ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – “Long awaited, much needed.”
That was St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s reaction to a tweet made by President Trump announcing the US Department of Transportation is committing $21.8 million to connect down St. Petersburg to popular beaches across Pinellas County.
The president said “the FIRST transit project of this kind in the Tampa Bay region. It will connect St. Petersburg to popular beaches through state-of-the-art transit buses with FREE WiFi. Will be a major help to heavily populated parts of the Great State of Florida!”
“If true, this would be consistent with what officials at FTA have been telling us for months, they federals will be made available for the Central Ave BRT project and they too see the benefits in establishing this service.” – Brad Miller, PSTA CEO
“This funding has been long-awaited and is much needed. The Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project is the first transit project of its kind in the region and our hope is that it not only makes going back and forth between our vibrant downtown and the beaches easier, but helps to move the larger conversation around regional transportation forward.” – St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
The BRT plan would connect downtown St. Petersburg to Pinellas County beaches using 1st Ave. North and South.
The 20-mile roundtrip route will have 31 stations and buses will come every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and would run from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Supporters of the plan argue it’s a way to prepare for the future and help reduce the number of cars at beaches.
The total cost of the project is just over $43 million.
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