PSTA looks at potential countywide ferry service

PSTA looks at potential countywide ferry service

Rendering of a ferry passing under a bridge

Representatives with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority revealed renderings for a countywide ferry service during a Clearwater City Council meeting.

PSTA is working with the Clearwater Ferry to understand their current cost model, ability to continue service, and proposals for increased public investment. They currently have no intention of acquiring Clearwater Ferry, and haven’t entered any formal agreement with the service.

rendering of a ferry in the water
Rendering of PSTA Ferry

Connecting the county with new ferry service

“If local match and grant funding was secured, we would continue to work with our local partners to select an appropriate private operator,” wrote Stephanie Rank, Public Relations Coordinator for PSTA in an email to I Love the ‘Burg. “That may include several vendors to build out a county-wide system as integrated with PSTA.”

Ferry service has proven popular in St. Petersburg. The Cross-Bay Ferry recently wrapped up its time in the Sunshine City for the season. While many have enjoyed trips to Tampa from the Sunshine City to enjoy Lightning games, residents have clamored for expanded service across the region.

Would you like to see comprehensive ferry service in the Tampa Bay region?

Image of a light orange self-driving car on the waterfront
AVA at its launch in downtown St. Petersburg

AVA hits the streets of Dunedin

This isn’t the only transportation innovation PSTA has worked toward.

PSTA is continuing its autonomous vehicle testing in a new location and with a different type of autonomous vehicle. After a successful 5-month span of carrying nearly 5,000 passengers in St. Petersburg, the autonomous shuttle, AVA, is heading to Dunedin with a new look. The 3-month pilot officially opened to the public on Douglas Avenue & Main Street on Wednesday, May 19.

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