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PSTA Continues to Set Ridership Records

“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,” says PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher in a news release.

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,” says PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher in a news release.

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.

Gas in St. Pete has fallen sharply since . This past week the average gallon of gas in St. Pete was $3.27 while that number hovered around $3.95 in early March. 

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

According to the county, PSTA’s record ridership is also increasing demand for the agency’s popularBikes 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.

Jack Sprat June 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Looks like the PSTA campaign for more money from taxpayers has officially started. Yes, PSTA ridership has increased. Maybe. How do they measure ridership? If you study their statistical data and their financial statements (see www.psta.net) you will see that "rides" are actual boardings, so if a rider makes a transfer going from A to B, that is statistically considered two "rides." So.....if the number of transfers increases, then ridership appears to increase. If we assume that all rides are direct (no transfers) then ridership for 2011 was about 180,000 people. That is less than 2% of the population. 75% (that is 3/4) of the operating costs ($4 per ride, $3 paid by taxpayers) are paid by taxpayers, not by riders. If there are indeed transfers, then the "ridership" numbers are higher, but the actual number of people riding does not increase. Have you ever ridden a PSTA bus? Have you ever wondered why there are so few people on the bus with you? All these glowing ridership numbers and yet there are an average of less than ten people on any one bus. Taxpayers subsidize riders to the tune of $4,000 per year per rider. That is very expensive "public" transportation considering less than 2% of the "public" actually use it. And please feel free to make all the bogus arguments about how environmentally friendly buses are (they aren't) and how all those traffic problems are alleviated (no one is selling their car to ride the bus).

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