SunRunner smashing success for St. Pete. Maybe we need 5 more in Pinellas and Hillsborough?  Pretty cool if you’re living on 2nd Ave South in the middle of Pinellas county these days. You’re just a few “steps” from downtown St Pete for Concerts, Restaurants, Soccer, Events. And, you’re also a few steps form The Beach. Here’s the best part, No parking issues!

Everybody knows about the SunRunner. And now, with the announcement of a new stop and two new buses, it’s safe to say that the SunRunner is here to stay. The new stop will be located on the 100 block of First Avenue North near the Sundial parking garage.

SunRunner smashing success? In just six months since launching, the rapid bus service has already surpassed its projected 3,000 riders per day, with ridership increasing every month. In March alone, the SunRunner saw over 115,000 riders, or about 3,700 per day. And, during major downtown events like Localtopia and the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the SunRunner’s ridership hit record highs.

Not only is the SunRunner popular among event-goers, but it’s also convenient for workers. With over 50,000 jobs located within a half-mile of the line, it’s easy for employees to ditch their cars and opt for mass transit instead. And, with nearly half of all riders using the SunRunner in lieu of their personal vehicle, the SunRunner is making a positive impact on the environment and traffic safety.

Plus, with the leftover federal dollars from the original SunRunner project funding the new stop and buses, it’s clear that the SunRunner is a smart investment for the city of St. Petersburg. And, with talks of extending the free period for another year, there’s never been a better time to give the SunRunner a try. TBT

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