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PSTA program to provide free Uber, taxi rides to second, third shift workers

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Low-income residents on late shifts could get free transportation to and from work under a pilot program unveiled Wednesday by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The TD Late Shift program is a partnership between the PSTA, Uber and United Taxi. The program, funded by a $300,000 grant from the state Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, could affect up to 6,000 Pinellas workers, PSTA officials said. The goal of the year-long pilot is to develop a model that can be replicated…

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PSTA, Uber to announce new partnership

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Earlier this year, the agency that oversees the bus system in Pinellas announced a pilot partnership with Uber that was designed to get people to bus stops. Now, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is prepared to expand that service and to announce another project with Uber. The new program and details of the expanded project will be made at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday as the closing event of the Floridians for Better Transportation Annual Conference at the Don Cesar Beach Resort on St.…

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PSTA to buy hybrid buses and maybe two electrics

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board agreed Wednesday to buy five hybrid buses next year to replace aging diesel models. But two of those buses could become electric if the county decides to use about $590,000 of the $7.1 million it received from the BP settlement to fund a charging station for electric buses. If that happens, the PSTA will buy three hybrids and two electrics, which would be used in a pilot program to see if electric buses are…

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RSA Consulting, Suskey Consulting tapped to lobby for PSTA

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Members of the board that oversees Pinellas transportation voted Wednesday to hire Alan Suskey and RSA Consulting to represent the county’s transit authority before the Florida Legislature. The vote was unanimous, with Ben Diamond abstaining. Diamond is running for the state House District 68 seat and wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety should he win. Staff members of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority had recommended that board members hire RSA and Suskey for a three-year contract with two one-year…

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Ken Welch is “fairly optimistic” electric buses will be in St. Pete next year

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Members of the board that oversees Pinellas’ bus system are split when it comes to deciding what kind of buses to buy. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller has proposed buying five new buses to replace worn out buses in the system’s fleet. The five buses would be the first of 70 buses the PSTA plans to buy over the next five years. Under Miller’s proposal, the five new buses would be diesel unless funding is found to install…

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Janet Long pre-qualifies for Pinellas County commission race

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Janet Long has pre-qualified in her quest for a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. To pre-qualify, Long wrote a check for $5,653.20. Long, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the District 1 at-large commission seat, which is elected countywide. Republican Martin Hughes, a Republican, has announced he will run against her. Long was elected to the commission in 2012. Before that, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. She was a Seminole City…

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RSA Consulting, Alan Suskey likely to be next PSTA lobbyists

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A committee for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has recommended that RSA Consulting Group become the next state lobbyist for the county’s bus system. But the proposed deal comes with a string attached: Lobbyist Alan Suskey must be part of the contract. For the two — RSA and Suskey — the PSTA will pay up to $7,500 a month or no more than $90,000 annually. The contract will last for three years and will have two one-year extensions. The proposed contract is expected to…

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