The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce joined Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and other local leaders in Washington, D.C. on March 20th to voice their support of PSTA’s pilot project, Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit. Per the PSTA’s website, “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 proposed BRT will serve only major stops in the corridor, cutting the current transit time from St. Petersburg to the beaches by more than a third.”
The delegation to Washington included Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce CEO Robin Sollie, St. Petersburg City Council Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Councilmember Darden Rice, Pinellas County Commissioner and PSTA Chair Janet Long, St. Petersburg Area Chamber Board of Governors member Bob Warchola and Advocacy Manager Matt Lettelleir, Tampa Bay Partnership President and CEO Rick Homans, PSTA CEO Brad Miller, PSTA Chief Development Officer Cassandra Borchers, and PSTA Public Relations Manager Ashlie Handy.
Meetings were held with the following people, Acting Administrator of the Federal Trasnsit Adminsitration, Jane Williams; Rep. Charlie Crist; Senator Bill Nelson; Rep. Cathy Castor; Legislative Aide to Marco Rubio, Harry Kumar; Majority Professional Staff Jen Deci & Minority Pro. Staff Homer Carlise – Senate Housing and Transportation SubCommittee; Congressman Dennis Ross; Rep. Dan Webster; Nicole Chrisus Majority Professional Staff, House Highwasy and Transit.
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