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Darden Rice isn’t sure of a run for Congress, but a new Facebook page wants her to

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Democrats have long struggled to nab the Republican-dominated Congressional District 13 seat covering parts of Pinellas, including the deep red North County and Seminole neighborhoods. Now it seems they have an influx of talent eyeballing the seat. Eric Lynn, a former adviser to three different secretaries of defense, has already filed to run. Former Tampa City Council member and locally acclaimed progressive Mary Mulhern announced she’s definitely in. Now St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice has said she’s seriously…

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Following protest, PSTA re-issues outside bus advertisement proposal requests

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has decided to re-issue its request for bus advertisement proposals following an official protest by Direct Media, one of the companies that lost out on the initial contract award. According to the PSTA’s CEO, Brad Miller, the protest and ultimate re-issue of the request for proposals stemmed from confusion during the procurement process. “One of the issues that wasn’t clear […] was exactly […] how [the vying companies] were supposed to submit a [bid], given that we…

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More to Williams Park congestion than bus routes

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It’s around 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday, early summer. The sun’s shining down on Williams Park, in downtown St. Pete. People lie in the shaded areas of the grass on the park’s east side, their stuff next to them or under their head as a pillow. A cop car with no cop in it sits in the park’s southwest quadrant, next to an empty fountain with two city employees standing inside it, scrubbing it out. A man on the park’s…

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PSTA explores all-electric bus option

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An American company that builds all-electric transit buses rolled through Pinellas County Wednesday to court the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. PSTA employees hopped aboard Proterra’s all-electric 40-foot bus called Catalyst. The bus doesn’t look all that different than others, but it sounds a whole lot quieter and doesn’t require a drop of diesel fuel. It runs solely on electricity. Nearly a third of PSTA’s fleet currently runs diesel-hybrid buses. Those are the models the agency has been purchasing almost exclusively…

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PSTA sets fifth straight monthly ridership record

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has set its fifth monthly record in a row with more than 1.2 million rides in the month of April. PSTA users boarded buses and other transit services 1,280,595 times in the month of April. That represents a 3.8 percent increase over the same month last year, equating to nearly 50,000 more rides than the previous April. PSTA’s previous all-time ridership was 1.2 million. The agency has provided more than a million rides each month…

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