St. Petersburg, Fla. - The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has set another all-time ridership record, as riders boarded PSTA vehicles over 1.3 million times in the month of March.
The 1,332,462 boardings by riders were an 8.9% increase over March 2014. This continues a strong upward ridership trend for PSTA, marking the fourth consecutive record-setting month. The March 2015 ridership record falls less than 18,000 rides short of the highest record month ever in Pinellas County's 102-year history, which was October 2014.
"March is always a good month for transit ridership thanks to spring break visitors. This year with record tourism in Pinellas County, we are pleased that so many visitors decided to use public transportation," said PSTA CEO Brad Miller.
So far, PSTA’s monthly ridership for 2015 has surpassed that of any year prior. At a time where gas prices were at their lowest, January 2015 saw a record setting 1.2 million rides, followed by a comparably impressive February with yet another record setting 1.1 million. In addition to a substantial increase in ridership overall, there was a consistent increase among weekday, Saturday and Sunday passenger trips.
About PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 14.4 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 203 vehicles. More information is available at .