Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Page updated on 10/2/16.

This portal is currently under construction. Please pardon our dust.

Introduction

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit district in Pinellas County, Florida, covering the municipalities of St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, and numerous smaller cities and towns. PSTA was established by an act of the Florida Legislature in 1982 and simultaneously resulted from the merger of the St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System and the Central Pinellas Transit Authority. The system comprises of roughly 40 fixed route local, express, and trolley bus routes, several flex-route neighborhood connectors (PSTA Connector), and partners with the St. Petersburg “Looper” Trolley and the Clearwater Jolley Trolley. Paratransit services (also known as Demand Response Transportation, or simply DART) are contracted out to two private service providers; Yellow Cab (for ambulatory/sedan service) and Care Ride (for wheelchair/cutaway van service).

Beginning October 1, 2016, Care Ride will become the sole provider for DART services. This is because PSTA is discontinuing its contract with TransDev – which operates Yellow Cab.


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TD Late Shift kicks off August 1, 2016!!!

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Current Ongoing and Long-Term Route Detours

Route 74 Long-Term Detour – Effective 1/6/16 to TBD


System Overview

The remainder of this page will go through a general overview of the PSTA bus system; including the structure by which PSTA bus routes operate on, transit centers and other major bus transfer points, and practical information such as current fares.

New to the PSTA system? Please visit the “How To Ride” and FAQ pages on PSTA.net.


Transit Network Structure and Transit Centers

Like many transit districts; PSTA operates on a hub-spoke system by which routes travel out of centralized transfer points. There are currently four full-service transit centers that include a staffed customer service window. These centers also include restrooms, sheltered bus loading bays, and vending machines.

PSTA DT St Pete Grid Banner 1

On February 14, 2016, PSTA shifted all of its Downtown St. Petersburg originating bus routes from a transfer hub at Williams Park to a grid system where transfers are made street-side. This allows for better flowing of routes while maintaining close proximity to various downtown attractions.

The Customer Service Center on the northern end of Williams Park (on 2nd Ave N) will be maintained until further notice.

PSTA System Map | Listing of Affected Routes | Full Route Listing

PSTA Grand Central TC

Situated along Central Ave by US Highway 19 is the Grand Central Station (originally called the Central Plaza Terminal), serving the needs of the Grand Central District. This circular intermodal hub opened in 2002 and comprises of 12 bus loading bays, restrooms, real-time information displays, and a dual-window Customer Service Center. The hub currently serves Routes 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 52, 79, 90, 97, and the Central Ave Trolley.

Current Bus Boarding Locations (As of June, 2012)

Credit: PSTA. Please select the diagram for a larger view.
Credit: PSTA. Please select the diagram for a larger view.

On April 1, 2016, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) began its Skyway ConneXion express route into Pinellas. While buses traverse US 19 (34th St N) adjacent to Grand Central Station, MCAT buses do not enter the terminal. Below is a diagram of where PSTA customers can board the MCAT route.

Grand Central TC - MCAT Stops - Custom

PSTA Park St TC

Located in the heart of downtown Clearwater, the Park Street Terminal has been serving the needs of northwest Pinellas transit customers since 1983. The hub has seen several upgrades over the years, including the installation of real-time information displays, roofing and cement slab work, and the addition of a modernized Customer Service Center. The hub is currently home to Routes 18, 52, 60, 61, 66, 67, 73, 76, 78, 98, and the Suncoast Beach Trolley.

Current Bus Boarding Locations (As of June, 2012)

Credit: PSTA. Please select the diagram for a larger view.
Credit: PSTA. Please select the diagram for a larger view.

PSTA Pinellas Park TC

Located behind the Shoppes at Park Place, the Pinellas Park Transfer Center serves Routes 11, 19, 52 (selected trips only), 74, 75, 97, and the 444 (also known as the Pinellas Park Shuttle). In January, 2o15, a new Customer Service Center building opened, equipped with customer and operator restrooms. This center allows Central Pinellas transit customers to seek transit information more quickly and efficiently.

Pinellas Park TC Boarding Locations Custom

The Pinellas Park Transit Center also serves as a pick-up/drop-off point for the Direct Connect service.

PSTA Largo TC

Located on the east side of the WalMart SuperCenter on US Hwy 19 and Roosevelt Blvd (where Roosevelt turns into East Bay Dr on the west side of 19), the Largo Transfer Center serves Routes 19, 52, and 79. The facility is equipped with a spacious boarding platform and four shelters, and replaces the transfer point at Tri-City Plaza, which is currently undergoing redevelopment. Stops by the plaza will continue to be served, but the routes have been re-aligned to service the new facility.

Click the diagram for a larger view.
Click the diagram for a larger view.

PSTA Other Transfer Points

In addition to these transit centers, PSTA has several unified transfer points by which several routes will converge at to allow seamless transfers throughout Pinellas County.

34th St N/PSTA Facility Transfer Platform

Situated next to the PSTA Facility on 34th St N, this central platform serves as a weekday transfer point for five bus routes.

Shelter A: Route 52 (Weekdays Only), Shelter B: Route 11 (Weekdays Only), Shelter C: Routes 97/98 (Weekday Peak Commute Only), Shelter D: Route 59.

Tyrone Square Mall

Two platforms are situated along the westbound lanes of 22nd Ave N ,on the south side of Tyrone Square Mall. Shelters A and B are situated west of 68th St N, while Shelters C, D, and E are east of 68th St N.

From West to East.

Shelter A: Routes 5, 73, and 79 (Northbound), Shelter B: Routes 23 and 68, (68th St N Intersection), Shelter C: Routes 22, 38, and 75, Shelter D: Routes 7, 20, 62, and 79 (Southbound), Shelter E: Route 18.

Other Transfer Points

Westfield Countryside serves Routes 19, 62, 67, 76, 78, the Jolley Trolley Safety Harbor Route, the Dunedin/Palm Harbor Flex Connector, and the Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector. This is a singular sheltered street-side platform along SR 580, just east of Summerdale Dr.

Tarpon Mall serves Routes 19 and 66, (as well as PCPT Route 19 on Mondays through Saturdays).

The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks serves Route 66 and the Jolley Trolley Coastal Route, (as well as PCPT Route 18 on Mondays through Saturdays).

The Shoppes at Boot Ranch serves Route 62, the Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Flex Connector, and shuttle service to parts of East Lake.

Clearwater Mall serves Routes 19 and 60.

Tri-City Plaza on US 19 and Whitney Rd serves Route 19, 59, 79, and 98.

Largo Mall serves Route 18 and 59.

Indian Rocks Shopping Center serves Routes 59, 61, 66, and 74.

Indian Rocks Beach has a stop at 1st St and 4th Ave for Route 59. This allows Route 59 customers to take a short walk to connect to the Suncoast Beach Trolley.

The Former Seminole Mall site (currently being redeveloped) serves Routes 18, 58, and 74.

Gateway Shopping Center (still referred to as Gateway Mall) serves Routes 4, 58, 59, 74, 75, and 100X.

The John’s Pass Boardwalk and Shopping Plaza serves as a stop for Route 68, allowing customers to connect to the Suncoast Beach Trolley.

Gulf Blvd and 75th Ave in St. Pete Beach serves as a transfer point for the Suncoast Beach Trolley and the Central Ave Trolley.

Roy Hanna Dr and 25th Way S serves as a transfer point for Routes 4, 11, 20, and 90.

PSTA Bus Routes and Flex Zones

PSTA currently operates roughly 40 bus routes, most of them being local fixed routes. However, the agency currently operates two cross-bay express routes (100X and 300X), two flex-route connectors, and three peak-hour commuter routes. The entire PSTA system is able to serve the municipalities of St. Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, the Pinellas Gulf Coast Beaches, and other municipalities within the county.

Full Route Listing | North County Connector | Trolley Services

Maps of the PSTA bus system (from PSTA)

PSTA System Map (effective 10/11/15), includes all routes; including local, peak commuter, express, trolley, and Flex. Also includes insets for downtown St. Pete/Grand Central and downtown Clearwater, as well as the Pinellas portion of HART Route 200X.

Span of operating service

Service schedules vary throughout the PSTA system. While most routes operate 7 days a week, some suburban routes do not have weekend service. Please visit PSTA.net to see which days of the week your particular route operates and to see route frequency. I hope to have a route matrix posted here in the  distant future.

Holiday Service Schedule

On the following major holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, PSTA will operate a Sunday-level schedule. On all other holidays, as well as Black Friday and Christmas Eve, buses will operate a normal Weekday schedule – though exceptions may apply in the form that PSTA will dictate as far ahead as possible as to whether or not to operate Routes 100X and 300X.

I usually try to blog about upcoming holiday service schedules approximately 2 weeks prior to the upcoming holiday. Please keep in mind that routes that normally do not operate on Sundays will not operate on the selected holidays above either, regardless of the day of the week that the holiday falls upon.


Current Fares

Below is the current fare structure for the PSTA system, effective October 11, 2015.

Mag-Swipe Fare Cards are now available for selected Regional Fare Categories as of 1/1/16.

  • One-Way Cash Fare
    • PSTA Local/Trolley/Flex: $2.25.
      • Discount: $1.10*.
    • PSTA Express: $3.00.
      • Discount: $1.50**.
  • PSTA Go Cards (Not valid on Routes 100X & 300X)
    • 1-Day Go Card: $5.00.
      • Discount: $2.50*.
    • 7-Day Go Card: $25.00.
      • Discount: $12.50*.
    • 31-Day Go Card: $70.00.
      • Discount: $35.00*.
  • 20-Ride Express Pass (100X and 300X ONLY)
    • Regular Price: $48.00 (No discount price is available).
  • Platinum Youth Pass (Not valid on Routes 100X & 300X)
    • Regular Price: $12.50 for youth 18 years or younger.
  • Multi-County Passes
    • Intercounty PSTA/HART Monthly Passport: $85.00 – For use on all PSTA and HART Bus, Trolley, and Streetcar Routes.
  • Central Avenue Trolley
    • Pier Approach to Sundial Shoppes: FARE-FREE.
    • Sundial Shoppes to Grand Central Terminal: 50 cents.
    • Any point west of Grand Central Terminal: $2.25.
      • Eastbound customers pay the fare when they board.
      • Westbound customers pay the fare when they exit.
  • St. Pete Downtown “Looper”***
    • Regular Fare is 50 cents
      • Discounted Fare for Seniors (aged 65 and older) is 25 cents.
      • Children 5 years of age and under ride FREE.
    • Certain portions of the route lie within the FARE FREE ZONE.
      • If you board and de-board within the zone, you do not have to pay a fare, otherwise, you pay when you board.
  • Clearwater Jolley Trolley fares mimic the normal PSTA fares***
    • An unlimited day pass can be purchased on the trolley for $5.00.
      • Discount pass is $2.50 for Seniors.
  • Regional Fares
    • 1-Way Cash Fare: $3.00, with a reduced fare of $1.50*.
    • 1-Day Category: $6.00. Mag-Swipe Fare Cards Are Now Available!
    • 3-Day Category: $18.00. Mag-Swipe Fare Cards Are Now Available!
    • 7-Day Category: $30.00. Mag-Swipe Fare Cards Are Now Available!
    • 31-Day Category: $85.00.

(*) Indicates that a PSTA Discount Permit is required. HART and PCPT discount permits are honored.

(**) Indicates that only selected midday express trips qualify for the reduced fare. Please visit PSTA.net to view Route 100X and 300X schedules and to see which trips qualify.

(***) These trolley services receive support from PSTA, but are operated by other parties. Please visit the Trolley Services page for further information.

Please note that the implementation of the Regional Fare System is dependent on participating agencies receiving required state funding. Participating agencies will announce when these new fares will be implemented.

Universal Pass Agreements (U-Pass)

PSTA has Universal Pass Agreements in place with several institutions to provide groups of customers access to the transit system at no additional cost to those customers. To view participating institutions, please visit PSTA.net.

University of South Florida – St. Pete Campus students and faculty can use all PSTA routes at no additional cost under their U-Pass agreement with PSTA! Additionally, students who are attending classes across the bay can take advantage of the same great benefits with the HART system.


Take your bike with you!

All HART buses and HARTflex vans are equipped with bike racks, and folding bicycles are permitted onboard all buses and vans. No permit is required, but if you’re a first-time user, you can contact PSTA at (727)-540-1900 or by visiting PSTA.net.


Transportation Alternatives

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (or TBARTA) provides alternative transportation solutions to help ease congestion along Bay Area roadways. These services include carpooling/vanpooling services, a bike buddy service, and the Emergency Ride Home program. Visit the TBARTA Commuter Services Website, or call 1-800-998-RIDE for further information. USF Tampa students can also take part in these wonderful services, including Emergency Ride Home!


 Disclaimer

Please keep in mind that information on this page is subject to change, especially things like schedules and fares. I do try my best to keep things as accurate as possible, but sometimes things change without notice. To obtain the latest information, please visit PSTA.net, or call (727)-540-1900.

Please be patient as I continue to work on this portal. I will have much more to come soon!

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