Press Release: PSTA Sets 6th Monthly Ridership Record This Year

For immediate release: August 8, 2012

Who: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
What: Provides more rides in July 2012 than any previous July in agency history
When: July 2012
Where: Throughout Pinellas County
Why: Due to increasing use of transit by Pinellas County residents and visitors alike

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority set another monthly ridership record in July 2012. That makes for the seventh monthly record dating back to November 2011. Last month the transit agency gave 1,205,256 rides, which is more than any other July in agency history and an impressive 14% jump over July 2011. PSTA officials are thrilled with steady increase in ridership and say that repeated record breaking ridership in so many months is proof positive that people in the Tampa Bay area are want to ride transit.

Suncoast Beach Trolley in front of the Hurricane Restaurant. Circa 2001.

Officials are hopeful that this month’s Republican National Convention will help propel ridership to yet another monthly record in August. With many of the delegates and their families filling rooms along Pinellas County’s award winning beaches, the agency will be promoting its popular Suncoast Beach TrolleySM and Central Avenue Trolleys as the smart, safe and easy way for delegates to get to and from area attractions and celebrations such as the “Largest Ever” RNC inaugural party at Tropicana Field on August 26, 2012.

If you’d like to take advantage of PSTA’s safe and affordable transportation, visit www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900 to plan your trip. Then, before you head out, be sure to check PSTA’s new Real Time Bus Information site at www.RidePSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine to find out exactly when your next bus will arrive.

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