Wednesday, June 4, 2008

STA Sets Ridership Record

Numbers released yesterday show that Spokane Transit Authority broke its monthly passenger record last month.

May's ridership on the regular, fixed-route buses was 980,616. That beat the previous record, set in April, by more than 5,000 riders.

The number continues STA's upward trend. Last year, STA gave 9.4 million rides on fixed routes – a 12 percent rise from the year before. The service has experienced ridership increases every month this year compared to the same months in 2007.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.