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PSTA Breaks Ground at Clearwater Beach

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), St. Petersburg, FL, recently broke ground for a new transit center on Clearwater Beach, which will provide improved transportation connections on four PSTA routes with a bus bay, covered pedestrian waiting areas and pickup/drop-off areas.

“This new transit center brings important benefits to both visitors and beach employees,” said PSTA Chief Executive Officer Brad Miller. “Rather than make multiple bus and trolley transfers, everyone now can get a car-free ride directly to where they want to go, the beach, without having to find or pay for a parking spot. Longer term, this transit center is a key foundation block to a future with an express service to the Tampa International Airport, maybe in an express lane over the causeway bridge.”

When the center opens in spring 2018, it will introduce the county’s first queue-jump signal prioritization, which will allow buses to pull ahead of traffic to shorten travel times.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos noted “the economic growth that stems from having strong public transportation in any community” and called the new transit center “an investment in Clearwater and an investment in the hundreds of thousands of visitors who are attracted every year to Clearwater Beach.” The city contributed $250,000 toward the capital construction cost of the center and to provide ongoing maintenance, with PSTA’s capital reserves funding the remaining cost.

PSTA CEO Brad Miller, third from right, and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, fifth from right, join city and county officials and other participants in ground-breaking ceremonies for the Clearwater Beach Transit Center.

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