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PSTA sets its legislative wish list

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It’s the time of year when everyone seems to be making a list, from shopping lists to wish lists.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is no different. Members unanimously adopted their four-item wish list at Wednesday’s meeting. But, in this case, they want the State Legislature to be generous.

No. 1 on their wish list for the upcoming state Legislative Session: A letter of support from legislators to the Florida Department of Transportation asking that the state agency include funding for express bus service from Clearwater Beach to Tampa International Airport. The service is expected to be provided by a private company at an estimated cost of about $2.1 million a year.

No. 2: State support for transportation disadvantaged programs in urban areas. The PSTA is urging the Legislature to increase transportation disadvantaged grants to urban counties like Pinellas so the neediest can get to the jobs and services they need to be productive members of the community.

No. 3: The Clearwater Beach Way. The PSTA is asking for $1 million for updating a previous study and preliminary design of the raised median on the Memorial Causeway Bridge that would convert the raised median to a one-way reversible bus lane. The goal is to Improve the efficiency of existing services, especially during tourist season, and to allow future services to benefit from congestion-free travel.

No. 4: Approve an agreement between PSTA and HART, the Hillsborough County transit authority, to collaborate and coordinate to create regional transportation plans.

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