The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is on track to break its all-time annual ridership record this fiscal year, according to a PSTA news release.
Last month, the transit agency provided 1,238,666 rides, which is more than any other August in agency history. That’s 10 percent jump over August 2011, and the ninth monthly mark set by PSTA within the last 10 months, a news release said.
“Truly remarkable,” says PSTA CEO Brad Miller in a news release. “When Tropical Storm Isaac came around we were worried that the storm would keep many of the Republican National Convention visitors from venturing out. This record ridership shows that visitors and many locals opted for public transportation.”
According to PSTA, like all government services, the economic recession has required PSTA to significantly reduce bus service over the past several years. Despite the reductions, ridership is up more than 7 percent this fiscal year and is poised to top the all-time annual record.
“Our employees have worked very hard to bring these real improvements online and the response by Pinellas County residents and visitors is rewarding,” said Miller in the news release.