Bus ridership in Pinellas County set a new record for the month of August this year. PSTA gave more than 1.2 million rides last month, which is a 1% increase over the previous record set in 2012 and a 4% gain over July 2013. “What’s most impressive about this record is that we did it with one fewer weekday than in August 2012,” says PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher. Agency leaders say that PSTA now averages more than 44,000 trips every weekday, but fewer than half that on Saturdays and Sundays, so breaking a monthly record with one fewer weekday takes a strong increase in overall ridership.
North County Connector Services Lead the Way!
One of the primary contributing factors to the new record is the extraordinary increase in ridership on PSTA’s new North County Connector services. PSTA officials report that the three routes, (Dunedin/Palm Harbor, East Lake and Countryside/Oldsmar/Tampa) which began running in December 2012, are already carrying full loads. In fact, last month, overall ridership on the Connector routes jumped a whopping 21% over July 2013. “One of our customers is so pleased with the service that she took the time to write and mail a ‘Thank You’ card to show her appreciation,” says PSTA Connector Service Coordinator Raj Singh. Singh says the Connector routes have experienced impressive growth in ridership since their introduction.
If you’d like to take advantage of Pinellas County’s increasingly popular transit system, just visit the agency’s award-winning website at: www.psta.net. Patrons are also encouraged to use PSTA’s new Real Time Bus Information system to find out exactly when the next bus will arrive at their stop. Simply logon to www.ridepsta.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900.
You can also keep up with the agency’s plans for the future of transportation in Pinellas County and participate in the community conversation helping to shape those plans at www.greenlightpinellas.org.