Transit Update from the CEO – January 2013

After the monthly meeting of PSTA’s Board of Directors, CEO Brad Miller puts together a summary of important topics that were discussed. Here is that recap from the January 23rd meeting:

PSTA Board Votes Unanimously (15-0) to Ask for November 2014 Sales Tax Referendum

  • PSTA January 2013 Board MeetingAfter more than 60 public speakers and more than 3 hours of comment before a packed PSTA board room, the PSTA Board voted unanimously to ask the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners to place a one-percent transportation sales tax referendum on the November 4, 2014 Ballot.
  • With all 4 of the PSTA Board’s Pinellas County Commissioners voting in support today, it is likely that the County Board will consider confirming this schedule next month.
  • When faced with the stark choice of either moving forward towards a sustainable revenue source to create a substantially improved transit system for Pinellas County or further reducing the current bus system by nearly a third, the PSTA Board emphatically chose to take the next step.
  • Approving the November 2014 date now allows the significant amount of transportation planning already underway to continue in 2013 so that a comprehensive package of transportation improvements can be ultimately presented to the voters of Pinellas County.

Inter-Agency Advisory Committee’s Role Approved

  • The PSTA Board approved a revised committee structure that allowed PSTA to take the lead in recommending the package of improvements for County consideration but strengthened the role of the Advisory Committee for Pinellas Transit (ACPT) to emphasize the important roles the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) and the Tampa Bay Area Regional  Transportation Authority (TBARTA) will play in coordinating transportation improvements.

Introducting PSTA’s New Amenity Partnership Program

  • Does your city have a corridor redevelopment plan?  Or maybe a Downtown Master Plan?  Then PSTA wants to partner with you!
  • Earlier this month, PSTA finalized is requirements for providing capital funding support and coordinated planning to existing community planning efforts that benefit public transportation users.
  • PSTA developed the program after a successful recent partnership to provide funding to the City of St. Petersburg for transit improvements in their Central Avenue Corridor district.
  • For more information please contact me or PSTA’s Chief Development Officer Cassandra Borchers at CBorchers@psta.net

Welcome City of Safety Harbor Commissioner Cliff to the PSTA Board!    

  • In addition to Safety Harbor, Mr. Merz will also represent the Cities of Tarpon Springs and Oldsmar on the Board.
  • PSTA welcomed two new members to its 15-member Board.

Sincerely,
Brad Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

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