St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has set two new additional ridership records, for both the month of September and the 2013-14 fiscal year.
The 1,207,293 boardings by riders in September 2014 represents a 5.1% increase over September 2013’s 1,148,640 boardings. In fiscal year 2013-14, riders boarded PSTA vehicles 14,503,349 times, a 0.25% increase over 2012-13’s 14,467,510 boardings.
This continues a sustained, significant upward ridership trend for PSTA. The 2013-14 fiscal year’s ridership level is the highest on record in Pinellas County’s 102-year history, surpassing the 2012-13 record by more than 35,000 boardings. The new annual numbers also mark PSTA’s fifth straight year of annual ridership growth, and fifth consecutive year with more than one million boardings each month.
PSTA also continued its strong commitment to Pinellas County’s community members with disabilities through its award-winning DART service, making 318,636 DART trips in 2013-14, an increase of nearly 2,100 trips over 2012-13.
“Demand for PSTA service just continues to increase year after year, and we’re proud to be one of the only transit systems in America with consistent, strong growth, despite economic downturns,” said PSTA Chair Commissioner Ken Welch. “If folks in Pinellas County haven’t tried transit yet, there’s never been a better time than now. And it’s only going to get better, with new options and improved service through Greenlight Pinellas.”