Transit Update from the CEO – February 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 February 27th meeting:

Referendum for a 21st Century Transit System for Pinellas County Moving Forward

  • Board of County CommissionersThe Pinellas Board of County Commissioners voted 5-1 yesterday, to schedule a one cent sales tax referendum on the November 4, 2014 ballot to fund significant transit improvements throughout Pinellas County including bus, trolleybus, enhanced bus services and planning for future rail service. After nearly 3 hours of public comment for those for and against setting the date, only Commissioner Norm Roche voted against setting the date.

What It Will Cost – Baseline Financial Plan Approved

  • The PSTA Board reviewed and accepted the 2012 Completed Alternatives Analysis Financial Plan showing how the sales tax estimated revenue of $128M per year while eliminating PSTA’s existing ad valorem property tax would support these transit improvements.
  • This analysis will be reviewed with the Advisory Committee for Pinellas Transportation (ACPT) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in the coming weeks.

PSTA’s Community Bus Plan Goals and Upcoming Meetings

  • Pinellas Community Bus Plan logoWork on the Community Bus Plan continues into the next phases. Rider surveys have been collected and are being tabulated and analyzed. The Board of Directors has decided the goals of the plan are about people, service and finance. And, the goals are applicable for our riders today as well as our future ones.
  • Upcoming engagement events that are open to the public are scheduled:
    •  Palm Harbor Library – March 7th, 6 p.m.
    • Big ‘C’ Barrier Islands Council @ North Redington Beach Chamber of Commerce – March 27th, 8:30 a.m.

Florida Legislative Platform for 2013

  • leg platformPSTA Legislative Committee Chair Darden Rice and CEO Brad
    Miller reported on their successful trip last week to meet with Pinellas legislators in Tallahassee.
  • They also met with transit leaders from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Thank you former County Commissioner Neil Brickfield

  • neilNeil Brickfield stopped by PSTA’s Board Meeting today to be recognized for his 6 years of PSTA Board Service.
  • During his PSTA tenure, he was a strong leader in effective restructuring of Pinellas transportation under the Medicaid and Transportation Disadvantaged program and the PSTA Board thanked him for this service.

Finally, Check out PSTA’s Most Watched YouTube Video Bus Buzz Episode 2: “Busting the Empty Bus Myth”

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