PSTA, ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE KICK OFF NEW PARTNERSHIP ON CAMPUS
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Today, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and St. Petersburg College (SPC) kicked off the start of their new Universal Pass (U-Pass) partnership at SPC’s Gibbs campus.
With the U-Pass program, St. Petersburg College will pay PSTA a flat annual $75,000 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 around 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 today’s kickoff event included Gibbs campus Provost Dr. Karen Kaufman White, SPC Seminole campus Provost Dr. James Olliver, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Wengay Newton, PSTA CEO Brad Miller, SPC Seminole student body president Jonathan Jacques and SPC Collegiate High School student Eritha Cainion.
PSTA officials and SPC students and administrators cut the ribbon on the new U-Pass partnership
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with St. Petersburg College to provide their students and faculty with the transit options they need,” said PSTA Board Member County Commissioner Janet Long. “This has been a long time coming, and SPC’s students and faculty now have a new way get to class, home, work and all around Pinellas County, at no cost to them. It’s great for our students, it’s great for their teachers, and it will only get better with the improvements under Greenlight Pinellas.”
“As a consistent PSTA rider who depends on the bus system, this means so much to me,” said SPC Collegiate High School senior Eritha Cainion. “With this new partnership, it lifts the burden off the students, especially if we don’t have cars. No more trying to figure out how to get a ride or pay for bus fare – and we can ride seven days a week, including to the mall!”
Student Eritha Cainion speaks about what PSTA bus service means to her
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 availableatwww.PSTA.net.
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.
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