Express Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue corridor from downtown St. Petersburg to the Gulf beaches has some existing funding identified, and is the most “shovel-ready” project of the six potential corridors recommended in past studies, making it an ideal BRT “pilot project” for Pinellas County.
The goals of the Central Avenue BRT project are to develop and implement successful BRT service that
The Central Ave BRT will complement local service provided by the existing, and highly successful Central Avenue Trolley by providing expedited, limited stop travel from downtown St. Petersburg to the beaches, seven days a week on 1st Ave N (westbound) and 1st Ave S (eastbound).
The trolley route will continue to serve numerous destinations along the corridor, while the proposed BRT will serve only major stops in the corridor, cutting the current transit travel time from St. Petersburg to the beaches by more than a third.
This pilot BRT route will be the first of what may ultimately be a future network of rapid transit services connecting Clearwater Beach, Tampa International Airport, and other key tourist destinations and
Project Initiation and Corridor Analysis
|Complete corridor analyses, guided by community input, culminating with the identification of alternatives for NEPA.||Spring/Summer 2016|
Conceptual Design and Environmental Effects
|Complete preliminary design and service plan guided by community consensus and complete the required efforts to satisfy NEPA through the completion of the PD&E.||Fall 2016 to Spring 2017|
Documentation and FTA Small Starts Submittal
|Submit Evaluation and Justification Package for FTA Small Starts Program (before 7/1/17)||Summer 2017|
*Public engagement activities will be held during all three tasks.
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