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PSTA to purchase pair of electric buses

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority voted 9-5 Wednesday to buy two electric buses. The cost of the new vehicles comes in at about $2.2 million, with each bus costing $840,000 and the charging equipment and infrastructure making up the rest of the outlay, though the contract allows the PSTA to order up to 20 more buses if funds become available. Los Angeles-based manufacturer BYD, which bills itself as the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, won out against bids from fellow manufacturers…

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PSTA earns high marks for customer satisfaction

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is outperforming the national transit industry in customer satisfaction by 20 points. Pinellas County’s public transit agency released results from a recent customer satisfaction survey of more than 500 riders after a board meeting Wednesday. Responses to survey questions asked throughout various parts of the day and on all PSTA routes were high. The agency earned a Net Promoter Score of 32 percent, which is higher than the national average by 20 percent. The score…

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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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St. Pete City Council unanimously on board with removing bus stops from Williams Park

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St. Pete City Council voiced its unanimous support for changes to bus routes in downtown that would eliminate the current hub of bus stops cluttering Williams Park. A new proposed route system is planned to kickoff on Valentine’s Day that would instead create a grid system spreading bus stops out throughout downtown rather than having them all pour in to one spot. Williams Park has served as a transit hub for more than 50 years. Officials have been trying to…

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