MetroRapid fuels ridership gains

MetroRapid_logoMetroRapid North-South bus service has proven to be a success. The service began full operations on June 10. In August, less than 90 days from its launch, HART announced that the area’s first rapid transit bus line has exceeded ridership expectations.
Since opening, MetroRapid ridership has nearly doubled – averaging 1,929 daily riders in June – with the numbers still growing. HART anticipates a surge of riders as students resume their schedules at Hillsborough County Schools and the University of South Florida.

“This type of success and ridership gain is a continued testimony to the value that HART brings to Hillsborough County,” remarked HART Chief Executive Officer Philip Hale. “We hear all the time that people want more transit service and this is being demonstrated by more people taking advantage of the affordable cost and convenience of our service.”

Overall bus ridership was 1,116,000 trips during the month of June, a 1.3 percent increase over June 2012. June 3 saw the greatest daily ridership throughout the month with 53,195 riders choosing HART!

Year-to-date (October 2012 – June 2013), bus ridership is up 2.6 percent; an increase of 277,894 trips, compared to the same period last year. Bus ridership for fiscal year 2013 is on its way to surpassing 14.2 million from last year. HART is on track for exceeding its annual target for ridership with approximately 14.5 million riders this year, which would be the fourth straight year of record ridership for HART.

“This type of ridership gain is a continued testimony to the value that HART brings to Hillsborough County,” explained Mr. Hale. “We’ve had a great opportunity to introduce new customers to the system, and we are pleased that more people are taking advantage of the affordable cost and convenience of our service.”

Information courtesy of HART. For more information, visit goHART.org/MetroRapid.

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