St. Petersburg, Fla. – A life-sized gas pump plunging into 350-gallons of water might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of public transportation – but it will be now!
“For some reason people get really excited about the idea of dunking people in water, so we thought this would be a great way to get people excited about public transportation,” said PSTA Spokesperson Ashlie Handy. “Just look how popular the ice bucket challenge got to be. That is the type of energy we want to see about public transit.”
Tampa Bay Rays mascot threw out the first pitch and sent PSTA intern Jordan Leitheiser plunging into the ice-water filled tank. St. Petersburg Council Member Wengay Newton took a turn to show his support for public transit and PSTA by dunking the pump.
“A great city needs to have great public transportation, and St. Petersburg is a great city,” said Council Member Newton. “PSTA provides more than just rides for the people of St. Petersburg, it provides stability.”
PSTA staffers handed out system maps and told onlookers about route and fare information. Those who were successful in dumping the pump received a free one-day bus pass, and were encouraged to use it Thursday, June 18th for the national holiday.
About PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 14.5 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 203 vehicles. To learn more about the services offered by PSTA, or for schedule and fare information, passengers are invited to call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900, or visit . PSTA is an equal opportunity employer.