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Pinellas County
PSTA sets May ridership record
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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority continues to set all-time ridership records. Early figures for May indicate that 1,187,231 rides were taken last month, which is a jump of more than 46,000 rides over May 2011.
ST. PETERSBURG -The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority continues to set all-time ridership records. Early figures for May indicate that 1,187,231 rides were taken last month, which is a jump of more than 46,000 rides over May 2011.

“Not only is this the highest ridership ever for the month of May, but it’s also the second highest monthly total ever for PSTA – second only to March 2012,” said PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher.

PSTA has reported ridership records for six consecutive months.

Agency leaders say transit ridership typically jumps when fuel prices spike and, as in past years, they’re seeing that when prices come down, riders continue using PSTA.

“It’s just a matter of people finally taking that first ride,” Lasher said. “Once they learn how easy, inexpensive and stress free it is to ride, they stick with us.”

Folding bikes allowed on board

Folding bikes are now permitted on board all PSTA buses.

PSTA’s record ridership is also increasing demand for the agency’s Bikes on Buses program, where riders use bus mounted bike racks to travel with their bicycles.

Because of the increased demand for rack space, PSTA leaders are encouraging passengers to bring folding bicycles on board buses even if the front bike racks are empty. Since folding bikes don’t take up much room, officials are asking riders to bring folding bikes on board to save the front bike-rack space for standard bikes. On average, PSTA now carries more than a thousand bikes a day.

To learn how to ride with your bike or to plan a trip on PSTA, visit the agency website at www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 540-1900.
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