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New bus rapid transit from downtown St. Pete to the beach to be called 'SunRunner'

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 20:12:14-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The first of its kind bus rapid transit system in the Tampa Bay area now has a new name and look.

Wednesday, PSTA unveiled the name and branding of the new bus system that will quickly link downtown St. Petersburg to St. Pete Beach.

The "SunRunner" will use dedicated bus lanes and limited stops along the way, cutting time to get across town to around 30 minutes.

The SunRunner's design is made by a local artist.

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The bus system will allow residents and tourists to easily enjoy the beaches and downtown St. Pete without the traffic. But leaders say its main purpose is so people will have better transportation to work.

"People don’t have to spend two or three hours taking two of three buses to get to a job. They’ll be able to spend 30 minutes getting to a job, and that’s significant," said Darryl Rouson, Florida Senator District 19.

Groundbreaking on the SunRunner bus rapid transit system is expected to begin next month and take 18 months to complete, with a completion date in early 2022.