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City of St. Pete Beach debating proposed PSTA Bus Rapid Transit to beaches

Posted at 5:39 AM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 17:18:48-04

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — The City Commission of St. Pete Beach will be discussing whether or not they support the Pinellas County's NEW Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project linking downtown St. Petersburg to the county's beaches.

There is a workshop on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4 p.m. where the city commission is asking people to attend to learn details about the project and make their voices heard.

PSTA & St. Pete Beach BRT Workshop

St. Pete City Hall

155 Corey Ave

St Pete Beach, FL 33706

This faster service, along with train-like vehicles and free WiFi, is projected to attract large numbers of new riders looking for a money-saving, car-free option, according to PSTA.

It's also set to offer an unprecedented affordable commute option for the 50,000 jobs that are located within a half mile of the project corridor, according to PSTA.

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The BRT is the very first transit project of its kind in the Tampa Bay region to advance in the Federal Transit Administration Capital Investment Grants Program.

It is also the first leg of a much larger, regional BRT network now being developed with other transit agencies and planning organizations throughout the region, according to PSTA.

The City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Rays and many more local organizations and agencies already support the project.

No official action is being taken on Wednesday on whether to support the BRT Project, but discussion is expected, according to the CIty of St. Pete Beach.