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PSTA is handing out a limited number of free summer bus passes for kids

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Want a free way to make sure your kid has a ride to every social function packing his/her summer calendar? It might take a little work, but the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is giving away free summer bus passes for kids at places throughout the county this week.

PSTA staffers have already handed out one pass at the Park Place movie theater in Pinellas Park. Wednesday afternoon they’ll hand out another to whoever finds the staffer first at the Largo Skate Park somewhere around 3 p.m.

The PSTA marketing crew is promoting its “Summer Haul Pass” for youth 18 and younger. The pass is $35 for kids and is valid through summer vacation. PSTA has dubbed it a way for parents to make sure their kids have a ride without bugging mom and dad.

PSTA will post clues about its whereabouts throughout the week on social media. PSTA’s twitter page has photos and clues. The free passes go to the first person to find the staff member.

PSTA is only giving away a total of six passes – one per location.

A staff member will be at Tyrone Square Mall Thursday at 1 and Sundial in downtown St. Pete at 3. Friday they’ll be handing out two more tickets. One will go to someone at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach at 1 and the other at 3 at Countryside Mall.

For those who don’t want to pal around town looking for a freebie, the passes can be purchased on the PSTA website or at any terminal where tickets are sold.

Kids using the pass need to have either a government-issued ID card, middle or high school ID or a PSTA Youth ID card.

The pass covers most routes throughout the county, but does not include the 100x and 300x routes to Tampa.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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