Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) provides public transportation for Pinellas County, Florida. The authority manages a bus system that encompasses over 40 bus routes - including 2 express routes to Tampa, 3 flex-route neighborhood connectors (the PSTA North County Connector), the Central Avenue Trolley, and the Suncoast Beach Trolley - and uses all Gillig made buses and trolley replicas).
|Headquarters||3201 Scherer Drive, |
St. Petersburg, Florida
|Locale||Pinellas County, Florida|
|Service area||Pinellas County|
|Service type||bus service|
|Alliance||Pinellas County Government|
|Daily ridership||14.5 Million annually|
|Fuel type||Diesel Hybrid Electric|
|Chief executive||Brad Miller|
- PSTA began in the early 1900s as the St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System (SPMTS). The system began with a streetcar line to Gulfport and eight buses to run several routes throughout the St. Pete area. By 1928, ridership on the system hit 4.2 million. In 1949, the Gulfport streetcar system was closed, marking the end of streetcar service in Pinellas County. Meanwhile, transit service elsewhere continued to expand.
- In 1970, the Central Pinellas Transit Authority (CPTA) was formed, serving the Clearwater area and northern Pinellas. The agency was fully established by 1973 and operated 9 routes with a fleet of 21 buses. The CPTA saw 900,000 riders in its first year of service. In 1975, SPMTS begins paratransit services and both agencies continue to expand their fleet. In 1978, tourist trolley service (using trolley-replica buses) began in downtown St. Petersburg and became successful. By the 1980s, the two agencies formed a cooperative agreement, which allowed the expansion of routes throughout Pinellas County.
- In October 1984, the two companies merged to create the PSTA. In the years following their merger, PSTA operated nearly 80 routes with a fleet or nearly 130 buses. The agency begins installing electronic fareboxes and completed its central Pinellas operations center, as well as several bus terminals. In 1990, PSTA obtained its first express route, previously operated by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART). Also in 1990, PSTA established a cross-county bus route via US 19.
- Massive expansion and improvements took place during the 1990s and well into the 2000s. PSTA constructed its Williams Park terminal in downtown St. Pete in 1994. In 1996, the agency introduced electronic fare cards (called GO Cards) and began replacing their outdated bus fleets with a combination of New Flyer and Gillig buses. In 2001, the Suncoast Beach Trolley began service along the gulf coast beaches and in 2003, PSTA purchased a fleet of buses (from Motor Coach Industries) to operate its express routes. Additional capital improvements were made during the early 2000s as well, including the renovation of the Park Street Terminal. In 2001, the website PSTA.net debuted.
- In 2004, HART and PSTA began an intersystem passport to allow patrons from either county to use each other's bus systems without paying additional fares. A year later, PSTA's current operations center opened near Roosevelt Boulevard. In 2006, PSTA expanded its fleet with the purchase of 48 Gillig low-floor buses. HART and PSTA agreed to honor each other's reduced fare photo permits. In 2007, PSTA introduced an online trip planning system. This system allowed patrons to better plan out their trip throughout the PSTA system. In 2009, the interface was scrapped in favor of a partnership with Google, which HART began partnership back in 2007. This newest alliance allows patrons to seamlessly plan their trips on both the PSTA and HART systems. PSTA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tampa Bay Regional RT), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to conduct an Alternatives Analysis of transit corridors in Pinellas County. The study would focus on the area between downtown Clearwater, Gateway, and downtown St. Petersburg. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recognized the MOU as an excellent example of inter-agency cooperation.PSTA partnered with the MPO, TBARTA and Pinellas County Communications to carry out the region’s first ever eTownHall Meeting on Transit and the Pinellas County Alternatives Analysis. The event was broadcast live on PCC-TV and on the web, and citizens were able to participate online or via telephone. It was the first time that all three technologies were combined for a Town Hall type of event in Pinellas County. In 2010 PSTA added 14 Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses, bringing the hybrid fleet up to a total of 24 vehicles. These vehicles are branded with the SmartBus logos and are painted a sleek shade of silver.Agency leaders decided that investing in the environmentally friendly and fuel-saving hybrid technology was the best move for both PSTA and the community. As a result, PSTA replaced 10 standard gasoline cars with new Ford Fusion hybrid-electrics. Like their hybrid bus counterparts, the agency has branded its new hybrid sedans as SmartCars.
- In 2012, PSTA launched the North County Connector flex-route van service, allowing customers in areas of northern Pinellas to have access to transit service - including those in neighborhoods by which regular transit buses have difficulty accessing or where a traditional fixed bus route would have lower ridership projections. The three routes have since been modified to serve areas with demand for the service .
PSTA operates 35 routes (including one limited express route) that traverse Pinellas County and 2 express routes that connect into downtown Tampa.
|No.||Name||Terminus 1||Terminus 2||Operates||Direction||Notes|
|4||4th Street||34th St. N Transfer Center (PSTA Facility) - St. Petersburg||25 Way/Roy Hanna Drive - St. Petersburg||Daily (Frequent Weekday Service)||Bi-Directional||Buses run every 20 minutes during early mornings on weekdays, every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays, every 30 minutes during evenings on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays and holidays|
|5||Tyrone Square Mall via 5th Ave. N||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||5th Ave. N/2nd St. N - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|7||Tyrone Square Mall via Midtown/9th Ave. N||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||2nd Ave. S/4th St. S - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|9||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N/Gateway||Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg||1st Ave. N/6th St. N - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional (serves 116th Ave. N, Goodwill Industries, and Gateway Mall in a one-way clockwise pattern). Serves the St. Petersburg Greyhound station.|
|11||Carillon/Pinellas Point||34th St. N Transfer Center (PSTA Facility) - St. Petersburg||25 Way/Roy Hanna Drive - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional||Hourly service seven days a week|
|14||Palms of Pasadena Hospital||3rd Ave. N/4th St. N - St. Petersburg||Palms of Pasadena Hospital - South Pasadena||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|15||Gulfport||2nd Ave. S/4th St. S - St. Petersburg||Gulfport Casino - Gulfport||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|16||16th St. N||Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg||3rd Ave. N/4th St. N - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional||Limited Service (buses depart every hour and 10 minutes, seven days a week)|
|18||Clearwater/Bay Pines VA Medical Center/St. Petersburg via Seminole Blvd/Tyrone Square||1st Ave. N/3rd St. N - St. Petersburg||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Daily (Frequent Weekday Service)||Bi-Directional||Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes during weekdays, every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and hourly on Sundays and holidays|
|19||US 19 North of Largo||Largo Transit Center - Largo||Huey Ave. & Tarpon Ave. - Tarpon Springs||Daily||Bi-Directional||Buses leave every 30 to 40 minutes Monday through Saturday and every hour on Sundays and holidays|
|20||Pinellas Point/Tyrone Square||Roy Hanna Dr & 25 Way S - St. Petersburg||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional||Hourly service seven days a week|
|22||22nd Ave. N, Northwest Community Center, Tyrone Square Mall, and 4th & 22nd Ave||4th St. N/22nd Ave. N||Tyrone Square Mall-St.Petersburg||Monday thru Saturday||Bi-Directional (buses travel on a one-way counter-clockwise loop around 22nd Ave. N, 4th St. N, 30th Ave. N, and Dr. MLK St. N)||No Sunday Service|
|23||Tyrone Square Mall via 22nd Ave. S/Gulfport||3rd Ave. N/4th St. N - St. Petersburg||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|32||Downtown St. Petersburg Circulator||4th Ave. N/15th St. N - St. Petersburg||6th St. S/6th Ave. S - St. Petersburg||Monday Through Saturday Limited Service (Circulator)||One-Way Directional Loop|
|34||US 19 South of Largo/34th St. N||Largo Transit Center - Largo||46th Ave. S/34th St. S - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional (frequent weekday service)||Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays and holidays. Eckerd College is only served during select Monday through Saturday trips.|
|38||Downtown St. Pete/Tyrone Square Mall via 38th Ave. N||4th Ave. N/1st St. N- St. Petersburg||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|52||Grand Central/Downtown Clearwater via E Bay/W Bay Dr and 49th St. N||Grand Central Station - St. Petersburg||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Daily||Bi-Directional||Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes Monday through Friday (peak times), every 30 to 50 minutes Monday through Friday (off-peak times), every 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every hour on Sundays and holidays|
|58||Gateway Mall/Seminole City Center via 118th Ave. N||Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg||Seminole City Center - Seminole||Weekdays Only||Bi-Directional|
|59||Ulmerton Road||34th St. N Transfer Center (PSTA Facility) - St. Petersburg||1 St. & 4 Ave. - Indian Rocks Beach||Daily||Bi-Directional||15 minutes weekday peak and midday service, 30 minute Saturday service, and hourly Sunday and holiday service|
|60||McMullen Booth Frontage Road/Downtown Clearwater||McMullen Booth Frontage Road - Clearwater||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Daily||Bi-Directional||McMullen Booth Road is only served on select trips|
|61||Indian Rocks Beach/Dunedin||Indian Rocks Shopping Center - Indian Rocks||Westfield Countryside - Clearwater||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|62||Tyrone Square Mall/The Shoppes of Boot Ranch||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||The Shoppes of Boot Ranch - Palm Harbor||Monday through Saturday Only||Bi-Directional||Safety Harbor is no longer served as of October, 2016. Customers may use the Safety Harbor Flex Connector from Westfield Countryside to connect to Safety Harbor|
|65||Seminole City Center/Indian Rocks/Clearwater||Seminole City Center - Seminole||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|66L||Tarpon Springs/Indian Rocks Beach||Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks - Tarpon Springs||Morton Plant Hospital - Clearwater||Weekdays Only (Peak Times)||Bi-Directional||Select Peak Direction trips serve Clearwater Fundamental Middle School|
|67||Downtown Clearwater/Downtown Oldsmar via SR 580 & Hercules||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Downtown Oldsmar||Monday through Saturday Only||Bi-Directional|
|68||Tyrone Square Mall/John's Pass Village||John's Pass Village - Madeira Beach||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|73||Tyrone Square Mall/Downtown Clearwater via Keene Rd/Starkey Rd/Park St||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Monday through Saturday Only||Bi-Directional|
|74||Gateway Mall/Seminole City Center via Park Blvd||Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg||Seminole City Center - Seminole||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|75||Tyrone Square Mall/Gateway Mall||Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg||Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|76||Downtown Clearwater/Westfield Countryside via Belcher Road & Sunset Point||Westfield Countryside - Clearwater||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Monday through Saturday Only||Bi-Directional|
|78||Downtown Clearwater/Westfield Countryside via SR 580||Westfield Countryside - Clearwater||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|79||St. Petersburg/Largo Transit Center via 66th St. N||3rd Ave. N/4th St. N - St. Petersburg||Largo Transit Center - Largo||Daily||Bi-Directional|
|90||St. Pete Beach/Downtown St. Pete||Grand Central Station - St. Petersburg||St. Pete Beach||Daily||Bi-Directional||Peak hours only|
|97||49th St. & Carillon/Downtown St. Pete||Williams Park - St. Petersburg||Criminal Justice Center - Clearwater||Weekdays only||Peak direction only||Peak hours only|
|98||49th St. & Carillon/Downtown Clearwater||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||Carillon Office Complex - St. Petersburg||Weekdays only||Peak direction only||Peak hours only|
|CAT||Central Avenue Trolley||The Pier - St. Petersburg||9th Ave. and Gulf Way - Pass-a-Grille||Daily||Bi-Directional||Extended weekend service; frequent weekday service|
|SBT||Suncoast Beach Trolley||Park Street Terminal - Clearwater||75th Ave and Gulf Blvd - St. Pete Beach||Daily||Bi-Directional||Frequent time shifts every day. Provides circular service at Island Estates connecting the Jolley Trolley.|
|52LX||Clearwater/St. Pete Limited Express||Park Street Terminal, Downtown Clearwater||Grand Central Station, Downtown St. Petersburg.||Weekdays Only||Bi-Direction||Also serve Largo Transit Center, PSTA Complex and Pinellas Park Transit Center. Connects along with Route 52 with at least 52 bus stops.|
|100X||St. Petersburg/South Pinellas Express||Downtown St. Petersburg (Pier District)||Marion Transit Center, Tampa||Weekdays Only||Bi-Directional||Also serves Gateway Mall (St. Petersburg) and Britton Plaza (Tampa)|
|300X||Central Pinellas Express||Ulmerton Park-N-Ride, St. Petersburg||Marion Transit Center, Tampa||Weekdays Only||Bi-Directional||Most trips also serve Tampa International Airport (Rental Car Center Bus Hub)|
Suncoast Beach TrolleyEdit
PSTA Suncoast Beach Trolley connects patrons to the Pinellas Gulf Coast Beaches via trolley-replica buses (similar to HART's downtown trolleys, but rubber-tired). The Suncoast Beach Trolley also connects to the Central Avenue Trolley (at St. Pete Beach) as well as local routes 59 (at Indian Rocks Beach), 68 (at Johns Pass) and 90 (at St. Pete Beach) for travel to and from other Pinellas destinations.
North County ConnectorEdit
There are three flex-route cutaway van-operated "Connector" routes that operate in northern Pinellas County. The Dunedin/Palm Harbor Connector runs from Westfield Countryside to the Palm Harbor WalMart (off US 19 and Alderman Rd), the Oldsmar/Tampa/Countryside Connector runs from Westfield Countryside to the HART Northwest Transfer Center in Town-N-Country, via Oldsmar and the Shoppes at Boot Ranch, and the Safety Harbor Connector runs from Westfield Countryside to Phillipe Park in Safety Harbor. All connector routes run Monday through Saturday.
Connection to PCPTEdit
In addition to the cross-bay express routes, PSTA also provides connections to Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) bus routes 18 and 19 via PSTA routes 19 and 66.
The PSTA bus fleet is all Gillig Buses
|2101-2116||40||Y||All revenue service buses are painted in the new livery. Some buses have been retired.|
|2002||Gillig G27D102N4, G27E102R2
|||2201-2210 (40-foot), 2230-2233 (29-foot)||40 and 29||Y||All revenue service buses are painted in the new livery. #'s 2204, 2205, 2210, 2230, and 2231 are no longer in service. #'s 2232 and 2233 are used as spares for the North County Connector.|
|2005||Gillig G29D102N4, G29B102N4, G29E102R2
|||2501-2508 (40-foot), 2510-2517 (35-foot), 2530-2534 (29-foot)||40, 35 and 29||Y||All revenue service buses are painted in the new livery. #'s 2530 through 2534 are used for the North County Connector.|
|2006||Gillig G29D102N4, G29B102N4
|||2601-2636 (40-foot), 2650-2661 (35-foot)||40 and 35||Y||All of these buses are in the new livery.|
|2007||Gillig G29D102N4, G29B102N4
|2701-2711 (40-foot), 2712-2718 (35-foot)||40 and 35||Y||All of these buses are in the new livery.|
|2008||Gillig G27D102N4, G27B102N4
Low Floor 35FT and 40FT
|||2801-2815 (40-foot), 2830-2835 (35-foot)||40 and 35||Y||All of these buses are in the new livery.|
|2009-2019||Gillig G30B102N4, G27B102N4
|2901-2903 (35-foot hybrid), 2910-2911 (35-foot straight diesel), 10101-10114 (35-foot hybrid), 12101-12108 (40-foot hybrid), 13101-13108 (40-foot hybrid), 14101-14108 (40-foot hybrid), 15101-15113 (40-foot hybrid), 16101-16107 (40-foot hybrid), 17101-17103 (35-foot hybrid), 18101-18109 (35-foot hybrid - all bus 18109 are in service as of 12/16/18), 19101-19109 (35-foot hybrid - on order, expected delivery Spring 2019)||35/40||Y||#'s 16101, 16103, & 16106 are now specifically designated for Route 300X service with special wrapping and on-board luggage racks.
|2018-2019||BYD K9||18110-18111 (18110 is in service as of 12/16/18, 18111 has not yet entered service), 19110-19111 (on order, expected delivery Fall, 2019)||35||N||Currently on order. First battery electric buses for PSTA. To be used on the expanded Downtown St. Petersburg "Looper" route.
|1801-1808||30||N||Currently being prepped for service as of 12/16/18 - to replace the aging 2002 and 2005 vehicles for the North County Connector|
Low Floor Trolley
|720-722||35||Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Classics.|
Low Floor Trolley
|820-825||35||Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Classics. Powered by clean diesel.|
Hybrid Low Floor Trolley
|920-926||35||Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Classics. Powered by the same Advanced Hybrid drive train as the SmartBus. Distinguishable by a white roof.|
|Year||Builder/Model||Example||Numbers (if available)||Length
|Time in service||Number of buses in fleet||Notes|
|101-121||30||from Central Pinellas Transit Authority|
|201-214||35||from Central Pinellas Transit Authority|
|1164-1173||35||from St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System|
|401-410||35||from Central Pinellas Transit Authority|
|1174-1187||35||from St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System|
|601-614||35||from Central Pinellas Transit Authority|
|1200-1224||40||from St. Petersburg Municipal Transit System||first 40-foot buses in St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
|701-707||35||from Central Pinellas Transit Authority|
|1001-1015||35||First buses bought new by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority|
|8301-8308||40||Bought used from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit||formerly HART 311, 313-318, 321|
|1992||Bus Industries of America
|1995||Advanced Vehicle Systems
|2001||30||Battery-operated electric bus|
|||9601-9615||40||1996–2008||Retired in 2008|
|||9701-9735 (35-foot), 9750-9759 (30-foot)||30 and 35||1997–2009||Retired in 2009|
|2003||Motor Coach Industries (MCI)
|2301-2310||40||2003-2018||10||Originally used for Express Routes 100X and 300X. PSTA decided to use regular transit buses on the routes upon retirement instead of purchasing another coach fleet, and 2309 was the last unit to run in service as of May 2017.|