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PSTA to purchase pair of electric buses

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority voted 9-5 Wednesday to buy two electric buses. The cost of the new vehicles comes in at about $2.2 million, with each bus costing $840,000 and the charging equipment and infrastructure making up the rest of the outlay, though the contract allows the PSTA to order up to 20 more buses if funds become available. Los Angeles-based manufacturer BYD, which bills itself as the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, won out against bids from fellow manufacturers…

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County commission approves BP spending list that includes ‘love letter to Pinellas’

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Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a list of projects that will be funded by about $7.07 million of BP settlement monies. Among the 30 projects: $1 million each for sewer lining/sewer/stormwater capacity/upgrades and affordable housing. Other projects include $150,000 for a metro wellness center, $294,000 for land preparation for a Palm Harbor recreation center, and $250,000 for a pedestrian-bicycle bridge at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor. Commissioners also approved $500,000 for “arts support.” The exact form that might take is…

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Activists take crusade for electric buses to Pinellas County commissioners

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Members of the board that oversees public transportation in Pinellas agreed last week to buy two electric buses for a pilot program, if the county commission decides to purchase a charging station for the vehicles. Now activists who once targeted the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have set their sights on Pinellas County commissioners. The immediate goal: Convince commissioners to agree to spend about $590,000 of the $7.1 million it received from the BP oil spill settlement for the charging station. The…

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PSTA’s 4th electric bus demo shows commitment to clean transit

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is pushing hard for all-electric buses. For the fourth time, the agency held an electric bus demonstration at its headquarters. “If they keep building them, we will keep bringing them here,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. “Any one of the electric buses that we have demonstrated here at PSTA could have a place somewhere in our system.” The buses run clean with zero emissions and run quiet. They’re equipped with all the same amenities as…

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PSTA grant application could pave the way for electric buses

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials are hoping to secure a federal grant that would help pay for nine all-electric buses. The agency is submitting a “lo-no” grant application to the Federal Transit Administration later this week. “Lo-no” stands for low or no emission vehicle. The grant would also pay for charging stations to support running the buses on two of the county’s smaller routes. Those include Route 32, which serves as the downtown St. Pete circular and Route 11 running…

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How PSTA learned to stop worrying and love the hybrid

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Seven new hybrid diesel-electric buses will be cruising around Pinellas County next year. PSTA board members approved the purchase — which will cost the PSTA no more than $4.9 million — at their Oct. 28 meeting. It falls under the board’s long-term bus replacement strategy, which aims to replace 13 old buses per year with newer, more fiscally and environmentally sound buses. However, the decision for board members wasn’t an easy one. After holding off on the vote for two…

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