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Reaction to downtown bus changes is hit or miss

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It’s been a few days since buses ditched Williams Park and dispersed along stops throughout downtown as part of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s swap from a hub to a grid system. As expected, there is some confusion among regular riders. To combat problems with riders not knowing where to catch the bus, PSTA employees are spreading out throughout downtown to reach riders and let them know how to catch their routes now that stops aren’t congregating at Williams Park.…

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PSTA bids farewell to Williams Park with chocolates

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Bus riders still have one more day to enjoy catching a ride on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus from Williams Park in downtown St. Pete. But the agency took to the park Friday afternoon so go ahead and say its goodbye. To commemorate fifty years of bus service at the longtime hub, PSTA officials handed out 500 pieces of chocolate to thank customers – and of course, as a nod to Valentine’s Day Sunday. Valentine’s Day is the first…

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PSTA CEO Brad Miller takes to Williams Park to show riders their new stops

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Evidence that the buses will soon be gone is scattered all over Williams Park. The shelters are now missing, torn down in the middle of the night this past weekend. Signs warn riders of the impending changes. For decades the downtown St. Petersburg park has been a hub for routes in and out of the bustling core. Come Valentine’s Day, those stops will be scattered throughout downtown to make the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority route structure more of a grid…

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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 offers more free rides for students

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is now offering free rides to all Pinellas Technical College students and staff members. Any PTC student or staff member will now be permitted to ride PSTA buses for free by showing their school ID. According to PSTA, roughly 3,000 PTC students attend classes in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Sarah Crofoot is one of them. After a truck she was riding in got sideswiped by a speeding car, Crofoot had to be airlifted to the…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 9 – Transportation

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Editor’s note: As 2015 winds down, SPB is taking a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and assembled a list of the top 10 most interesting developments. Whether the news evoked outrage in the community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of the past year. No. 9 – Transportation The year 2015 started off with many St. Petersburg residents still disappointed that a Pinellas county transit referendum failed. It would have led to a more robust public transportation…

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Darden Rice sets right PSTA Sunshine Law violation

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St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice is requesting a revote in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority motion Wednesday that elected her chair of the board for 2016. PSTA Brad Miller confirmed he will honor that request. “In an abundance of caution, I am requesting PSTA CEO Brad Miller take corrective action about a probable Sunshine Law violation and call for a revote of our officers,” Rice wrote. “2016 is an exciting year for PSTA and I want to be…

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