What: Carried more riders in January, 2015 than any previous January in agency history
When: January, 2015
Where: Throughout Pinellas County and to Tampa
How: By providing a record-setting 1,258,631 rides to area transit users
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority set its second consecutive all-time monthly ridership record last month, making for seven new records in the past eight months. January’s record, however, was a bit of a surprise for PSTA leaders, because it happened during a period when gasoline prices dramatically dropped. Typically transit ridership will also drop during periods of low fuel prices, but PSTA’s ridership not only bucked that trend, but it did so in astonishing fashion – by posting a 7.8% increase over January, 2014.
“It’s one of the biggest jumps in ridership that I’ve seen in my 14 years of service with this agency,” says PSTA Board Chair and Clearwater City Council member Bill Jonson. “It really contradicts the misconception that people in Pinellas County don’t use public transit.” Officials say the 7.8% increase translates to 100,326 additional trips taken last month as over January, 2014. When asked about reasons for the increased ridership, PSTA leaders said that it’s most likely the result of a combination of factors including an improving economy, higher employment, record tourism and the agency’s new UPASS programs with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College and the City of St. Petersburg.
To plan a trip on PSTA, prospective riders can use the agency’s Google Trip planner located on agency’s home page at www.psta.net or they can call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900 to speak with a live Customer Service Representative.