Port Authority Ridership Sees Six-Year High

Officials say the 1.95 percent increase is opposite a national trend

Shelby Cassesse
February 04, 2019 - 1:25 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Port Authority ridership spiked nearly two percent in 2018, with its highest numbers in seven years.

Despite light rail, Monongahela Incline, and paratransit ridership decreasing, the Port Authority saw an additional 1.2 million riders totaling 64,221,728. 

Port Authority spokesperson Adam Brandolph says officials are still trying to determine what exactly led to the increase, but bus ridership showed the greatest spike in numbers.

"We saw an increased ridership on about 75 percent of our bus routes. We operate about 100 routes throughout Allegheny County, so 75 of those routes."

In particular, busses saw an additional 1.7 million riders for a 3.3 percent increase. 

The increase is the first since 2015, and Brandolph says the Port Authority numbers are headed in the opposite direction of national totals. 

"Through the third quarter of 2018, the American Public Transportation Association was showing a two percent decline in public transit trips nationwide, so we certainly are bucking that national trend." 

The total amount of riders in 2018 was the highest for the Port Authority since 2012.