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State won’t fund PSTA’s $1 million BRT study

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A $1 million ask by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will not be funded in the state’s 2015 budget. The Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night, but it did not include proposed funding for a Bus Rapid Transit study for a Central Avenue route connecting downtown St. Pete and the beaches. “PSTA representatives heard very positive feedback and 100 percent support from our Pinellas delegation, and our agency will keep working to find funding for BRT in…

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PSTA staffers to dress up like a gas pump and get dunked to support transit

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Tuesday is National Dump the Pump Day. Traditionally that means local transit agencies would encourage residents to use public transit instead of their cars for the day. That’s what the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is doing. Sort of. PSTA is teaming up with Ferg’s to celebrate the day with a “Dunk the Pump” event at Ferg’s sports bar across from Tropicana Field. PSTA officials and staff members will dress up like a gas pump, sit in a dunk tank and…

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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…

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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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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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