National Transit Expert to Address PSTA Board

Who: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
What: Hosting Darnell Grisby, Director of Policy Development and Research from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
When: April 23, 2014 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (preceding the PSTA regular Board Meeting at 6:00 pm)
Where:PSTA Board Room, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Why:  For a special presentation on the impact of public transit on America’s communities and the new demand for improved transit service from our country’s younger generations

imageThe largest generation in U.S. History and the most multi-modal could be a game changer for public transportation and America’s transportation network as a whole.  The millennial generation, people 18 to 34, were the subject of a recent study released by APTA.   “Millennials and Mobility” was a two phased approach to gather both qualitative and qualitative data from this group through telephone interviews and online surveys.   In general, the study shows that millennials are leading a trend of Americans who are returning to walkable cities and suburbs with multiple transportation options that included vibrant public transit.

“Now is the time to be pro-active in creating a multi-modal transportation system to address this generation’s demands and lifestyles,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.  Peter Varga, APTA Chair and CEO adds, “Public transportation is the backbone of a multi-modal transportation system because it provides the opportunity to multi-task and socialize online while traveling. We should encourage the creation of digital tools.”

PSTA CEO Brad Miller says, “I invite all Pinellas County residents to join PSTA on Wednesday, April 23rd at 5 PM for a special presentation, “America’s Future is Riding on Public Transit.”  The program will take place at PSTA’s Administration and Operations Facilities, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg.  Mr. Darnell Grisby, Director of Policy Development and Research at APTA and one of the nation’s leading authorities in this subject matter will be educating us about “Millennials and Mobility.”

Mr. Miller explains, “This information is critical to future of Pinellas County and entire Tampa Bay region.  The implementation of the Greenlight Pinellas Plan is on the horizon and this information will ensure we are on the right track with our efforts.”

If you plan on attending and need directions, visit www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 727.540.1900.

To learn more about the future of public transit in Pinellas County and to learn about the Greenlight Pinellas Plan, visit www.greenlightpinellas.com.

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