Bristol Transit says "thank you" to riders

POSTED: 12:20 PM Oct 17 2013   UPDATED: 4:34 PM Oct 17 2013
Bristol Transist
BRISTOL, Tenn. -

As a way of saying thank you to its riders, the Bristol Transit System threw a party Thursday morning for bus riders.

Transit employees cooked hamburgers and hotdogs, while the band Nightshift played.

The purpose of this passenger appreciation day was not only to thank the passengers; folks could also ride on the bus for free on Thursday.

This mornings event was also designed to inform people who aren't familiar with Bristol's transit system, and encourage them to take a ride. "It's a good service. It's a friendly, clean service that's here if you need us and we'll be glad to provide that service," said Wes Ritchie, public services manager.

Ritchie says that all the buses combined make about 70,000 trips a year. The cost to ride is only .60 cents per trip.