What: Carried more riders in February, 2015 than any previous February in agency history
When: February, 2015
Where: Throughout Pinellas County and to Tampa
How: By providing a record-setting 1,184,735 rides to area transit users
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority set its third consecutive all-time monthly ridership record last month, making for eight new records over the past nine months. February’s overall ridership was up 1.7% over the same period in 2014. So far this year, the agency has seen ridership increase 4.6% over last year. Officials say that’s an impressive number given the recent reduction in gasoline prices as compared to the past few years.
Without expensive and widespread customer surveys, PSTA leaders say there’s no way to know exactly why more rides are being taken, but they suspect that it’s due to a combination of factors including an improving economy, 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.