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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Express Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue corridor from downtown St. Petersburg to the Gulf beaches has some existing funding identified, and is the most “shovel-ready” project of the six potential corridors recommended in past studies, making it an ideal BRT “pilot project” for Pinellas County.

The goals of the Central Avenue BRT project are to develop and implement successful BRT service that

The Central Ave BRT will complement local service provided by the existing, and highly successful Central Avenue Trolley by providing expedited, limited stop travel from downtown St. Petersburg to the beaches, seven days a week on 1st Ave N (westbound) and 1st Ave S (eastbound).

The trolley route will continue to serve numerous destinations along the corridor, while the proposed BRT will serve only major stops in the corridor, cutting the current transit travel time from St. Pete to the beaches by more than a third.

This pilot BRT route will be the first of what may ultimately be a future network of rapid transit services connecting Clearwater Beach, Tampa International Airport, and other key tourist destinations and
economic centers.

Public Workshops

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will hold two public workshops on the Proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line Between St. Petersburg and the Beaches.

Projects built in our future begin with conversations today. We want to know what's important to you! Your ideas and opinions are needed to build the best project. Attend our community workshop and tell us what you want!

Monday, August 1, 2016

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg College - Downtown Center
244 2nd Ave N., Room DC-210, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Routes Serving Venue: 4, 14, 18, 20, 32, 74, and 79

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg College - Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave. N., Room SA114, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Routes Serving Venue: 5, 7, and 79

People not able to attend can find information and provide feedback online at or by calling PSTA InfoLine (727) 540-1900. PSTA staff will be on hand to discuss the plans to gather public opinion to be used as part of the project development.

Workshop Materials

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Project Schedule

The Scope is designed to be completed in phases as described below:

Task Description Schedule
Task One
Project Initiation and Corridor Analysis
Complete corridor analyses, guided by community input, culminating with the identification of alternatives for NEPA. Spring/Summer 2016
Task Two
Conceptual Design and Environmental Effects
Complete preliminary design and service plan guided by community concensus and complete the required efforts to satisfy NEPA through the completion of the PD&E. Fall 2016 to Spring 2017
Task Three
Documentation and FTA Small Starts Submittal
Submit Evaluation and Justification Package for FTA Small Starts Program (before 7/1/17) Summer 2017
*Public engagement activities will be held during all three tasks.

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