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Busloads of ‘hundreds’ planned for Aramis Ayala rally in Tallahassee

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A coalition of Civil Rights and other organizations is planning to bus hundreds of supporters to Tallahassee for a rally Thursday for Orlando’s embattled State Attorney Aramis Ayala. The “Ride For Aramis,” events will conclude with a 12:30 p.m. rally on the Duval Road steps of the Florida Capitol. Organizers, which include the NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, the 8th Amendment Project, Color of Change, Equal Justice USA, and Let Your Voice Be Heard…

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PSTA to expand Direct Connect program, Uber rides to bus stops

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Need a ride to the bus stop? Hail an Uber from anywhere in the county to a PSTA bus stop and PSTA will pick up the tab. That’s the gist of the Direct Connect program created by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to solve the problem of the so-called first mile/last mile obstacle to the use of public transportation. Agency officials say the public-private partnership is the first in the country to solve that problem. At issue is the rider’s…

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Florida authorities say 5 dead, 25 injured in Florida crash

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Five people were killed and 25 were injured when a bus carrying farmworkers collided with a tractor trailer causing both vehicles to burst into flames Saturday on a highway in the Panhandle, sheriff’s officials said. The Blue Bird bus from Georgia was carrying roughly 34 adults and children when it ran a flashing red light before hitting the tractor trailer, then spun around and hit the semi again. One of the bus passengers killed was a small child. The driver…

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PSTA employees report findings from downtown St. Pete bus users amid bus route shake up

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority employees spent weeks canvassing Williams Park and other parts of downtown St. Pete to educate bus riders on the new and updated routes coming in and out of the area. As of Feb. 14 bus stops are dispersed throughout downtown rather than being centered at Williams Park. The swap was an intentional shift from the decades-old hub system to a more modern grid system. Twenty PSTA employees responded to a survey asking how many interactions they…

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Uber partners with PSTA to get riders to bus stop

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Ride sharing company Uber is partnering with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to bridge the so-called “first-mile, last-mile” problem. Bus riders in Pinellas Park can now use the Uber ride-sharing app to hail a ride from their home or other destination to a bus stop. The program is limited to Pinellas Park and covers half of the Uber trip from point A to point B up to $3 and it can only be used to take riders to designated bus…

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PSTA officials hoping to use public input in bus improvement plan

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A series of public workshops aimed at letting bus riders have a hand in developing new routes begins this Saturday. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority officials will also be on hand to explain what will happen to downtown buses when Williams Park stops serving as the area’s transit hub on Valentine’s Day. The first meeting is Saturday at the Campbell Park Recreation Center from 12:30-2 p.m. There PSTA representatives will hear from transit users how they think the agency should best spend…

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UF reviews security improvements after NMSU bus thefts

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University of Florida police are investigating new security measures following the theft of computers and other items from a New Mexico State bus during Saturday’s football game. Maj. Brad Barber of the university police says the department reviews all crimes that occur during Florida football games and assesses where improvements can be made. The bus, which carried football staff members for NMSU, was parked outside the stadium in an area closed to vehicle traffic, but where hundreds of people were…

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