PSTA TRIED TO EXTORT $1.5 MILLION FROM THE ST PETE BEACH CITY COMMISSION IN 2018 TO PAY TOWARD THE BRT PROJECT. ST PETE BEACH SAID NO! YET PSTA HAS DECEPTIVELY SUBMITTED TO THE FEDERAL GRANT APPLICATION AS COMING.
(Dateline St Pete Beach)
City doesn’t want 60-foot rapid transit buses on its roadways
In other news, city commissioners said they do not want large 60 feet wide PSTA rapid transit buses on its roadways, saying they are not a good fit for Gulf Boulevard. In contrast, most local PSTA buses are typically 40 feet wide.
Commissioners agreed transit stations for wider buses would take up too much space along Gulf Boulevard. Suggested rapid transit stops include the Don CeSar, an area near The TradeWinds and Sirata hotels, as well as 75th and Gulf Boulevard.
In addition, motorists would have much more difficulty maneuvering around a 60-foot-long bus on narrow Gulf Boulevard, commissioners said.
City officials said they plan to endorse a resolution asking PSTA not to tout St. Pete Beach as a potential funding source of $1.5 million for its rapid transit project.
City Attorney Andrew Dickman advised the city to send PSTA a letter asking them to stop suggesting St. Pete Beach agree to be a rapid transit funding source in its literature.
Pletcher questioned whether the city “would be way more effective” if it used the $750,000 paid to PSTA each year to operate its own bus system.
Rather than being a part of the PSTA system, St. Pete Beach contracts to pay for bus service. Friszolowski said it looks like PSTA is trying “to get us into their system without them even asking.”
Friszolowski added he “wouldn’t mind us creating our own system again.”
The commission plans to discuss the topic again when it considers a resolution at a future meeting.