile oriented commuting practices (Table 10).
Ridership numbers for the City Express public bus service are an indicator of the use of public transportation; however, they may not be indicative of the need for public transportation. This service is currently administered by Keene’s Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) organization. It is Keene’s only local public transportation service. Although ridership for the service is not large (at approximately 140 rides per day), ridership has increased approximately 13% annually on average (Table 11). It is not known whether this is the result of increased fuel prices, changes in employment or other socioeconomic factors.