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PSTA's 1st of Many Mis-Leading Talking Points

Sully, 912 N.
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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Pinellas County Commissioners voted 5 to 1 February 26, 2013 to put the 1% Increased Sales Tax Referendum to the voters November 4, 2014. Now PSTA's hired $300,000.00 high powered consultant, Tucker Hall will start showing their hand how they will sway the public to vote yes on the 1%. Here is the 1st of many propaganda talking points coming your way.

Our counter points is lead by Barb, watch her out standing opposition presentation to the Board of County Commissioners. Then spread the word put video on your facebook if you have account and anybody you know who has facebook. Watch video then read PSTA's story below...

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PSTA Ridership Continues Increasing at Record Setting Pace
After 15 straight months of record setting ridership, PSTA leaders were hoping for a new all-time record for the month of February.

Barb, "Is this how PSTA determines ridership?"

Even with only 28 days of ridership this year, compared to 29 last year, PSTA still managed to re-write the all-time February record by giving 1,179,259 rides - a 1% increase over February 2012. "To set a record with one less day of ridership?

Well, that's pretty amazing," says PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher. The new mark also extends the agency's record setting streak to 16 straight months. Transit officials say that such ridership gains can typically be attributed to numerous factors including an improving economy, record tourism and higher gasoline prices.

The increased ridership has also led to a growing number of standing-room-only runs on various routes. To help with the overcrowding, PSTA recently replaced eight of its oldest buses with new diesel-electric hybrid models­ that have more seats and can carry an additional 14 passengers each. "It helps, but it's not nearly enough," Lasher says. "The only way that we can meet this kind of demand is by getting more buses on the road."

Bus Study Consultant says different

In order to do that, agency leaders say they need more funding, which simply isn't available under PSTA'scurrent financial structure. That's why the PSTA Board of Directors and the County Commission have agreed to place a one cent sales tax initiative on the November 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the new funding would allow the agency to offer more frequent bus service throughout longer periods of the day.

PSTA is now conducting a study of the current bus network to help streamline service and maximize resources. This analysis will ensure that Pinellas County residents are getting the most efficient and economically viable transit service possible. To learn more about the Pinellas Community Bus Plan and to participate in a survey, visit http://busplan.psta.n...­.
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