MEDIA ADVISORY: PSTA, St. Petersburg College to kick off new partnership on campus

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – On Thursday, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and St. Petersburg College (SPC) will hold an event to highlight the start of their new Universal Pass (U-Pass) partnership. The kickoff event will take place at St. Petersburg College’s Gibbs campus; details are below.

With the U-Pass program, St. Petersburg College will pay PSTA a flat annual rate to provide unlimited transit access to more than 32,000 students, employees and faculty at all SPC campuses throughout Pinellas County. The program, which launches this week, will allow all St. Petersburg College students and employees to ride any of PSTA’s more than 200 buses and nearly 40 routes simply by showing their SPC ID card when boarding the bus. During the upcoming SPC Student Government Association’s Welcome Back Week, students will be informed about this new benefit of their student ID.

Speakers at Thursday’s kickoff event will include Gibbs campus Provost Dr. Karen Kaufman White, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, several St. Petersburg College students and others. Media are invited to attend the kickoff event; please RSVP to for more details.

WHAT: Kickoff of U-Pass partnership between PSTA and St. Petersburg College

WHEN: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM (press call time 1:40 PM)

WHERE: St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 (west side near Science Building)

WHO: St. Petersburg College students and administrators and PSTA representatives

“We are really excited to partner with St. Petersburg College to provide their students and faculty with the transit options they need,” said PSTA Board Member Councilmember Darden Rice. “St. Petersburg College’s students and faculty now have a brand new benefit of their ID card: the ability to get to class, home, work and all around Pinellas County, at no cost to them. It’s the kind of freedom that will help Pinellas County attract and keep the best and brightest students and teachers.”

“This addresses a concern students have had for years,” said SPC Seminole Campus Student Government Association president Jonathan Jacques. “In the past, bus service to the Seminole Campus was intermittent during the day and non-existent on evenings and weekends, making class attendance difficult for many students. Route 58, which serves the campus, now runs more frequently “so students can attend Seminole Campus events and classes at night,”

About PSTA: The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 14.5 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 40 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 203 vehicles. More information is available at

About SPC: St. Petersburg College was Florida’s first two-year college, founded in 1927, as well as the state’s first community college to offer bachelor’s degrees in 2002. Today, SPC is one of 14 state colleges, and with 11 learning sites, serves as a model for incorporating bachelor’s degree programs into traditional two-year institutions.

CONTACT: Franco Ripple, 352-219-6029,


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