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Ride PSTA buses free with Flamingo Fares through Sept. 1

July 1, 2021

Ride PSTA buses free with Flamingo Fares through Sept. 1

New Contactless Fares are Easier and Safer amid Covid


St. Petersburg, FL – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is launching an easier way for you to ride the bus, and you can test it out for free. The new electronic fare cards, with the catchy name Flamingo Fares, officially start July 5th with free rides through the end of August. Fares will resume on July 5th for customers without a Flamingo Fares app or card.

With Covid, the new system is safer because it’s contact free. You just have to tap your card or scan the app as you board on a PSTA bus. No more need for cash payments, which reduces driver and passenger contact – while making boarding faster.

“The health and safety of our drivers and riders is always our top priority, and it’s exciting to invest in technology that makes protecting them easier,” said Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PSTA.

Flamingo Fares are Tampa Bay’s version of digital tickets, like New York City’s Metro Card or Seattle’s Hop. The “smart card,” like a plastic credit card, may be reloaded with fares and reused over and over. Riders can also go card-free by just using the app.

“Not only are Flamingo Fares simpler to use, but it will also save riders money,” Miller said.

Unlike buying single tickets or guessing at how much they will ride, Flamingo Fare riders will experience a new benefit called “fare capping”. If riders reach the daily or monthly maximum fare, they won’t be charged for additional trips. Also, people who register their accounts online can quickly deactivate and replace lost cards for full balance protection.

PSTA is the only county transportation system giving out free Flamingo rides over the next two months. Cards will cost $3 each and regular fares apply starting September 1st, 2021.

Riders using PSTA magnetic stripe paper cards are encouraged to use them through December 2021. Starting January 1, 2022, these cards will no longer be accepted.

Flamingo Cards are available at the PSTA customer service window now or at over 90 retailers who sell PSTA passes beginning in September.

Go to FLAMINGOFARES.COM to register a Flamingo card, download the Flamingo Fares app, and pay for fares.




Stephanie Weaver

PSTA Communications & Public Relations Manager

O: (727) 540-1853 | C: (727) 249-6542


PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 12.1 million rides per year. PSTA operates 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 210 vehicles.