Charlie Crist: Almost $22 Million in Federal Funds Going to Pinellas County for Bus Rapid Transit Line


From his perch on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., announced the federal government is sending almost $22 million to Tampa Bay to help launch a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

On Friday, Crist announced the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will get $21.8 million “for construction of the Tampa Bay region’s first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line which would run from downtown St. Petersburg to the beach.”

Crist weighed in on the funds on Friday.

“With these federal dollars, this state-of-the-art project will finally become a reality,” said Crist. “The new BRT line will increase accessibility to the beaches for tourists, hospitality industry and other workers, and take more cars off the roads. I look forward to its completion and a new way of moving Pinellas forward!”

Crist’s office insisted the grants will give a boost to Pinellas County commuters.

“The BRT line will provide a fast, easy, and reliable transportation option to serve local attractions, destinations, and residential communities across Pinellas. The train-like vehicles will feature semi-dedicated lanes, limited stops, and safety enhancements for riders including level boarding platforms, ADA compliant crosswalks, and free WiFi,” Crist’s office noted.

To view this article in its original format, click here.

Keep In Touch

Use the form below to sign up for my newsletter and get the latest news and updates directly to your inbox.

Office Locations