Free eco-friendly micro-transit bus service launches in St. Pete Beach

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Keep it green, St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. A new micro-bus service connecting St. Pete Beach and Pass A Grille has officially launched. This is a major win for area residents and visitors alike.

The new electric busses can carry up to 5 passengers at a time. Its route begins at the historic Don CeSar Hotel and travels down to Pass A Grille. This means we can grab an ice cream at The Don, and then enjoy a breezy (and free) ride down to Shaner’s for the best damn grouper sandwich around.

Offset the cost of operation through advertising

These Freebee busses will cost St. Pete Beach about $132,000 per year to operate. Passengers can flag down a ride by using the Freebee Bus app.

It’s a popular service in Florida. You can find the oversized golf carts in 15 different areas in the Sunshine State, such as Coral Gables, Pine Crest, South Beach, Islamorada, and Miami.

Freebee has signed on for a 3-year contract with the city, and if proven popular could become a permanent fixture in St. Pete Beach. City officials plan to offset the cost of operation through advertising and sponsors, according to a report from Bay News 9.

From the Pink Palace to Pass A Grille 

For Don CeSar guests, this new service will offer a far easier mode of travel between the pink palace of some of Pass A Grille’s more popular food and drink hubs.

If you haven’t enjoyed a hard cider with a basket of clam strips at Paradise Grill at sunset, then you’re seriously missing out. On some special evenings you may even experience the mythical green flash.



Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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