St. Petersburg, Fla. – With four months left in the fiscal year, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has already provided more than 10 million rides to its passengers.
PSTA has not had a month with less than 1 million in ridership in more than five years, and topped out last fiscal year with over 14 million rides. With 1,217,087 total passenger boardings in May, ridership is now up 4.4% over last fiscal year-to-date.
“Transit can be a verb—it’s about constantly moving and growing,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. “But it’s mostly about helping our community improve by providing freedom for more and more people to get around.”
At this time last year, PSTA had already provided 9,595,431 total passenger rides in fiscal year 2014. This year, that number has surpassed 10 million.
Ridership growth is recognized across the entire Pinellas County with more than 80% of PSTA’s 46 routes seeing increased use over the last three years. In addition to an increase in total passenger trips, the number of customers accessing the bus with their bicycles and then transporting them along on the front of PSTA’s 200+ buses is also seeing strong growth, up 5.3% year-to-date.
“The 600 men and women who work hard every day to provide our County’s transit services are the reason ridership keeps growing,” said Miller. “The PSTA Board and I are grateful for their effort, and will keep working to provide a great option for our customers and a system the community can be proud of."
About PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 14.5 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 203 vehicles. To learn more about the services offered by PSTA, or for schedule and fare information, passengers are invited to call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900, or visit . PSTA is an equal opportunity employer.