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PSTA Board agrees to ask county commission for new funding source

PSTA Board agrees to ask county commission for new funding source

Pinellas County, Florida -- The PSTA Board of Directors made a historic advancement in improving Pinellas County’s transit service.

By a unanimous vote at its monthly meeting on Jan. 23, the Board agreed to ask the County Commission to include a transit improvement sales tax on the November 2014 ballot moving more than 30 years of planning forward.

Financial data shows that PSTA’s current revenues will not be enough to maintain current service levels in the coming years, let alone improving the transit system.

Capri and Palms bridge replacement starts Monday

Capri and Palms bridge replacement starts Monday

Treasure Island, Florida -- A project to replace two 60-year-old bridges on Treasure Island begins Monday, Jan. 21 and is expected to take about 10 months to complete.

Crews will construct new Isle of Palms bridge on 112th Avenue and a new Capri Isle bridge on 116th Avenue.

Both bridges will be built simultaneously, one half at a time, with the south sides of the bridges done first, followed by the north side.

Construction of the new bridges will affect traffic coming in and out of 112th and 116th Avenues.

Red light report

Red light report

Gulfport, Florida -- "The goal of our program,” Gulfport Police Lieutenant Josh Stone said of the city’s red light camera program, “was to reduce crashes”.

During last fiscal year (2011 – 2012), red light cameras at three intersections captured 3,501 total cars running red lights. The camera at 49th Street and 15th Avenue South recorded 1,288 violations; the one at 58th Street and Gulfport Boulevard,1,394; and the one at 49th Street and Gulfport Boulevard South, 819.

Of these, 64%...

View from the top

View from the top

St. Pete Beach, Florida -- In less than two months, you’ll be driving your car across the newly completed span of Bayway Bridge.

St. Pete Beach commissioners met with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Bayway Bridge Project Manager Zack Adams Tuesday afternoon.

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Gulfport Marina: The Next Generation

Gulfport Marina: The Next Generation

Gulfport, Florida -- If you want to live aboard your boat, Gulfport Harbormaster Denis Frain wants you to come to Gulfport. Although city council has yet to approve such liveaboards or the improved facilities that would accompany liveaboard boaters, it heard a presentation from Harbormaster Frain that included allowing liveaboards.

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Expect delays during Marathon/Halfathon Sunday

Expect delays during Marathon/Halfathon Sunday

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- Expect temporary road closures Sunday during the 2013 Clearwater Marathon/Halfathon.

Between 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., police will be shutting down lanes of traffic to accommodate runners in the Marathon and the 5K Fitness Walk, 5 Miler and Halathon race.

Allowing for extra travel time is being recommended if you drive on Sand Key, Clearwater Beach, Memorial Causeway, Island Estates and the Harbor Oaks neighborhoods.

PSTA ridership reaches all-time high

PSTA ridership reaches all-time high

Pinellas County, Florida -- PSTA has big reason to celebrate this past year! The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority says they saw record numbers of riders -- for 14 months straight.

Officials say they were nervous the falling gas prices would hurt their 13-month streak of record boardings but, "Santa Claus didn't let us down a bit this year," according to PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher with a smile. “He brought us our 14th straight month of record ridership and he did it in a month when gas prices dropped below $3.00 a gallon.”