The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority gave nearly 1.2 million rides in June.
That’s the busiest June on record for the transit agency.
The 1,188,625 rides represents a 4.4% increase over the same month last year and is another in a line of shattered records.
2013 was also a record year for the PSTA with nearly 14.5 million rides given.
“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,” PSTA CEO Brad Miller said in a press release. “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.”
One of the PSTA’s busiest routes, #19 which runs from Gulfport to Tarpon Springs, has seen a 20% increase in ridership over the last three years.
The agency is highlighting increased need as a reason to support a transit referendum that would fund increased bus service and bus rapid transit. The Greenlight Pinellas plan would also incorporate passenger rail connecting St. Pete to Clearwater.