Published On: Mon, Oct 11th, 2021

Tri-Rail Has One of the Best Pandemic Recoveries Among All US Commuter Rails

Steven Abrama SFRTA Executive Director

County Commissioner Robert S Weinroth wants residents of the tri-county area to know the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) has had much to celebrate lately, despite a year (and a half) of living through a worldwide pandemic and all of the effects that came along with it.

The agency’s Tri-Rail service was reported to have the second highest ridership recovery among commuter railroads in the U.S., per the American Public Transportation Association’s Public Transportation Ridership Report for First Quarter 2021, and since then continues to show one of the biggest percentage ridership increases in the nation. 

“We are the comeback kid,” said Steven Abrams, SFRTA Executive Director. “August numbers show we have more than half of riders back onboard Tri-Rail on weekdays and over 60% on weekends.” Tri-Rail ridership plummeted 80% when the pandemic hit, but trains are now transporting more than 8000 riders regularly. The agency reached 9,000+ passengers for the first time since March 2020 on September 1, 2021.

Tri-Rail recently celebrated reaching 100 million passengers served on July 9, 2021, after 32 ½ years of service. One indicator that has certainly helped attract more riders is the train system’s recent on-time performance (OTP), reported at 96.76% in August 2021. This is the highest OTP reported in the agency’s history, surpassing the previous record set in July 2019 at 96.64%.

“Our success in surviving the pandemic is due to the support of our loyal riders, our dedicated staff, and the greater community,” said Abrams. “Tri-Rail enables thousands of workers and students to safely and affordably get to work and school and takes cars off the road for everyone else,” Abrams added. “That is why we take our mission so seriously and look forward to continuing to be an asset to South Florida’s residents and visitors.”

About the Author

Robert Weinroth - Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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