For immediate release: May 9 , 2013
Who: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
What: Last month’s ridership sets all-time record for the month of April
When: April 2013
Where: Throughout Pinellas County and Tampa
How: By giving 1,241,957 rides in April
PSTA bus riders resumed their record streak last month by taking more rides than in any other April in PSTA history. The mark is a 4% improvement over April 2012 and the fifth highest monthly total ever. “The fact that we set a new record even as gasoline prices were dropping and Spring Break was coming to end, is further proof of the growing demand for public transit in Pinellas County,” says PSTA CEO Brad Miller. Agency leaders say there are several reliable factors that can affect ridership such as fuel prices. With those costs dropping recently, they credit job growth and continued record tourism for the new high.
In the meantime, PSTA officials are wrapping up their extensive Pinellas Community Bus Plan, preliminary results from which are due in a few months. The agency has also introduced a new comprehensive resource for transit information in the Tampa Bay area, called Greenlight Pinellas. Leaders say Greenlight Pinellas is a multi-faceted program featuring educational outreach, community involvement and a web-based clearinghouse for Pinellas County’s transportation plans. They promise that the program’s website, www.GreenlightPinellas.org, will feature detailed information on everything PSTA and its partner agencies plan to implement if voters approve a one-cent transportation sales tax referendum in November of 2014. Greenlight Pinellas will also detail everything the agency will do to address dwindling funding, such as implementing significant cuts in bus service, should the measure be voted down. “It’s critical that Pinellas County residents know exactly what we plan to do, in detail, before they are asked to decide,” says PSTA spokesman Bob Lasher. “The goal is to be as concise, transparent, and thorough as possible.”
To learn more about PSTA, including how to ride or exactly when the next bus is arriving at your stop, visit www.PSTA.net.