Bus Rapid Transit is coming soon to South Pinellas!
For the past several years, PSTA has been gradually putting together plans for a countywide arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network that will provide faster boarding & travel times along key corridors throughout Pinellas County. Such corridors include 1st Ave N/1st Ave S, 4th St N, 34th St N/S, 49th St N, & Ulmerton Rd.
The first such service will be situated in southern Pinellas – serving the municipalities of St. Petersburg, South Pasadena, & St. Pete Beach. This new service, called the SunRunner, will whisk residents & tourists alike between Downtown St. Pete & St. Pete Beach.
Service is expected to begin either late 2021 or early 2022. This page will be dedicated for now – as an overview page to summarize the project. Once service is underway, I will include more detailed operations information – such as fares, operating service span/frequencies, & other customer-oriented information.
As the SunRunner system gradually expands, this page will be further modified to include information on future routes. To the right is the route map for the initial SunRunner service, which will traverse 1st Ave N in the westbound direction & 1st Ave S in the eastbound direction between Downtown St. Pete & Pasadena Ave. This segment will utilize dedicated lane infrastructure to separate buses from normal vehicular traffic. A portion of Pasadena Ave will also have bus lanes equipped. The remainder of the corridor will have buses operate in mixed traffic due to roadway constraints.
Header images are my own (HARTride 2012), other images used are credited to PSTA.
The SunRunner’s initial line will include the following for customer comfort & convenience.
As construction of the initial SunRunner system gets underway, the PSTA website will be updated with all of the information that you need. You can also contact the agency directly if you have questions or concerns that aren’t covered on the web page.