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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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State transportation agency names Patti Johnson elected official of year

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The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged has named Pinellas Park City Council member Patti Johnson elected official of the year for 2016. The honor goes to the local, state, and/or federal elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. This official, the CTD says, has supported his or her constituents by working to ensure mobility options remain available to those who depend on them. This elected official has demonstrated a commitment to assisting individuals maintain independence and…

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Patti Johnson named a finalist for Transportation Disadvantaged’s elected official of the year

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Pinellas Park council member Patti Johnson has been named a finalist for the title of 2016 Elected Official of the Year. The award is given annually by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The winner will be named Dec. 14 at a banquet in Jacksonville. The award is designed to recognize an elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. The winner will be someone who has worked to ensure mobility options remain available…

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PSTA sets its legislative wish list

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It’s the time of year when everyone seems to be making a list, from shopping lists to wish lists. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is no different. Members unanimously adopted their four-item wish list at Wednesday’s meeting. But, in this case, they want the State Legislature to be generous. No. 1 on their wish list for the upcoming state Legislative Session: A letter of support from legislators to the Florida Department of Transportation asking that the state agency include funding…

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Pinellas County to hold Veterans Day tribute in Clearwater on Saturday

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Veterans Day is officially Friday, but Pinellas County has scheduled Saturday for its celebration. Pinellas County Veterans Services is partnering with the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance to pay tribute to veterans and active duty personnel on Nov. 12 at the newly-dedicated Florida Veterans Memorial Plaza at Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave. (at Lake Dr. and Gulf-to-Bay) in Clearwater. The pageantry and full ceremony begin at 10 a.m., followed by lively musical entertainment at 11 a.m. The ceremonial program includes drill team…

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David Jolly announces federal grant for PSTA-Lyft partnership for disabled bus riders

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will receive a $500,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for a pilot program to provide “real time” transportation to disabled customers so they can get to work, the doctor, and other necessary places. “This is a great day for Pinellas County, but an even greater day for the residents of Pinellas County” who will use the service, U.S. Rep. David Jolly said in announcing the award. Jolly, a Republican who represents Florida’s 13th Congressional…

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Partnerships with Uber, others could be future of public transportation

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If partnerships are key to the future of public transportation, three Florida communities are already ahead of the curve. Officials with Altamonte Springs, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit authority highlighted their efforts to partner with private transportation companies during the 2016 Building Florida’s Future symposium Thursday. The partnerships, with both Uber and local cab companies, have helped their communities ease congestion, fill transportation gaps and give users more options. But they’ve also pushed local leaders to…

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