For immediate release: April 9, 2013
Who: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
What: March 2013 ridership posts a gain of nearly 6% over February ridership
When: March 2013
Where: Throughout Pinellas County and Tampa
How: By giving 1,246,539 rides in March
Bus ridership in Pinellas County continued on its standing-room-only pace last month as riders boarded PSTA buses more than 1.2 million times in March. That makes for a gain of nearly 6% over February and the fourth highest overall monthly ridership total in agency history.
Agency leaders say numerous factors contributed to the increasing ridership including record setting tourism, high fuel prices and an improving economy. PSTA buses frequently have standing room loads at rush hour, with many routes now experiencing standing loads at midday as well. PSTA has a time-lapse video on their YouTube channel that shows over-capacity buses. To help meet the record demand for transit in Pinellas County, the PSTA Board of Directors and the County Commission have agreed to place a one-cent sales tax initiative on the November 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the new funding would allow the agency to implement significant increases in service. Those increases would include more frequent buses that run throughout longer periods of the day, as well as new routes in areas not currently served by transit.
To keep up with the agency’s plans for the future of transportation in Pinellas County visit www.greenlightpinellas.org or you can participate in the planning process by giving leaders your input as part of the agency’s comprehensive Community Bus Plan at http://busplan.psta.net/.