St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has set yet another annual ridership record with nearly 15 million rides taken in fiscal year 2014-2015.
With eight record-breaking months this year, PSTA has proudly achieved its sixth consecutive year of record ridership.
Passengers used the PSTA system a total of 14,898,825 times—that’s a 2.7 % increase and nearly 400,000 additional trips over last fiscal year. This new record breaks the highest standing record in Pinellas County’s 102-year history.
“I’m so proud to see how much PSTA has continued to grow,” said PSTA Board Chair Bill Jonson. “We’re working with great community partners to make some big moves in downtown St. Petersburg, and we are excited to watch our system continue to improve.”
Aside from its growing ridership, PSTA is looking at new ways to grow in downtown St. Petersburg.
“The goal is to move out of Williams Park by Valentine’s Day and transform the downtown hub into to a grid system in downtown St. Petersburg,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. “This is going to be a big step towards a more walkable downtown.”
The PSTA Board will vote on the plan to reroute service near Williams Park at their November meeting.