DATE: December 17, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Doris Williams, Broward County Transit Division
Starting off Fiscal Year 2013 (from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013), Broward County Transit (BCT) is reporting a 10 percent increase in ridership for the month of October 2012, with 3,793,146 passenger trips compared to 3,449,219 in October 2011. These passenger trips include fixed-route, community bus and Paratransit (TOPS) services.
Fixed-route ridership had an increase of 9.5 percent with 3,492,579 passenger trips compared to 3,190,208 in October 2011. According to historical records, this increase was the second highest ridership month in BCT history. The all-time ridership record month was set in March 2006 with 3,541,645 fixed-route passenger trips.
The increase can be attributed to several factors, including the new 95 Express Service from Westgate Square in Sunrise to the Miami Civic Center, upward ridership trends, the uniqueness of October 2012 having the maximum number of weekdays in a calendar month and no holiday service days.
Community Bus Service, which operates as a partnership between BCT and nearly 20 local municipalities, experienced a significant monthly ridership increase of 18.7 percent in October 2012, with 238,154 passenger trips compared to 200,577 passenger trips during the same period last year.
“We are pleased that our ridership has increased and that we are able to provide affordable, convenient transportation options to our riders during these difficult economic times. Public demand for public transit continues to grow,” said Tim Garling, director of Broward County Transit.
To review the October 2012 ridership report, visit broward.org/bct, click FACTS AND DATA. For more information on Broward County Transit, call 954-357-8400 (TTY 954-357-8302).