ST. PETERSBURG - The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority set another all-time ridership record, as riders boarded PSTA vehicles nearly 1.2 million times in the month of June – a 4.4 percent increase compared to June 2013.
The numbers continue a strong upward ridership trend for PSTA, coming after a record year in 2013 with more than 14.4 million riders. The June 2014 ridership level is the highest June on record in Pinellas County's 102-year history, and follows record May ridership on the North County Connector route to Tampa.
"PSTA is one of the few transit systems to see continual ridership growth over the last five years including the recession, despite service cuts due to a major loss of property tax revenue," said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. "We're glad that demand for PSTA service is up, we thank the nearly 1.2 million Pinellas County residents, visitors, tourists and workers who made the choice to ride PSTA, and we look forward to offering them expanded service and new options through Greenlight Pinellas."
PSTA's single busiest route, the Route #19, has seen a 20 percent ridership increase over the last three years with an average ridership of nearly 6,000 per day. Route #19 is also the longest route in the PSTA system, from Tarpon Springs to Gulfport.
PSTA recently added additional increased service from Clearwater to the Gulf beaches, in response to high demand of beach and tourist industry employees needing to get to Clearwater Beach jobs without paying for scarce beach parking.
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 www.psta.net.