The Transit Ridership Summary table has been updated with October, 2014 figures! If you’re new to my site, this table can be accessed and downloaded through Dropbox. Don’t have a Dropbox account? Not a problem! Anyone can access and download this file. Even then, Dropbox provides a free “basic” service for you to upload and share files to.
For those of you who may have missed my original post, I am now listing ridership figures on an Excel spreadsheet, as opposed to creating a detailed blog post every month with figures. Please note that since I am publishing figures for three transit agencies, HART, PSTA, and HRT, that there may be a delay in posting, since each agency releases ridership figures at different times.
As always, these ridership figures are obtained from publicly accessible sources, such as board meeting packets, and cannot be considered as copyrighted or proprietary.
In what has to be the best October yet, HART has reported that 1,438,947 rides were taken on board its bus system, which is the highest singular month of bus ridership in the agency’s 35-year history! October, 2014’s bus ridership (which includes local and express bus routes, as well as MetroRapid and Flex services) reflects an almost 6% increase over October, 2013, which equates to 79,183 more riders for the month!
In addition to the overall bus ridership record, MetroRapid set its own all-time high at 57,513 rides for October, 2014! Streetcar ridership was modest compared to last October, with 23,893 riders using the line, an 8.2% increase over October, 2013.
HART’s Universal Pass Agreement with the University of South Florida Tampa Campus has contributed to the increased ridership for October, with an increase of 9.5%, or 4,737 trips, over October, 2013! More stats can be found on HART’s Blogger Blog, and the full stats can be found in HART’s board meeting packet for December.
HART wasn’t alone in the good news of October, PSTA also shattered its all-time monthly record with 1,349,649 customers using its bus and paratransit services! That’s a 5.5% increase over October, 2013, and a 4.5% increase over October, 2012, when the agency set its previous all-time record!
HRT in Hampton/Norfolk, VA did better this October, with 1,561,165 customers using the system, compared to October, 2013. Although a 2.1% increase over October, 2013, the 2014 figures fell short of its records from October, 2012 by 3.7%, when 1,621,289 customers used the system. Nonetheless, HRT’s ridership continues to be very strong!
So in comparison, here’s all three agencies side by side.
HRT (Hampton/Norfolk): 1,561,165
HART (Tampa): 1,438,947
PSTA (St. Pete/Clearwater): 1,349,649