Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

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PSTA logo.png
Parent PSTA
Founded 1984
Headquarters 3201 Scherer Drive,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Locale Pinellas County, Florida
Service area Pinellas County
Service type bus service
Alliance Pinellas County Government
Routes 37[1]
Stops 5,109
Fleet 203[1]
Daily ridership 14.5 Million annually
Fuel type Diesel Hybrid Electric
Chief executive Brad Miller
Website psta.net

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) provides public transportation for Pinellas County, Florida. The authority manages a bus system that encompasses 40, including 2 express routes to Hillsborough County, and the Suncoast[2] Beach Trolley (using all Gillig made buses and trolley replicas).

History[edit]

  • 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.[2] 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.

Fares[edit]

New fare changes went into effect on 10-11-2015.[3]

  • One-Way Cash Fares
  • PSTA Passes
    • 1-Day Unlimited GO Card
    • 7-Day Unlimited GO Card
    • 31-Day Unlimited GO-Card uRides for 31 Consecutive Days.
      Not valid on 100X and 300X.
      Valid for: Adult Student, Youth, Senior, Disabled, (with proper ID)* ID Required: Adult Student ID, PSTA Senior/Disabled Photo ID, HART Senior/Disabled Photo ID, PCPT Senior/Disabled Photo ID, Government-issued Photo ID (showing age as of 65 years or older), or Medicare Card. To obtain a PSTA Senior/Disabled Photo ID, present proof of age 65 years or older at a PSTA Customer Service Center. *Reduced Fare now includes adult students, youth 18 and younger as well as people with disabilities and Medicare cardholders.
    • 20-Ride GO Card
      • Description: Valid for 20 Rides on the 100X and 300X Express Buses
        to Tampa
        ID Required: None Fee $48.00

Platinum Pass -Description: Unlimited Rides for 7 Consecutive Days - for Youth 18 years or younger. Not valid on 100X and 300X. ID Required: PSTA Youth Photo ID, HART Youth Photo ID, Pasco PCPT Youth Photo ID, Government-issued Photo ID (showing age of 18 years or younger), or School Student ID. To obtain a PSTA Youth Photo ID, present proof of age 18 years or younger at a PSTA Customer Service Center.$12.50

  • 'The Passport'Description: Unlimited Access on All PSTA and HART Services for an Entire Calendar Month ID Required: None
    • For use on all PSTA and HART Bus, Trolley, and Streetcar Routes. Only $85.00

Bus routes[edit]

PSTA operates 34 routes that traverse Pinellas County and 2 express routes that connect into downtown Tampa.[4]

Local[edit]

No. Name Starting oakhurst rd at 86 Terminus Operates Direction Notes
4 4th Street Goodwill Industries Suncoast Facility - St. Petersburg 25 Way/Roy Hanna Drive - St. Petersburg Daily (Frequent Weekday Service) Bi-Directional Buses run every 20 to 30 minutes on weekdays
5 Tyrone Square Mall via 5th Ave N Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Daily Bi-Directional Limited Sunday Service
7 Tyrone Square Mall via Central Plaza Terminal Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Daily (Frequent Weekday Service) Bi-Directional
11 Carillon/Pinellas Point PSTA Headquarters - St. Petersburg 25 Way/Roy Hanna Drive - St. Petersburg Weekday Service Only Bi-Directional
14 Palms of Pasadena Hospital Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Palms of Pasadena Hospital - South Pasadena Monday through Saturday Service Only Bi-Directional
15 Gulfport Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Gulfport Casino - Gulfport Daily Bi-Directional
18 Clearwater/Bay Pines VA Medical Center/St. Petersburg via Seminole Blvd/Tyrone Square Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Park Street Terminal - Clearwater Daily (Frequent Weekday Service) Bi-Directional Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes during weekday peak hours. Limited Sunday Service.
19 US 19 46th Ave & 34th St - St. Petersburg Huey Ave & Tarpon Ave - Tarpon Springs Daily (Frequent Weekday Service) Bi-Directional Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes during weekday peak hours. Limited Sunday Service.
20 Pinellas Point/Tyrone Square Roy Hanna Dr & 25 Way S - St. Petersburg Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg Daily Bi-Directional Limited Sunday Service.
22 22nd Ave N, Northwest Community Center, Tyrone Square Mall, and 4th & 22nd Ave 22 Ave N Tyrone Square Mall-St.Petersburg Monday thru Saturday Bi-Directional No Sunday Service
23 Tyrone Square Mall via 22nd Ave S/Gulfport Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg Daily Bi-Directional Limited Sunday Service.
32 Downtown St. Petersburg Circulator Williams Park Transit Center - St. Petersburg Arlington Ave/11th St - St. Petersburg Monday Through Saturday Limited Service (Circulator) One-Way Directional Loop
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
38 Downtown St. Pete/Tyrone Square Mall via 38th Ave N Williams Park - St. Petersburg Tyrone Square Mall - St. Petersburg Daily Bi-Directional
52 Downtown St. Pete/Downtown Clearwater via E Bay/W Bay Dr Williams Park - St. Petersburg Park Street Terminal - Clearwater Daily Bi-Directional Late service on weekdays.
58 Gateway Mall/Redington Gateway Mall - St. Petersburg Gulf Blvd & Park Blvd - Redington Shores Daily Bi-Directional
59 Williams Park/Indian Rocks Beach via MLK St & Ulmerton Rd Williams Park - St. Petersburg 1 St & 4 Ave - Indian Rocks Beach Daily Bi-Directional Serves the St. Petersburg Greyhound station.
60 McMullen Booth Frontage Road/Downtown Clearwater McMullen Booth Frontage Road - Clearwater Park Street Terminal - Clearwater Daily Bi-Directional
61 Indian Rocks Beach/Dunedin Indian Rocks Shopping Center - Indian Rocks Palm Lake Village - Dunedin 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
66 Tarpon Springs/Indian Rocks Beach Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks - Tarpon Springs Indian Rocks Shopping Center - Indian Rocks Daily Bi-Directional
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 Williams Park & Downtown St. Pete/Indian Rocks Beach via Park Blvd Williams Park - St. Petersburg Indian Rocks Shopping Center - Indian Rocks 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 Rd & 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 Downtown St. Pete/Whitney Rd & US 19 Williams Park - St. Petersburg Whitney Road - Clearwater 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
444 Pinellas Park Circulator Chrystal Lakes Manor Walmart Via US19 Mainlands of Tamararac Weekdays only Circulator

Express services[edit]

No. Name Starting Point Terminus Operates Direction Notes
100X St. Petersburg/South Pinellas Express Gateway Mall, St. Petersburg Marion Transit Center, Tampa Weekdays Only Bi-Directional Operated by PSTA
200X Clearwater Express Marion Transit Center, Tampa Eddie C. Moore Complex Park-N-Ride, Clearwater Weekday Rush Hours Peak Direction Operated by HART.
300X Central Pinellas Express Ulmerton Park-N-Ride, St. Petersburg Marion Transit Center, Tampa Weekdays Only Bi-Directional Operated by PSTA

Suncoast Beach Trolley[edit]

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 seamless travel to and from other Pinellas destinations.

North County Connector[edit]

There are two 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), with select trips going to the SPC Tarpon Springs Campus, and 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. Both connector routes run Monday through Saturday.

Connection to PCPT[edit]

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.

Active Fleet[edit]

The PSTA bus fleet encompasses of different models, Gillig, and Motor Coach Industries.

Transit buses[edit]

Year Builder/Model Example Numbers Length
(ft)
Active Notes
2000 Gillig G27D102N4

Low Floor

PSTA 2110.JPG 2101-2116 40 Y This fleet is mixed, with some buses painted in the new livery, and some retaining the old colors.
2002 Gillig G27D102N4, G27E102R2

Low Floor

[1] 2201-2210 (40-foot), 2230-2233 (29-foot) 40 and 29 Y This fleet is mixed, with some buses painted in the new livery, and some retaining the old colors.
2003 Motor Coach Industries Model D-60 MCI-60D 2301-2309(40-foot) 40 Y Express Buses from Pinellas County to Hillsborough County
2005 Gillig G29D102N4, G29B102N4, G29E102R2

Low Floor

[2] 2501-2508 (40-foot), 2510-2517 (35-foot), 2530-2534 (29-foot) 40, 35 and 29 Y Most of these buses are in the new livery.
2006 Gillig G29D102N4, G29B102N4

Low Floor

[3] 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

Low Floor

PSTA bus 2702.JPG 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

[4] 2801-2815 (40-foot), 2830-2835 (35-foot) 40 and 35 Y All of these buses are in the new livery.
2009-2015 Gillig G30B102N4, G27B102N4

Low Floor

BRT Gillig Bus 2901-2903 (35-foot hybrid), 2910-2911 (35-foot straight diesel)

10101-101XX (35-foot hybrid) 12101-15113 (40-foot hybrids)

35/40 Y 2901-2909 Hybrid known as the "Smartbus". 2910-2911 Non-Hybrid Clean Diesels Technology. 2010-2015 Also "Smartbus" Hybrids Gillig G30D102N4

Low Floor

2016 (Planned Purchase) Gillig

Low Floor

16101-16107 (Hybrid, unknown length) Unknown N These buses will also be "Smartbus" Hybrids

Trolley Replicas

Year Builder/Model Example Numbers Length
(ft)
Active 2007 Gillig G29B102N4

Low Floor "Trolley"

720-722 35 Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Concepts.
2008 Gillig G27B102N4

Low Floor "Trolley"

820-825 35 Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Concepts. Powered by clean diesel.
2009 Gillig G30B102N4

Hybrid Low Floor "Trolley"

920-926 35 Trolley-replica buses, modified by Cable Car Concepts. Powered by the same Advanced Hybrid drive train as the SmartBus. Distinguishable by a white roof.

Retired Fleet[edit]

Year Builder/Model Example Numbers (if available) Length
(ft)
Time in service Number of buses in fleet Notes
1973 General Motors

TDH3302A

101-121 30 from Central Pinellas Transit Authority
1975 General Motors

T6H4523A

201-214 35 from Central Pinellas Transit Authority
1976 General Motors

T6H4523A

1164-1173 35 from St Petersburg Municipal Transit System
1978 General Motors

TW7603

401-410 35 from Central Pinellas Transit Authority
1979 General Motors

T7W603

1174-1187 35 from St Petersburg Municipal Transit System
1980 General Motors

T7W603

601-614 35 from Central Pinellas Transit Authority
1982 General Motors

T80604

1200-1224 40 from St Petersburg Municipal Transit System first 40-foot buses in St Petersburg/Clearwater
1983 General Motors

T70604

701-707 35 from Central Pinellas Transit Authority
1985 Flxible

35096-6T

1001-1015 35 First buses bought new by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
1983 Flxible

40096-6T

8301-8308 40 Bought used from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit formerly HART 311, 313-318, 321
1989 Flxible

35096-6T

8901-8915 35
1991 Gillig

Spirit

9101-9110 30
1992 Bus Industries of America

Orion I/01.502

9201-9210 30
1993 Flxible

35096-6T

9301-9321 35
1994 Gillig

Phantom S50T3596

9401-9432 35 1994-
1995 Advanced Vehicle Systems

Electric

2001 30 Battery-operated electric bus
1996 New Flyer

D40LF

[5] 9601-9615 40 1996–2008 Retired in 2008
1997 New Flyer

D30LF, D35LF

[6] 9701-9735 (35-foot), 9750-9759 (30-foot) 30 and 35 1997–2009 Retired in 2009
1998 New Flyer

C40LF

9801-9804 40 1998- CNG fuel
1999 Gillig

G21D102N4

9901-9908 40 1999-

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