HART achieves ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Sustainability and Management

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On Monday, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit announced that it has earned the prestigious ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Sustainability and Management System (ESMS). Why is this important? Because only 13 transit agencies in the US have met the standards needed to earn this certification, and HART has become the first and only transit agency in the state of Florida to be able to do so.

Read more about this news at HART’s “In-Transit” Blog (hosted by Blogger/Google)

July 4, 2016 Holiday Services

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Independence Day will be on Monday, July 4, 2016. Because of the holiday, most transit agencies will be operating limited to no services. Please keep this in mind as you plan your holiday festivities and make alternate arrangements if possible. In some municipalities, transit agencies may provide modified services to assist with getting people to and from Independence Day events such as evening firework displays.


Service Schedule Status

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Service Exceptions and Notes

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) may detour some Downtown Tampa/Channelside bus routes due to evening firework displays. The TECOline Streetcar may operate extended hours to help people get to and from area parking facilities. For the latest information, please visit www.gohart.org.

Some trolleybus routes (Pinellas County) may operate on a schedule other than a Sunday schedule. Please check psta.net for details.

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) may detour some Downtown Norfolk bus routes due to evening firework displays. The Tide Light Rail, though operating on a Saturday schedule, may be modified to help people get to and from Park-N-Ride lots along the line. The Elizabeth River Ferry will run modified services through 12-midnight to help people get to and from the firework displays. For the latest information, please visit www.gohrt.com.

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) bus routes will not operate, except for the Anna Maria and Beach Express Trolleys. Schedules can be obtained at www.ridemcat.org.

Volusia County Transit (Votran) will operate a modified holiday schedule. Since SunRail will not be operating on July 4, neither will the SunRail Feeder bus routes – 31, 32, and 33. Please read the following from the Votran website carefully:

  • West Volusia routes 22, 24 and 60 will not operate.
  • Route 20 will operate every two hours beginning with the 7:26 a.m. southbound trip at Wal-Mart.
  • Northbound trips will depart Market Place every two hours from 8:32 a.m. to 4:32 p.m.
  • Routes 21 and 23 will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • East Volusia routes 1, 3, 4, 10, 15 and 17 will operate on the Sunday schedule from the Intermodal Transit Facility in Daytona Beach.
    • Northbound Routes 4 and 17 will transfer passengers at Dunlawton and Orange avenues.
    • Southbound Routes 4 and 17 will drop off passengers for Route 40 at Dunlawton Avenue and U S. Highway 1.
  • Southeast Routes 40 and 41 will operate every two hours. Route 40 will not serve Swallowtail Drive and Village Trail.
    • The first Route 40 southbound trip will depart Dunlawton Avenue and U.S. 1 at 6:42 a.m.
      • Northbound trips will depart Canal Street and U.S. 1 every two hours from 7:44 a.m. through 5:44 p.m.
    • The first Route 41 southbound trip will depart Canal Street and U.S. 1 at 6:57 a.m.
      • Regular trips will depart every two hours from 8:47 a.m. through 4:47 p.m.
      • The 2:57 p.m. trip departing Canal Street and U.S. 1 will be the only trip serving Oak Hill.
  • All other routes and New Smyrna Beach Flex service will not operate.
  • Votran Gold will run a limited schedule and times to coincide with the July 4 fixed-route service.
  • For Votran Gold service changes, contact the Votran Call Center.

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Service Exceptions and Notes

NYCMTA Website

NY/NJ PATH Website

Chicago CTA Website

PACE Website (Chicago area suburban bus services)

Metra Website (Chicago area Commuter Rail services)


Customer Service

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Additional Notes

Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) are available throughout the following locations for customer convenience.

  • HART (Tampa, FL): All major transit centers.
  • HRT (Norfolk/Hampton, VA): Along the Tide LRT corridor in Norfolk, as well as at HRT transit centers, the High St Ferry station, and at select (summer) locations along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

 

 


Normal Transit Service Resumption

Regular weekday transit services will resume on Tuesday, May 31, 2015.


Disclaimer

All information in this post have been compiled from the websites and social media channels of the respective transit agencies listed above. Ultimately, the agencies themselves are responsible for the accuracy of information that I’ve gathered. However, if you notice something that I’ve written that doesn’t match what the agency has posted (mistakes do happen, we’re all human), please let me know right away so that I can correct the information. Thank you.


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PSTA October, 2016 Service Change Proposals – Part 4 – Approved Changes

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At Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority approved the various service changes that are set to take effect in October of 2016. While most of the proposed changes were approved, there were a few changes that were either modified or discarded by the board due to customer concerns. This post (the first of three) will take us through each of the routes and what changes will be made to them.


 PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BETWEEN NOW AND THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW AND REVISED SERVICES IN OCTOBER!

While PSTA is doing its best to maintain as much existing service as possible on many of the affected routes, there is no doubt that service in a few areas will be lost or reduced.


Routes 4, 9, 16, 18, 19, 34, & 59

Route 4
Route 9
Route 16
Route 18
Route 19
Route 34
Route 59


Any questions or concerns regarding the route changes should be directed to PSTA. You may call them at (727) 540-1900.

Part 2 will be posted soon, encompassing the remainder of the route changes.


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PSTA October, 2016 Service Change Proposals – Part 3

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In the third part of this series, I will take a look at the changes being proposed for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) route 74, the Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector, the Dunedin/Palm Harbor Flex Connector, and the Jolley Trolley Coastal Route. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not had a chance to do so.


Documents from PSTA

Countywide Map

North County Map

South County Map

Route Change Descriptions


My Google Maps

Map Showing Routes 4, 9, 16, 19, 34, & 59. Map does not show Route 18 because its routing is not being drastically changed.

Map Showing Routes 61, 62, 65, 66, & 74. Map does not show Route 67 because its routing is not being drastically changed.


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Route 74

Overview: Route 74 currently travels from Downtown St. Pete to Indian Rocks Shopping Center via 16th St N, Gateway Mall, Gandy/Park Blvd, Shoppes at Park Place (Pinellas Park Transit Center), Seminole Mall, and Oakhurst Rd. Buses operate every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday and roughly every hour on weekends. The 74 is one of several notoriously long routes in Pinellas and construction along Gandy Blvd in the Gateway area has caused buses to be delayed at times.

What does PSTA want to do?: PSTA is proposing splitting the route into three segments. Route 74 would remain in operation between Gateway Mall and Seminole Mall, while the St. Pete portion becomes Route 16 and the Indian Rocks portion Route 65. Both of these new routes I have mentioned in my previous post.

My opinion: I support the splitting of Route 74 because it is very long. However, I am concerned with how early the current route ends and hope that service will extend past 9pm one day.


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Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector

Overview: The Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector was established in 2012 and has seen modest ridership. The route currently operates Monday through Saturday between Westfield Countryside and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART)’s Northwest Transfer Center via Boot Ranch.

What does PSTA want to do?: Instead of running service along Countryside Blvd, which has seen few to no riders schedule deviation pickups, PSTA wants to re-align the route to run along Belcher Rd between Westfield Countryside and Tampa Rd, where demand for the route has been higher.

My opinion: I support this change because it makes no sense to run a route where there is little to no demand for it.


Dunedin/Palm Harbor Flex Connector

Overview: The Dunedin/Palm Harbor Flex Connector was established in 2012 and has seen modest ridership. The route currently operates Monday through Saturday between Westfield Countryside and the Palm Harbor WalMart (on Alderman Rd).

What does PSTA want to do?: PSTA wants to expand coverage of the Connector to cover areas in Dunedin and Safety Harbor that would be lost by the re-alignment of Routes 61 and 62.

My opinion: I support this change because it would allow basic bus service to be maintained in the affected areas.


Jolley Trolley Coastal Route

Overview: The Jolley Trolley is a PSTA-supported trolley system in Northern Pinellas that is operated by a non-profit company. The Coastal Route provides service between Downtown Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.

What does PSTA want to do?: PSTA wants to combine this route with the northern section of Route 66 to reduce duplication and optimize/expand service along the Clearwater/Tarpon Springs gulf coast. Highlights include the following (from the PSTA service change descriptions page).

1) 7 day service between Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and Clearwater Beach (the southwest terminus will be moved from Island Estates to Clearwater Beach)
2) Sunday thru Thursday service operating 10:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.
3) Friday and Saturday service operating 10:00a.m. to midnight
4) Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday service to Ozona


Any Questions? Concerns?

Please refer to PSTA’s documents provided in this post for a full overview of the proposals. The proposals will be voted on this upcoming Wednesday, June 22, 2016 during the 9:00AM June Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at the PSTA Facility Boardroom – 3201 Scherer Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33716. If you are unable to attend, you can send an email with your concerns to engage@psta.net. For further information, you can call PSTA at (727) 540-1900.


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PSTA October, 2016 Service Change Proposals – Part 2

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In the second part of this series, I will take a look at the changes being proposed for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) routes 61, 62, 66, and 67, and the proposal to create Route 65. If you did not get to read over my first post, you can do so here.


Documents from PSTA

Countywide Map

North County Map

South County Map

Route Change Descriptions


My Google Maps

Map Showing Routes 4, 9, 16, 19, 34, & 59. Map does not show Route 18 because its routing is not being drastically changed.

Map Showing Routes 61, 62, 65, 66, & 74. Map does not show Route 67 because its routing is not being drastically changed.


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Route 61

Overview: Route 61 currently operates between Dunedin and the Indian Rocks Shopping Center 7 days a week. Buses run hourly Monday through Saturday, and every hour to two hours on Sundays.

What does PSTA want to do?: Under the proposal being presented for October, 2016, The northern terminus will shift from is current loop along Keene Rd (CR 1), Michigan Blvd, and Pinehurst Rd, to Westfield Countryside Mall. Additionally, the north-south segment in Dunedin – currently operating along Douglas Ave, will shift to Patricia Ave between Sunset Point and SR 580.

My opinion: Making this shift will allow for another option for customers to connect to Dunedin from Westfield Countryside. The shift will also allow for local service to be maintained along Patricia Ave/Highland Ave if the changes for Route 66 move forth.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal for the 61.


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Route 62

Overview: Route 62 currently connects the Shoppes at Boot Ranch and Tyrone Square Mall via Belcher Rd, Westfield Countryside, and Safety Harbor. Buses operate roughly every hour Monday through Friday, and every hour to two hours on Saturdays. There is no Sunday or Holiday service.

What does PSTA want to do?: The Safety Harbor portion would be eliminated in favor of a re-alignment down Belcher Rd from the Countryside area. The Safety Harbor portion would then be picked up by an optimized Dunedin/Palm Harbor Flex Connector.

My opinion: Streamlining the 62 would allow for better service along Belcher, while still maintaining a connection between Boot Ranch and Countryside. I’ve always felt that a fixed bus route through Safety Harbor was not really necessary due to limited ridership, and feel that the area would be better served by an optimized Jolley Trolley and a Flex Van Zone.

My suggestions: I think that PSTA should explore having an hourly route along Sunset Point Blvd to facilitate basic bus service along that corridor. However, I do realize that PSTA probably does not have the resources to begin that service anytime soon.


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Route 66

Overview: Route 66 currently connects Tarpon Springs with the Indian Rocks Shopping Center. This route operates hourly Monday through Saturday and every two hours on Sundays. There is a lot of zig-zagging along this long route, which does make it unreliable for some. In addition, the 66 is the only PSTA bus route to make two daytime school runs to the Clearwater Fundamental Middle School when classes are in session.

What does PSTA want to do?: Route 66 would see the most dramatic change in Northern Pinellas. The segment south of the Park St Terminal will be relegated to a new Route 65, and the the northern portion going from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs would be combined with an optimized Jolley Trolley Coastal Route. The route number of 66 would be retained as a Limted Stop service (Route 66L) with buses making limited stops from Tarpon Springs to Morton Plant Hospital via the Park St Terminal and the Clearwater Fundamental Middle School. The loop at Tarpon Ave and Huey Ave will be eliminated in favor of an optimized Route 19.

My opinion: Allowing for these changes will most definitely streamline bus service along the Clearwater/Tarpon Springs coastal region while maintaining basic bus service for affected communities.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal for the 66.


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Route 67

Overview: Route 67 links Oldsmar to the Countryside area and Clearwater. The route currently operates hourly Monday through Saturday, with no Sunday or Holiday service.

What does PSTA wants to do?: Route 67 would be able to serve the Nielsen Media Research campus on all trips, instead of just selected trips as it does now.

My opinion: Allowing this change will bring forth better service for those who work at the Nielsen campus. There also would not be much service lost along corridors that would no longer be served by the 67 because the Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector already travels through the area and would be able to deviate if needed.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal for the 67.


New Route 65

If approved, Route 65 would take over local segments south of the Park St Terminal in Clearwater that is currently served by Route 66, as well as the northeastern portion of Route 74 from the Indian Rocks Shopping Center to Seminole Mall (Route 74’s changes will be described in Part 3). The new route’s span of service and frequency will be similar to what currently operates.


Any Questions? Concerns?

Please refer to PSTA’s documents provided in this post for a full overview of the proposals. The proposals will be voted on this upcoming Wednesday, June 22, 2016 during the 9:00AM June Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at the PSTA Facility Boardroom – 3201 Scherer Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33716. If you are unable to attend, you can send an email with your concerns to engage@psta.net. For further information, you can call PSTA at (727) 540-1900.


Coming Up…

Part 3 will cover PSTA Route 74, the PSTA North County Connector Routes, and the Jolley Trolley.


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PSTA October, 2016 Service Change Proposals – Part 1

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In what has to be the most sweeping change in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus system in several years, several key routes are slated for a major overhaul in order to improve efficiency and reliability.


Overview

Photo Credit: PSTA.
Photo Credit: PSTA.

For some time now, PSTA has become known for running notoriously long bus routes throughout Pinellas County – especially the various cross-town and cross-county routes. While these routes currently provide a one-seat ride for many customers, they also present a huge challenge by which bus operators must do all they can to keep the bus running on time. This can be impossible to maintain due to the popularity of some of the routes and also roadway construction. Route 19, which runs north-south from southern Pinellas to northern Pinellas via US Hwy 19, is a prime example of how a bus isn’t able to stay on track due to various factors. I’ve rode the 19 several times now, and I’ve personally experienced buses that are running very late. My last southbound trip (in early June) in fact, involved one southbound bus pulling into Clearwater Mall roughly 25 minutes behind schedule. As that bus departed the station, the next southbound bus pulled up right behind it – causing the two buses to bunch within a 5 minute span of each other.

So for the October, 2016 service change cycle; PSTA is proposing to split several routes into multiple segments and re-allign others in order to try and resolve this type of situation, as well as to improve the overall service, efficiency, and reliability of the system. If approved by the PSTA board this week, a total of 11 bus routes, plus the Jolley Trolley Coastal Route will be affected by these changes, and 4 new routes will be created. While I support most of the changes that the agency is proposing, I do have various concerns in which how the changes will affect customers like myself. While I understand that 1) PSTA can only do so much with limited resources, and 2) not everyone will be happy by the changes; PSTA must maintain a balance between streamlining routes and serving their customers efficiently and effectively.

In Part 1 of this series, I will focus on the proposals being presented for Routes 4, 18, 19, and 59, as well as the proposals to create new Routes 9, 16, and 34. In addition to going over each of the changes, I will outline my concerns and suggestions for each route, and share images of the services currently in place . You can view a Google Map showing the various changes being proposed, as well as my suggestions listed (if applicable). Route 18 is not shown on this map because it is not being drastically changed.


Documents from PSTA

Countywide Map

North County Map

South County Map

Route Change Descriptions


IMG_20160125_084454Route 4

Overview: Route 4 is among PSTA’s busiest and most frequently run routes. The current route operates between southern Pinellas (the Pinellas Point area) and the Gateway region (up to 116th St N) every 15 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and roughly every hour on Sundays. Buses currently travel along 4th St N and 4th St S via the heart of downtown St. Petersburg and the Gateway Mall shopping center. The 4th St corridor is considered to be among the busiest corridors in Pinellas County.

What does PSTA want to do?: While no drastic routing changes are planned for Route 4 during the October, 2016 service change cycle; one change that will occur is a re-routing in the Gateway region. The current looping action along 116th St N and over by the Goodwill Industries Suncoast facility off Gandy Blvd – by which buses alternate trips Monday through Saturday and share on Sundays – will be relegated a new route, Route 16. Instead of conducting the current looping action in the Gateway region, Route 4 will run along the entire stretch of 4th St N between 83rd Ave N and Gandy Blvd. From Gandy Blvd, the route will traverse Roosevelt Blvd to 28th St N/Lake Carillon Dr. Buses will then follow the current track of Route 59 down 118th Ave N and 34th St N, and terminate at the 34th St N transfer center by the PSTA facility.

My opinion: I fully support this change, as the Gateway area looping action is really hurting the reliability of this route. I think that with a route that has a lower frequency serving these loops, the 4 can be able to retain its frequent Monday through Saturday service, and additional resources can go into improving Sunday service – which is currently horrible.

My suggestions: While PSTA might not be able to drastically improve late night and Sunday service at the moment, I do strongly believe that buses should run up until midnight Monday through Friday and up to 11pm on Saturdays. Sunday service should be every 30 minutes from 5am until 10pm.


IMG_20151128_115600-2Route 18

Overview: Route 18 is one of several north-south cross-county bus routes. It traverses Seminole Blvd (Alt Hwy 19) from Clearwater to Bay Pines, where it serves the VA Hospital. The various other destinations that the 18 serves include the PSTA Park St Terminal in the heart of Downtown Clearwater, Downtown St. Pete, PSTA’s Grand Central Station, Largo Mall, Seminole Mall (which is being redeveloped), and Tyrone Square Mall. On select trips, Heritage Apartments is served.

Route 18 currently operates every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays.

What does PSTA want to do?PSTA wants to streamline Route 18 to where it remains on Alt Hwy 19, meaning that Largo Mall would only be served by street-side stops and buses would not enter the mall property. The Heritage Apartments runs would also be eliminated under the current proposal.

My opinion: While I support the removal of the bus stops on the Largo Mall property, PSTA needs to consider the customer base at Heritage Apartments. These are mostly lower income seniors who are otherwise unable to get around and many at the public meeting this past Saturday (June 18) expressed disdain over the proposal. Some people have also expressed concern regarding the removal of stops from the Largo Mall property.

My suggestions: I would suggest that PSTA retain the Heritage Apartments runs until they can arrive at common ground with the residents in the area. Either create a Flex van zone or expand the Direct Connect service to this area.


IMG_20151017_093030Route 19

Overview: Route 19 is another north-south cross-county bus route. Created in 1990, the 19 traverses nearly the entire length of US Hwy 19 in Pinellas County. The route currently operates every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays. Despite the popularity of this route, and its connections to key shopping hubs like Shoppes at Park Place and Clearwater Mall, as well as Eckerd College and the Largo Commons WalMart, reliability of the 19 has greatly suffered – due in part to the ongoing construction to make parts of US Hwy 19 a freeway.

What does PSTA want to do?: PSTA wants to split the 19 at the Largo Transit Center, which sits adjacent to the Largo Commons WalMart. The segment north of the transfer center will retain the Route 19 designation, while the segment south of the hub will become Route 34. Scheduling and frequencies will be closely matching to what it is today on the 19, and buses will be timed to meet each other in Largo. Additionally, the northernmost portion of the 19 will extend to Alt Hwy 19 to connect to the Jolley Trolley.

My opinion: I fully support this change, as the 19 today is notoriously long. Splitting the route into two different routes will allow for the corridor to see an expansion of service down the road without further sacrificing efficiency and reliability. Plus, not everyone wants to travel the entire length of the current route.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal for the 19.


IMG_20160125_083807_1Route 59

Overview: Route 59 is yet another cross-county route, but it primarily serves Central Pinellas in an east-west direction. Buses travel between Largo and the Gateway region, with a north-south segment traversing Dr. MLK Jr. St N to downtown St. Pete. The 59 is one of a few routes to connect to the gulf coast beaches – stopping just a block away from the Suncoast Beach Trolley route in Indian Rocks Beach. The route currently operates every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday, and hourly on weekends.

What does PSTA want to do? PSTA also wants to split up the 59 so that it can run more frequently along Ulmerton Rd, another corridor that is plagued with almost never-ending road construction. In fact, under the proposal, the 59’s frequency will match that of the Route 4 by having its eastern terminus truncated to the 34th St Transfer Center by the PSTA Facility. The MLK St N segment of the 59 would become the Route 9. Also, the Largo Mall stops would be removed and buses will no longer enter the property.

My opinion: While I think this is great for the east-west portion of the 59, myself and many others who rely on the one-seat convenience of the 59 will be directly impacted. I don’t personally mind having to transfer at Gateway Mall to another route, but my mainline concern is being able to get home from work in the evening – something that I have voiced twice to PSTA during the public comment process. I don’t want to wind up being stranded at Gateway Mall because the last connecting bus has left for the evening.

My suggestions: I do support the removal of the bus stops on the Largo Mall property. Please see the Route 9 section to read my suggestions regarding that route.


New Routes 9, 16, and 34

A crowded Route 59 bus during the AM rush. PSTA wants to decrease frequency along the MLK St N corridor from its current 20 to 30 minute headways to just hourly service. NOT GOOD PSTA.
A crowded Route 59 bus during the weekday AM rush. PSTA wants to decrease frequency along the MLK St N corridor from its current 20 to 30 minute headways to just hourly service. NOT GOOD PSTA.

Route 9

Overview: Route 9 would take over the segment of Route 59 that currently runs from downtown St. Pete to Gateway Mall via Dr. MLK Jr. St N (also known as 9th St N). The route would run hourly service seven days a week.

My concerns: There are many people who currently rely on the 59’s frequent weekday service to get to and from work and school. Decreasing service to every hour along the MLK St N corridor is just ridiculous! Also, the route needs to have its northern terminus at the 34th St Transfer Center by the PSTA Facility and not Gateway Mall. Otherwise, those who use the 59 to get the the Gateway Commons Shopping Center or Jabil Circuit would be forced to transfer at Gateway Mall via the 4, 16, or 58.

My suggestions: Run the Route 9 between downtown St. Pete and the PSTA 34th St Transfer Center every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday and maintain current weekend service. Also, have the buses run until at least 9:00pm on weekdays.

Route 16

Overview: Route 16 would take over the segment of Route 74 that currently runs from downtown St. Pete to Gateway Mall via 16th St N, and the looping action in the Gateway region that is currently operated by Route 4. The route would run every 30 minutes Monday through Friday, but it is unclear what weekend service would be at the moment.

My concerns: None that I can think of.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal to create the 16.

Route 34

Overview: Route 34 would take over the segment of Route 19 that currently runs south of the Largo Transit Center. Frequencies would closely match what the 19 operates as today, and buses would be timed to meet up with each other at the transit center.

My concerns: None that I can think of.

My suggestions: None, really. Carry forth with the proposal to create the 34.

Note: Route 74 will be discussed in Part 3 of this series.


Any Questions? Concerns?

Please refer to PSTA’s documents provided in this post for a full overview of the proposals. The proposals will be voted on this upcoming Wednesday, June 22, 2016 during the 9:00AM June Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at the PSTA Facility Boardroom – 3201 Scherer Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33716. If you are unable to attend, you can send an email with your concerns to engage@psta.net. For further information, you can call PSTA at (727) 540-1900.


Coming Up…

Part 2 of the series will cover changes proposed for PSTA Routes 61, 62, 66, and 67. Part 3 will cover PSTA Route 74, the PSTA North County Connector Routes, and the Jolley Trolley.


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Weather Advisory for 6/5/16 through 6/8/16

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Due to the threat of severe weather, transit agencies are prepared for the worst. If in the event that transit services become suspended, please make sure to have alternative arrangements made so that you are not left stranded at a particular place.

Tropical system to impact Florida

During the course of Sunday, June 5 through Tuesday, June 7 (and possibly even Wednesday, June 8), much of the state of Florida will be impacted by a tropical system that formed in the Caribbean a few days ago. This system will be bringing lots of rain, which in-turn will bring forth the threat of widespread flooding. As streets and tracks become impassible, transit agencies will begin to modify transit services so that the safety of customers and employees are not compromised. This includes placing bus routes on detour, and suspending bus and train service altogether if necessary. Please be mindful that during detour operations, some bus stops will be skipped and real-time arrival predictions will not be accurate.

For the latest information; please contact your transit agency or visit their website. You should also monitor transit agency social media accounts and reports from local news outlets.

Widespread flooding continues to impact Paris

Over the week, many parts of Europe have been faced with rain events of their own. Much of Paris, France along the Seine have been flooded, resulting in the closure of many popular tourist spots and intermittent suspension of transit services. While the subway system has been largely spared by the flooding, some sections and stations are subject to closure due to their depth and proximity to the rivers and other flood spots. Some bus routes are also either being detoured or have been suspended until further notice due to impassible streets.

The train lines most impacted within Paris include subway lines 4, 7, & 10, and commuter rail lines B, C, D, & E. All other rail lines operated by the RATP are reporting normal service otherwise.

For the latest information; please contact your transit agency or visit their website. You should also monitor transit agency social media accounts and reports from local news outlets.

RATP Service Status | SNCF Service Status

#StormMode

As a result of the weather event here in Florida, I will be entering #StormMode at 7:00PM on Sunday, June 5. During this time, I will suspend my normal social media and blog posting activities and instead post weather and transit service interruption information whenever possible. I will exit #StormMode when weather conditions have improved enough to allow transit agencies to operate normal service.


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PSTA June, 2016 Service Changes

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Effective Sunday, June 5, 2016; the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has enacted several changes to its bus system. Please see the listing below for details.

Routing/Scheduling Changes

  • Routes 11 and 444: In an effort to greatly improve service to the Crystal Lakes Manor housing complex, bus service will now be provided by Route 11, instead of Route 444. This means that residents of Crystal Lakes Manor will enjoy expanded access to transit seven-days-a-week.

PSTA Route 11

For exact departure times; please visit www.psta.net

New Route 11 Schedule | New Route 444 Schedule

  • Route 52: The segment between Grand Central Station and Downtown St. Petersburg has been discontinued due to the duplication of bus services along the 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S corridors. Both corridors are already served by Route 18, which operates frequent Monday through Saturday service and hourly Sunday and Holiday service. View the new schedule.

Scheduling/Time Point Changes

Other Changes

For a listing of other changes taking effect; please visit www.psta.net.

For Further Information

Please contact PSTA directly at 727-540-1900, or visit www.psta.net.


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The Paris Metro MP 14 – First Glance

At the end of May, 2016, the RATP unveiled a video showing a rendition of the proposed MP 14 railcar traveling through a subway corridor. While I have to assume that the design is still in its early stages – leaving room for modifications in the future – I have to say the railcar looks pretty impressive.

The MP 14 railcars are projected to enter revenue service at some point between 2021 and 2023 on Paris Metro Lines 11 and 14, with the possibility of trains being assigned to Lines 4 and 6.