PSTA and City of Clearwater Partner to Provide Free Spring Break Park & Ride
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2019
Service includes free parking in downtown Clearwater with a shuttle to Clearwater Beach.
St. Petersburg, FL – Clearwater Beach was recently named #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row. So, it’s no surprise that traffic in Clearwater gets a bit heavy during spring break season. On average, more than 50,000 vehicles drive through the roundabout on a typical spring break day. To alleviate some of the traffic and stress, the City of Clearwater has partnered with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) to provide a free Spring Break Park & Ride.
During the months of March and April you can park for free in the former City Hall lot (112 S. Osceola Ave.). A trolley will pick up every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday -Thursday and every 15 minutes 10 a.m. – midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Return service to the Park & Ride lot boards at the Clearwater Beach Marina (25 Causeway Blvd.).
“Parking is plentiful, but often quickly filled on the beach during the busy spring season,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos. “The City of Clearwater is again pleased to partner with PSTA to promote this year’s improved Park & Ride program to provide beach visitors and employees with a free alternative for getting to America’s #1 beach during this busy season.”
This is the third year PSTA and the city have partnered to provide enhanced public transportation services as an alternative to driving and parking on the beach. In the first ten days of this year’s program there has already been roughly 1,200 trips taken on the Spring Break Park & Ride service. That’s an average of about 480 cars taken off the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. Ridership is expected to increase exponentially during the next few weeks, especially during the expanded 2019 Sugar Sand Festival April 12-28.
“Our purpose in this partnership is to provide an easy, relaxing way to get to our famous beaches. We’ve heard positive comments from residents and visitors alike who appreciate the convenience of parking for free and enjoying the ride to the beach,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. “The success of this program is largely due to the support we have received from the City of Clearwater.
For more information on the Spring Break Park & Ride service call PSTA’s InfoLine at 727-540-1900 or visit psta.net/springbreak
About PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 13 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 50 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 300 vehicles. More information is available at www.psta.net.