Public Invited to Seminole Library for Second PSTA Workshop

The Seminole meeting is TODAY at 2:30pm.

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is holding the second of four public workshops today at the Seminole Library, 9200 113th Street North, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions and receive feedback on the first phase of a proposed service redesign.

Nearly twenty people attended the first workshop at the East Lake Library yesterday to learn more about the service redesign that will focus on the lowest performing routes in the system: 1, 18, 30, 58, 444, and the East Lake Connector.

There is no tentative schedule for the workshops and no formal presentation will be made. Attendees are encouraged however to walk around freely to meet with PSTA staff for a more personal interaction.

Those unable to attend are encouraged to send comments to engage@psta.net.

DateLocationsAffected Route(s)Time of DayRoutes Serving Venue
8/11/15Seminole Library: 9200 113th

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PSTA to discuss route reshuffling

As a direct result of the failure of Greenlight Pinellas, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has been exploring ways to keep its existing system running while trimming down under-performing routes and cutting expenses. In the coming weeks, PSTA officials will be talking with Pinellas County residents about revising or eliminating lower ridership bus routes, as well as planned fare structure changes.

Moving on a Path Forward

PSTA’s “Path Forward” plan comprises of ten phases over the course of three years and is structured with current “status quo” funding parameters in mind. With the chances of another sales tax referendum being extremely slim to none prior to 2020, and state and federal transit funding in limbo; PSTA is doing whatever it can to keep existing bus services and routes in place. However, sustaining existing services with limited funding will not be easy without some service cuts.

For the first phase of “Path Forward”, PSTA is examining either revising or eliminating the following low ridership bus routes:

Route 1 – Tyrone Square to Gateway (Currently runs Monday through Saturday with limited trips)

Route 18 – St. Petersburg to Clearwater via Seminole Blvd (Currently runs 7-days a week)

Route 30 – 30th Ave N (Currently runs Monday through Saturday with limited trips)

Route 58 – CR 296 (Currently runs Monday through Friday with limited trips)

Route 444 – Pinellas Park Shuttle (Limited Trips)

East Lake Shuttle – Limited Shuttle Service (Operates similar to Flex/Connector Routes)

East Lake Flex Connector – Part of the North County Connector system

My recommendations for the above routes

If PSTA wants to make any of these corridors worthwhile, I would suggest the following:

First, eliminate Routes 1 and 30 and replace them with a Flex/Connector zone that can better serve area residents through the use of cutaway vans instead of traditional transit buses. Those buses can then be distributed to other routes that are in need of expansion.

Second, convert Route 58 into a peak-only commuter route, running bi-directional between 5:30am and 9:00am, and then again between 3:30pm and 7:00pm.

Third, reduce weekday peak headways on Route 58 from 20 minutes to 30 minutes, and re-evaluate the routing and also time points (For example, I have to question whether this route really needs to go all the way to Williams Park, or if it can be truncated to Grand Central Station).

Fourth, eliminate Route 444 and replace it with a Flex zone. Buses can be distributed to other routes that need them, while cutaway vans can deviate through the neighborhoods.

And finally, evaluate the East Lake Shuttle to see if it can be ultimately immersed into the North County Connector system, instead of it continuing to be a stand-alone shuttle.

Public meeting locations

Please visit the PSTA website for meeting times and locations. The first meeting was held yesterday in the East Lake area. There will be a meeting today in Seminole, and two meetings next week.

UPDATE – HART to unveil new website on 8/17/15

It’s been talked about for months now, but Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) has formally announced the launch date for their new website!

The current HART website, launched December 31, 2008.
The current HART website, launched 12/31/08. Screenshot taken on 8/11/15.

The announcement was made via a Facebook cover photo change yesterday and the expected launch date (barring any unforeseen circumstances) will be Monday, August 17, 2015. From now until Monday, you may see intermittent outages of the current website as HART transitions over to the new site. If you happen to encounter a website outage, don’t worry, you can still get automated bus schedule information by calling (813)-254-4278. HART telephone customer service is open weekdays from 6:00am until 8:00pm, and weekends and holidays from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the new site!