Despite declining gas prices, more and more people are boarding buses in Hillsborough County, elevating ridership numbers to record levels this month.
For the first time HART provided 1,359,764 passenger trips in one month, which is roughly a 1.8 percent increase over October 2012.
“The ultimate endorsement of our service is that so many people choose to ride with us,” said HART Chief Executive Officer Philip Hale.”We are pleased that more people are taking advantage of the affordable cost and convenience of our service.”
October 2013 ridership marked 23,535 more trips than the same month last year.
October 2013 topped the previous monthly record set October 2012 as the highest month for bus ridership in HART history.
MetroRapid ridership in October was 55,010.
October 3 saw the 2nd best day on record for daily ridership throughout the month with 58,292 riders choosing HART.
In addition, new service enhancements rolling out November 17 significantly enhance night and weekend service and were only possible through a healthy balanced budget and savings.
No rerouting or route adjustments had to be made, and current service levels were all maintained while HART concentrates on innovative ways to further increase ridership and provide additional enhancements. Summary of Service Changes:
* New Late Night Service: Routes 2, 6 and 30 will run until midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
* New Weekend Service: Route 14 and 57 will operate on Saturday.
Route 37will operate on Sunday.
* Schedule Improvements: Earlier service on Route 2 weekdays. Route 6 will run more frequently midday during the week. Route 5 service extended by two hours on weekends and until midnight on weekdays.
* The last weekday trips on Route 2, 6 and 12 will end at Marion Transit Center.
* Route 4 and 47LX will have a small schedule adjustment.
Throughout the year, HART planners assess route productivity and update bus routes every spring, summer and fall based on improving safety and efficiency, ridership demands and trends, and customer feedback. Routes were picked based upon demonstrated ridership and input via the Customer Service database.