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Old 07-02-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I would like to discuss the transportation company PSTA.
http://www.psta.net/

I consider this thread to be a thread were all possible topics about PSTA could be discussed.

At first i have a question, why is there no bus line from St Petersburg to Treasure Island?
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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That's a good question. Here are my two theories:

1) There used to be a route, but it was deleted due to low ridership, or

2) Up until a few years ago, the Treasure Island Causeway was a toll bridge. (I believe it was a point of contention between Treasure Island and St. Pete.) Perhaps PSTA didn't want to pay a toll to run its buses over there without a good return in ridership.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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That's a good question. Here are my two theories:

1) There used to be a route, but it was deleted due to low ridership, or

2) Up until a few years ago, the Treasure Island Causeway was a toll bridge. (I believe it was a point of contention between Treasure Island and St. Pete.) Perhaps PSTA didn't want to pay a toll to run its buses over there without a good return in ridership.
there are a route on the pinellas bayway and that is a toll road.
Maybe the buses dont pay toll?

I think that there is a grudge between important people that decides in this matter that say that there will be no bus line to Treasure island.
I cannot understand why. I was reading somewhere that treasure island hosts St Petersburg municipal beach, isnt it strange then that there are no bus all central avenue all the way to the beach? It could be a nice tourist attraction and also benefit the people living along the route to have a central avenue shuttle that goes all the way from the pier to the beach in a long, straight line
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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The reason is low ridership. It costs too much to run empty buses to and from T.I. Those wishing to get to T.I. can catch the 35 form St. Petersburg to Corey and 75th and transfer to the Suncoast Beach Trolley, which will take them to T.I.
The majority of PSTA's budget comes from property taxes. The passage of Amendment 1 and the recession have resulted in a 30% drop in property tax revenue for the agency, which means PSTA can't afford to run lines that have low demand.
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