Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority reports its highest ridership ever for the month of October 2012.
ST. PETERSBURG - Preliminary estimates indicate that Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority provided 1,287,301 rides during October 2012 - more than any other month in agency history.
Octoberís ridership was an increase of more than 16,000 over the previous monthly mark set in March and a 14 percent increase as compared to October 2011.
October was the 12th consecutive monthly record and is a strong start toward setting yet another annual ridership mark in 2013.
Last year, PSTAís ridership jumped by more than 915,000, which is a 7 percent increase over 2010-11.Transit officials across the country say that a 2 to 3 percent annual increase is considered a strong gain, so for PSTA to more than double that mark is an outstanding showing.
PSTA officials say many factors play a role in boosting ridership including record-breaking tourism, rising fuel prices, and an improving economy. Approximately half of all PSTA riders are going to and from work, and leaders are optimistic that the ridership gains are a sign of a strengthening economy.
In light of this record ridership and demand for transit, PSTA leaders are working on a comprehensive, community-wide bus plan that features transit-friendly land use and a potential light rail transit corridor.
PSTA staff is partnering with local leaders and the community to ensure that the new plan will maximize resources and provide more efficient and effective transit service for residents, visitors, and businesses. To learn more about the Pinellas Community Bus Plan and to participate in a survey, visit busplan.psta.net.
Visit PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 540-1900. Check PSTAís new Real Time Bus Information site at RidePSTA.net.