Palm Tran’s ridership for 2010 sets several records
Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation agency, demonstrated consistent ridership gains for fiscal year 2010, setting several fixed-route ridership records, according to officials of the transportation authority.
Annual ridership increased by more than 300,000 passenger trips from the previous year, as Palm Tran set a new record of 10,319,218 passengers, a 3.1 percent growth rate. Average weekday passenger trips set a monthly record of 37,737 in September, beating the previous record by more than 1,000. Average annual daily weekday ridership in FY-2010 also increased by 3.5 percent, establishing a new record.
Nationally, public bus systems are reporting declines in the number of annual passenger trips, but this has not been the case in Palm Beach County. Palm Tran has been able to maintain high service levels through the support of the Board of County Commissioners and the work of the Palm Tran Service Board (PTSB).
“I have watched Palm Tran and Palm Tran Connection grow by leaps and bounds,” said County Commission Chairman Burt Aaronson. “I am very proud of what we have achieved.”
In each of the past two years, Palm Tran has carried more than 10 million passengers, the third time in the agency’s history. Officials at Palm Tran said Palm Beach County recognizes the importance of providing reliable and affordable public transportation for its residents