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Tampa Downtown Partnership adds a pair of Chevy Bolts to Tampa fleet

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The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner cycled a pair of Chevy Bolts into its all-electric fleet Wednesday, promising lightning fast access for plugged-in downtown Tampa commuters. “Adding these vehicles to the fleet will reduce wait times, support increasing ridership demand and provide riders with protection from the Florida heat via air conditioning,” said Downtowner COO Travis Gleason. The app company executive said the Bolts have enough juice to go 200 miles before they need a charge, which is more than three…

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Tampa, Jax among least energy efficient cities in America

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Whether it’s the construction of green buildings, pushing more public transit, or investing in sustainable infrastructure, the Sunshine State is practically flunking when it comes to energy efficiency. That’s according to a new scorecard by a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has issued grades to Florida’s four largest cities. Jacksonville got a 26 out of 100 for efficiency. That puts it 40th out of the 51 cities surveyed. Tampa’s at 42, with an even lower score of 25,…

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PSTA makes major addition to hybrid bus fleet

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Thirteen new hybrid-electric buses have begun to arrive at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority‘s North St. Petersburg headquarters. “Smartbuses,” as they’re called, will be replacing the 13 oldest diesel buses now used by the PSTA. The new addition brings the PSTA hybrid-bus-count up to 61, which equates to 30 percent of the entire Pinellas County public bus fleet — which is valued at more than $37 million. “This is the healthiest fleet we have ever had,” said Henry Lukasik, PSTA…

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Survey shows Pinellas residents mostly content

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Results of Pinellas County’s annual study of citizen values shows signs of improvement. Sarah Lindemuth, senior research director with HCP & Associates, presented results from the phone survey to commissioners during their March 24 meeting. The survey took place Jan. 26-Feb. 11. Calls were made to 200 citizens in four demographic areas -– north, mid, south and the beaches. The goal of the phone study, as well as a second study conducted online, is to “measure citizen expectations and perceptions…

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If you care about Williams Park — and downtown St. Pete — you need to attend Tuesday’s PSTA mtg.

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PSTA is partnering with the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of St. Petersburg to develop a long-range plan to make public transit in St. Petersburg even more convenient. The city will hold a public meeting to tell you about proposed sites for a new, modern, efficient, intermodal transit transfer center which would replace the current Williams Park location. Comments from the public are welcome. As Marilyn Olsen, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association writes, “One of…

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