Updates coming to the Tampa Bay portal

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been able to make any substantial updates to my site due in large part to personal obligations and my day job. However, in the next few weeks, I am going to be working on my sections dedicated to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT), and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT). This will be followed by my Northern Tampa Bay page, which will cover Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT), Hernando THEbus, and Citrus County Transit. I hope to be able to have these updates finished by the end of June.

These updates are in addition to updates I’ve made with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) pages (specifically the HART Flex and MetroRapid pages), and the Alternative Fuels Portal (by which I added a small section on the BYD E-Bus that has been roaming around Washington State). Later in the summer (July/August), I plan to make further updates to my Hampton Roads and Europe Transports portals. Of course, all of these updates are subject to change if things in the real world don’t go to plan.

Upcoming updates to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority section

Specific to the PSTA portal will be the following sections:

  • Bus Route List: Just like my comprihensive bus route list for HART and MCAT, I will make a very similar list for PSTA. The master list will likely be grouped by type of mode (like the HART list is currently setup) and will include local, express, trolleybus, and Flex routes, along with points of interest along each route.
  • Information of PSTA’s bus fleet: My planned bus fleet page will be structured similarly to the pages I’ve created for HART’s bus fleet. However, the Retired Buses sub-section will not be created until a much later point, simply because outside of the few fleets of Flxible New Look, GMC RTS, New Flyer, and older model Gillig buses (though I have heard a bit about a small Orion I fleet existing also), I really don’t know what other buses that PSTA had previously. This is where you can help! If you have any information and/or photos of old/retired PSTA buses, please drop me a line through the Contact page! You will be credited on my Kudos Page!
  • Comprihensive pages on PSTA Trolleybus and Connector (Flex) services: Since PSTA operates and supports several trolleybus lines within Pinellas County, I will be creating a separate, dedicated page to talk about these services. The page will include information regarding the Suncoast Beach Trolley and the Central Ave Trolley, which PSTA fully operates, as well as the St. Pete Downtown “Looper” and the Clearwater Jolley Trolley, which are operated and funded by their respective municipalities, but recieve a portion of funding and support from PSTA. I will also have a comprihensive page dedicated to the PSTA Connector, a flex van service that operates in northern Pinellas County, on the same model as HART Flex.

While I am creating these pages, you may notice on the navigational bar that these pages are already listed. However, these pages are only being used as menu placeholders and clicking one of these links will lead you to a page that notes that the section is currently under construction.

Updates to other transit district pages in the Tampa Bay Portal

Pages for MCAT and SCAT will recieve similar treatment to that of the PSTA portal (with comprihensive bus route lists). The Northern Tampa Bay page will remain as one page, with horozontal lines on the page separating the three districts from each other. All sections will have practical information such as fares.

Hampton Roads Portal Updates

Details regarding updates to the Hampton Roads section will be announced in a later post, but will include a comprihensive bus route list, among other improvements.

A more immediate update to the Virginia Beach WAVE page will be arriving as soon as Monday, April 28, as VB WAVE Route 30 service is slated to begin for the summer season on Thursday, May 1. Route 31 and 32 services will commence on Sunday, May 18.

A blog post concerning July service changes will be posted as soon as the fate of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Routes 16 and 17 are determined. As I outlined in a previous post, both routes are slated for elimination by HRT, as the city of Norfolk is intending to pull funding for both routes. Riders have spoken against the elimination of Route 16 at two recent public hearings.

Europe Transports Portal Updates

Details regarding updates to the European Transports section will also be announced in a later post.

With all of this said, enjoy your Sunday!

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Blogging about public transit in Tampa, FL, Norfolk, VA, and beyond!

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