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New Largo Transit Center Opens Sunday, May 1st

The new PSTA Largo Transit Center will formally open to customers on Sunday, May 1, 2016. You can view the boarding chart (made by yours truly) on my PSTA information page: https://hartride2012tampa.wordpress.com/transit_focus_pages/florida-transports/tampa-bay-area-florida/pinellas-suncoast-transit-authority/

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1,000 is the number of steps it takes to get from the nearest bus stop at US 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard to the Walmart Supercenter located on the corner—rain or shine.

PSTA thought they could do better, so they changed it to seven.

On the east side of Walmart at US 19 and Roosevelt, the new Largo Transit Center is set to open to riders on Sunday, May 1st. Located in the heart of Pinellas County, Largo Transit Center is served by some of PSTA’s highest ridership routes, namely Routes 19, 52, and 79.

Not only will riders and employees of nearby businesses now have a convenient, comfortable place to make transfers, they will also be the first to enjoy PSTA’s new bus shelter design. With a teal roof and clear blue glass on one side, the new shelter design is sleek and modern, while still being functional…

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HRT: Why do you hate me so?

This is one issue that can make or break a transit rider real quick. Imagine after many years of being a loyal transit rider, that you are suddenly faced with being banned from your transit agency’s facilities over an accusation that has yet to be justified? Well that is exactly what has happened to one transit rider in the Hampton Roads, VA region; he was banned in 2012 from entering Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)’s administrative offices in Norfolk and Hampton. HRT alleges wrongdoing against the rider, but the agency has never showed him any sort of proof that would justify the wrongdoing. Please take a few moments to read through his post and tell us what you think.

Ideas from the Bus Rider

So over the past week: I’ve been mulling over the attitude problem that Hampton Roads Transit has with me. Apparently, someone in the Ivory Towers (3400 Victoria Blvd and 509 E. 18th St) has something against me. Very much so that they got me Administratively Banned from the administration buildings, for reasons that Hampton Roads Transit vehemently refuses to show proof of. This was back in 2012.

Fast forward to 2016 and the Ribbon Cutting for the new Downtown Norfolk Transportation Center held Friday of last week. I arrive in time to get a decent seat, or at least that was the plan when I was suddenly confronted by “security” who reminded me of the Administrative Ban from the bus garages. However, HRT suddenly decided that the new Downtown Norfolk Transportation Center was suddenly included (even though it is city property, and the City of Norfolk has no quarrel with…

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Williamsburg Area Transit Authority: Thank You

I’m going to be very honest for a few moments and say that while there is a lot of good in public transit, there are also many elements that can make or break a rider. As a transit rider myself, I know how hard it is these days for transit agencies to make ends meet, especially with the recent recession and the possibility that we could hit another recession this year.

However, some transit agencies do the very best that they can with what limited resources that they have to make their customers and their employees happy. That is exactly what we see here with the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority in Williamsburg, VA. They truly go the extra mile for their riders, as you will see in the post from a Hampton Roads area transit rider and blogger. You will also see the stark contrast between WATA and neighboring Hampton Roads Transit, the latter by which some riders have expressed to me as being a transit agency by which its upper management simply does not care about its riders.

In short, if you have management who does not try hard enough to deliver an excellent customer experience, then that in of itself will make or break many riders. While there will be riders who will simply go about their day dealing with the mess that the transit agency leaves behind because of incompetent management, other riders will become so disgruntled that they will take the first opportunity to travel by other means; whether it be by car, taxi, ride share, biking, or walking.

Ideas from the Bus Rider

Yesterday I got a chance to get away from Hampton Roads Transit, since they seem to have something against me.  I decided to spend the $2 for an All Day Pass to ride Williamsburg Area Transit Authority, and it felt like a breath of fresh air.

Over the past week, I was horribly mistreated at the hands of administrative staff of Hampton Roads Transit, because they were mad that I wanted to attend the ribbon cutting for the new Downtown Norfolk Transportation Center – a city building in which the city invited me to attend the ceremony.  They seem to insist that I did something wrong at the Victoria Blvd admin building, but flat out REFUSE to present proof.  Naturally, I was torn apart on the inside and as I write this: I am quite angry with the Admin side of the agency (I have absolutely NO beef…

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2015 Website Stats

With 2015 coming to a close, I always publish a quick WordPress-generated rundown of how my website did during the year. Here are some quick highlights that may, or may not be included in the WordPress report:

  • HART Transit Routes continues to be them most popular information page with over 25,000 page views this year alone. To date, the page has had over 34,000 views since its 2013 creation.
  • This year to date, I’ve seen a shift from blog posts being viewed more often than the information pages to the exact opposite, meaning that the transit information component of my website is becoming more vital to my viewers than many of the subjects that I blog about.
  • While my website did not hit the 60,000 views mark this year, it was very close. As of December 30, 2015, total website views for the year was nearing 57,000. I’m expecting to reach this milestone by March of 2016.
  • Most of my website viewers are residing in the US, but two other countries aren’t far behind. Can you guess which countries they are?
  • To date, I’ve published roughly 458 blog posts (this includes posts from my former Blogger blog, but does not include the five or six posts that I published to my former news roundup blog, so the actual count is around 463).

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Proposed Fare Increase

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Proposed Fare Increase
Effective October 11, 2015

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will hold a Public Hearing on:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
PSTA Administration Building
3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Hearing is schedule for ½ hour, but will be extended if necessary. The proposal will be available online one week in advance of the hearing, and printed copies will be available at the hearings. If you are unable to attend in person, written comments are welcome by mail or email.

Mail to: PSTA Budget Public Hearing or PSTA Fare Public Hearing
3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Email comments to: engage@psta.net

For the official record, please include your name and address on all correspondence. If you need a sign language interpreter, large print material, or other ADA accommodations in order to participate, please call the InfoLine at (727) 540-1900 or email engage@psta.net one…

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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Route Changes

Affecting Routes 1, 30, 18, 58, 444, East Lake Connector

Effective October 11, 2015

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will hold a Public Hearing on:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

PSTA Administration Building

3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Hearing is schedule for ½ hour, but will be extended if necessary. The proposal will be available online one week in advance of the hearing, and printed copies will be available at the hearings. If you are unable to attend in person, written comments are welcome by mail or email.

Mail to: PSTA Service Public Hearing

3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Email comments to: engage@psta.net

For the official record, please include your name and address on all correspondence. If you need a sign language interpreter, large print material, or other ADA accommodations in order to participate, please call the InfoLine at (727) 540-1900…

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PSTA Adds New Date to Service Redesign Workshop Series

To allow sufficient opportunities for public input, PSTA has added a community workshop on the proposed service redesign and fare structure changes for Thursday, August 20. Details in the PSTA post.

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – Those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of the public workshops being hosted by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will now have one more opportunity to do so.

A fifth date has been added to the series after PSTA received requests from citizens to add a workshop in the corridor-area of St. Petersburg.

Attendees are encouraged to meet with PSTA staff to ask questions and make comments about phase one of the proposed service redesign. The workshops are not structured and no formal presentation will be made.

The phase one routes are: 1, 30, 58, 444, and the East Lake Connector.

Riders unable to attend are invited to send comments to engage@psta.net.

For more information, visit the Public Workshops page.

Workshops are scheduled for: 

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd Street

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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.

Date Locations Affected Route(s) Time of Day Routes Serving Venue
8/11/15 Seminole Library: 9200 113th

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PSTA is Your Ride to Pride

Going to St. Pete Pride on Saturday? Be sure to use PSTA and escape the parking and traffic hassles!

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – The largest LGBT Pride parade in Florida kicks off Saturday night in Downtown St. Petersburg, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is going to get you there.

PSTA buses will be running frequently along 1st Avenues North and South – parallel to the events – making it easy to leave your car at home or in an outlying parking spot while PSTA chauffeurs you to and from the celebrations.

“Making history” is the theme for the 13th annual St. Pete Pride festival, and PSTA will be making a little history of its own. As part of the celebrations, PSTA staff will ride a full-sized bus covered in lights down Central Avenue as part of the only LGBT nighttime parade.

PSTA has several routes that will be serving the expected 200,000 people in the Grand Central District Saturday night, such as the Central Avenue Trolley…

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