The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) recently announced that Tri-Rail recorded a calendar year ridership record in 2019 with 4,495,039 passengers, which is a 1.8% increase from the previous year.
SFRTA attributes the ridership increase to “the system’s improvement on service, with a banner year of more than 90% on-time performance (OTP) in 2019, including the highest OTP month in its history in July with 96.64%. This has been a result of an aggressive focus on improvements replacing miles of rail on the corridor that removed several slow orders.”
Tri-Rail operates 50 trains on weekdays and 30 trains on weekends and holidays. The system operates hourly during off-peak times and weekends, and 20- and 30-minute headways during weekday peak times.
“This record achievement underscores the growing need for the reliable and economical service that Tri-Rail provides,” said Steven L. Abrams, SFRTA Executive Director. “People in South Florida are appreciating more and more the role that public transportation plays in their lives. Whether it’s to get to work or school, leisure travel, or just getting from one point to the next while avoiding highway traffic, mobility is being appreciated today more than ever.”
“This was a great way to finish Tri-Rail’s 30th anniversary year but as it is my first year on the job, I feel this is just the beginning and I look forward to continuing this trend,” added Abrams. “We thank our passengers, supporters and staff for their part in this achievement.”