Trull discussed the advantages of the program while giving practical details regarding its implementation. Coast St. Pete, as it will be known, will draw even more visitors to the city while decreasing congestion. It will offer attractive urban connectivity, improved quality of life, enhanced economic development, and equitable mobility options. The 300 bicycles on 350 racks will be rented at rates ranging from $8 daily to $79 yearly ($55 for students), and the program will launch in the fall. The ongoing selection process for rack sites is guided by considerations of visibility, round-the-clock access, and connectivity, and driven by community input.
Cassandra Borchers delivered an update on PSTA’s fast-approaching Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Public meetings will be held in August, and the bus-buying process is already underway. Environmental concerns are always in the city’s mind, and the buses will be a mix of hybrid and fully electric vehicles. PSTA is currently seeking input on which beach (Madeira, Treasure Island, or St. Pete Beach) should be the Central Avenue BRT West connection.
Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik spoke about the St. Pete-Tampa ferry project. Service is projected to start on the first of November, and will run seven days a week until the end of April. The 350-passenger ships will take commuters and sports fans alike across the bay at a brisk 35 miles per hour. On the Pinellas side, the dock will be located at the St. Pete Vinoy Basin near the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
The final part of the meeting included a break out session for the Urban Mobility and Regional Accessibility Subcommittees. Each group identified transportation projects and initiatives that the Chamber could either initiate or convene. The subcommittee Chairs; Martha Boden – Urban Mobility and Mike Funsch – Regional Accessibility are going to host a regularly scheduled conference call with subcommittee members. If you are interested in serving on either subcommittee, please contact Travis Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.