ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pinellas County will soon become the first in the country to welcome a partnership set to bridge the gap between public and private transportation.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has partnered with Uber and United Taxi to introduce Direct Connect; a solution to the area’s most common public transportation barrier-access to a bus stop.
“Once we make it easy for someone to get to the bus stop, riding the bus becomes a real transportation alternative,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller.
With this unique partnership, PSTA will pay half the cost of an Uber or United Taxi ride, up to $3, that is destined for a PSTA bus stop and within a designated geographic zone.
“By helping to bridge the gap on the first and last mile for commuters, this innovative public-private partnership will compliment and extend the reach of the existing transportation infrastructure in the region and open up more opportunities in the community,” said Christine Mitchell, general manager for Uber in Tampa Bay.