For immediate release: April 19, 2013
Who: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
What: Offering easy, environmentally-friendly transportation
When: Earth day along with the other 364 days a year
Where: Throughout Pinellas County and to Tampa
Why: To provide transportation options, cut demand for oil and to protect the environment.
Monday, April 22, 2013 is Earth Day and it’s never been easier to dump your car for the day and ride PSTA. Here’s how:
First, you’ll want to plan your trip. For that you can use the Google Trip planner located on PSTA’s home page at www.psta.net or you can simply call the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900* to speak with a live Customer Service Representative. They’ll be happy to help you plan your trip and answer any questions you may have, such as discount fare information. It only costs $2.00 to ride one way (full fare) or $4.50 to ride all day, plus you can buy your daily bus pass right on the bus, though exact change is required.
Then, when you’re ready to travel, you can call, text, logon or use a smartphone to check exactly when your bus will arrive at your stop with PSTA’s new Real Time Bus Information System. Current riders will tell you that it’s easier than you think to start enjoying the luxury of letting someone else navigate the traffic tangle that comes with living in Florida’s most densely populated county.
Still not sure? Then, check out PSTA’s “how to” videos on the agency’s “How to Ride” page: www.psta.net/howtoride.php. There you’ll find videos showing you how to pay your fare, how to ride if you use a wheelchair or mobility aid, how to use the Express Routes to Tampa and how to bring your bicycle with you when you ride.
If you have the day-off for Earth Day, why not try two of PSTA’s most popular routes serving Pinellas County’s award winning beaches? You can find a preview video and schedule for the Central Avenue Trolley (a one-seat ride from the Pier to Pass-a-Grille) on the agency’s Central Avenue Trolley webpage: http://www.psta.net/CAT.php. Plus, there’s a similar video and timetable for the Suncoast Beach Trolley℠ on the Suncoast Beach Trolley℠ page at http://www.psta.net/beachtrolley.php.
* The PSTA InfoLine is open Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 8 PM, Saturday from 7 AM to 8 PM, Sundays and Holidays from 8 AM to 4:30 P.M.