U.S. Department of Transportation dedicating $21.8M for transit project connecting St. Pete to the beaches

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Here’s some major transportation news for the city of St. Petersburg. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced it will allocate $21.8 million for a major transportation project that would connect downtown St. Petersburg to the beaches. This has been years in the making for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

The BRT plan is a specialized, train-like transit service with frequently arriving buses – often running in their own specially dedicated lane.

BRT features specially branded buses and stations that give riders the look, feel and experience of rail transit. The vessels also feature WiFi for added customer experience.

According to PSTA, BRT will offer an unprecedented affordable commute option for the 50,000 jobs that are located within a half mile of the project corridor.

The 20-mile roundtrip service will feature 31 stations with a proposed pickup frequency of every 15 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes in the evening.

BRT’s total projected cost is a little more than $43M, so this huge allocation will go a long way to bringing rapid transit to the Sunshine City and the nearby beaches.

You can see a full outline of the plan on PSTA’s website. The projected debut of BRT could be sometime in mid to late 2021.

Would you take this service to the beaches? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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