For the Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT), SUNY New Paltz students are 7,767 opportunities to gain ridership, and Village of New Paltz residents are an additional 6,000.
Over the past few months, UCAT has focused on encouraging more students to ride its countywide bus system, recognizing that SUNY New Paltz and the surrounding village comprise the second largest population center in the county.
Improvements that have been made in New Paltz so far are expected to work with additional effort.
According to UCAT Director of Transportation Bob Di Bella, Ulster County students used public transportation about 30,000 times in 2012, and about 13,000 of those rides were by SUNY New Paltz students.
Near-record temperatures led to near-record power consumption Friday as extreme heat drove some to crank their air conditioners and others to seek relief at the county’s cooling centers.
Maria Pollard, a spokeswoman for Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc., said Friday’s demand for electricity was the second highest in company history, topping out around 1,599 megawatts at 4 p.m. The figure is just shy of the 1,617 megawatts of demand required Aug. 2, 2006.
The anticipated increase in demand drove the company to issue a heat alert Friday morning, but Pollard said O&R’s systems had responded well throughout the day and into the evening.