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PSTA ridership reaches all-time high
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PSTA ridership reaches all-time high

Pinellas County, Florida -- PSTA has big reason to celebrate this past year! The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority says they saw record numbers of riders -- for 14 months straight.

Officials say they were nervous the falling gas prices would hurt their 13-month streak of record boardings but, "Santa Claus didn't let us down a bit this year," according to PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher with a smile. “He brought us our 14th straight month of record ridership and he did it in a month when gas prices dropped below $3.00 a gallon.”

Early estimates indicate that the agency provided 1,128,221 rides in December, which is an 8 percent jump over December 2011 and an all-time record for the month.

Along with record setting tourism numbers and an improving economy, which typically boost ridership, PSTA introduced three new Connector routes in northern Pinellas County on Dec. 10, 2012. Officials say they are already seeing excellent numbers on the Connector services that offer new bus services to many communities that have never had transit service before and features smaller buses that can divert up to three-fourths of a mile off the regular routes.

The buses are also equipped with PSTA’s new Real Time Bus Information technology that allows people to use a computer or smartphone to know exactly when a Connector bus will arrive at their stop.

If you’d like to take advantage of PSTA’s safe, convenient, and affordable transportation, visit www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900 to plan your trip. Then, before you head out, be sure to check PSTA’s new Real Time Bus Information site at RidePSTA.net to find out exactly when your next bus will depart.

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