Monday, January 12, 2015

HART sees big ridership growth in December

HART ridership continued to be strong in December with 1.27 million boardings, an increase of 5.7 percent from last year. Fiscal year to date ridership is 4.1 percent ahead of the same period last year with HART on track to exceed over 15 million boardings in FY2015. All this, while gas prices are the lowest in six years!

The most recent ridership report shows total passenger trips for December reached
1,272,735. That's 69,006 more riders choosing HART to get around Hillsborough County in December 2014 compared to the same month last year.
2014 was a critical year for HART with record ridership, further recognition of its innovative transit system and new community partnerships. Ridership gains and system improvements continue to be fueled by efforts to position HART as a better way to travel around Hillsborough County.
"Just as our current passengers are using our service more, we continue to attract new passengers with service and amenities that are increasingly relevant and attractive," said HART Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan. "Public transit in Hillsborough County continues to improve, and I encourage people who haven't been on a bus lately to give it a try."
Fast facts: 
  • December 3 saw the greatest daily ridership throughout the month with 58,662 riders picking HART! 
  • 14 days exceeded 50,000 riders.
  • MetroRapid ridership was 49,584 up 8.3 percent from December 2013 and up 2.8 percent (149,506) for the year.
  • Year-to-date (FY2014 vs. FY2015), bus ridership is up 4.1 percent; an increase of 155,170 trips compared to the same period last year.
The following routes are our highest percentage gainers so far in FY2015,* showing that added investment in public transit pays off with more riders:   
  • Route 46 (Downtown Tampa/Brandon via Causeway Blvd.): +140.5 percent increase (Removed from Davis Islands and extended in Brandon to Dover Rd. + midday service added.) 
  • Route 57 (UATC/Temple Terrace/Netp@rk Transfer Center via Temple Temple Terrace): +25.4 percent increase (Saturday service added)
  • Route 37 (Brandon/Netp@rk Transfer Center via Grand Regency Plaza): +17.5 percent increase (Sunday service added)
  • Route 6 (Downtown Tampa to University Area Transit Center via 56th St.): +14.6 percent increase (Frequency increased in the midday from 30 to 20 minutes)
(*Each of these routes were enhanced in FY2014.)

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  1. Hopefully people will continue to use this great service and reduce the number of cars on the road.

  2. I am glad to hear of these positive results! I really want to see public transit work in the Tampa Bay Area, and I think as these results continue to improve, people will be more willing to invest in public transit.

    KRL Group FL

  3. I wonder how the lowering of gas prices will affect ridership. It will be interesting to see the trend going forward.


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