Tri-Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

It seems public transportation has a future in South Florida. On National Dump the Pump Day 2011, Tri-Rail carried more passengers than on any other day in its 22-year history.

National Dump the Pump Day was on June 16 and couldn’t come at a better time amidst the soaring gas prices and tourist season traffic. It’s no wonder South Floridians jumped at the chance, or in this case, on the train, to save a little money and have someone else drive them around.

On that day only, riders were permitted to ride the Tri-Rail free of charge. A record 19,731 trips were logged, breaking the previous record by more than 1,000 riders. The previous record was set on the day of the Miami Heat victory parade in 2006.

“The overwhelming turnout yesterday is a strong indicator that people are willing to explore new options for getting around the region,” said Bonnie Arnold, Director of Marketing and Customer Service for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, in a news release on June 17. “It was especially encouraging to see so many young people on the trains, because the earlier in life that they discover there are alternatives to driving, the more likely they are to use them.”

Dump the Pump Day was created by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) six years ago as a means to encourage people to leave their vehicles at home for a day and use public transportation for their commute instead. As gas prices have climbed, it has become increasingly more successful each year. This year, more than 107 systems from across the country participated in the effort.

 Tri Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records

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