A new record was set for the number of bus passenger trips on the Metropolitan Transit System in San Diego, the agency announced Wednesday.
In the fiscal year ended June 30, 55.5 million bus trips were taken, 800,000 more than the previous record, set in 2009, according to the MTS.
The number of trips was 5.2 percent higher than the previous fiscal year.
On the trolley, 32.7 million passenger trips were taken, an increase of 3.4 percent over last year, the MTS reported.
The combined 88.2 million trips was the third highest on record.
“These high ridership numbers demonstrate just how many people depend on public transportation services,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of MTS.
“High gas prices and an improving economy help push riders to our system, but I also attribute our success to our efforts to concentrate our services on where people need them the most.”
The previous high for ridership of buses and trolleys combined was in 2009, with 91.6 million trips.
Jablonski said the agency planned to expand bus service in September, restoring routes and frequencies cut three years ago because of declining budgets.