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11/28/2018 Member News
A First in Pinellas County: Ridehail Coonections to PSTA, Made Easy




St. Petersburg, Fla. —
Transit, the officially endorsed app of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), is today announcing Transit+, a new feature that makes it easier than ever for riders to connect to public transportation.

Sometimes, transit service doesn’t go exactly where riders need it to go—leaving people stuck with slow transfers or a 40-minute walk to the bus. That’s why Transit is unveiling Transit+.

Users can already plan a-to-b trips in the app using different options like transit and Coast Bike Share. Now, they’ll also see trip suggestions for certain trips that include taking an Uber or Lyft part of the way, and connecting with bus service from PSTA. This first-of-its kind feature allows users to plan, book, and pay for a ride from either Uber or Lyft, while getting real-time updates on their PSTA bus connection—all in one app. 

“PSTA loves the Transit App!,” said Brad Miller, PSTA CEO. “We pride ourselves on always bringing cutting-edge transportation to our citizens and this multimodal Transit+ app launch is a gigantic step forward.  As the very first public transit system in the US to launch a first- and last-mile program with Uber and Lyft, this new Transit+ feature will make riding PSTA’s system so much easier for the more than 300,000 people who have already downloaded the Transit App in Pinellas County.
 
Our goal is to make ‘car-free living’ viable in Pinellas County, to reduce traffic congestion, improve the environment, and help us all save money. Thank you, Transit App for being a great partner of ours to make car-free living even easier!”

 In addition to allowing users to plan trips that merge a car ride with public transportation, Transit is also now including multiple ridehail operators, such as Uber and Lyft. This helps ensure that users can see all the ways to get around, reducing waiting times and allowing them to compare their options for connecting to transit.

 “Our mission at Transit is to make it easy to get from a to b without your own car,” said Jake Sion, Transit COO. “By connecting Uber and Lyft seamlessly with PSTA’s public transit service, we’re promoting ridehail as a vital first- and last-mile link to reduce congestion, rather than worsen it. Today’s announcement brings the future of transportation closer to reality in Florida.”

In the near future, Transit’s multimodal trip planner will also begin suggesting trips that combine transit with other options that users can already find in the app to take short trips, like Coast Bike Share.

Transit+ is in Beta, so it’s rolling out to a limited number of markets, including Pinellas County, thanks tothe support of agencies like PSTA.

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EDITORS: Screenshots of the new feature, along with Transit’s logo, can be found by visiting www.transitapp.com/press and clicking on “Press Kit.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Stephen Miller

media@transitapp.com

 

Whitney Fox

wfox@psta.net

About Transit:

Transit solves the urban commute in more than 175 cities worldwide. Users can easily navigate public transit with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, and step-by-step navigation. The app also integrates other transport modes — bikeshare, scooters, carshare and ridehail — so users can determine the best way to get from A to B. The company is based in Montréal, Québec. Learn more by visiting www.transitapp.com.


About PSTA:

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is the public transit provider for Pinellas County, providing more than 13 million rides per year. PSTA operates nearly 50 bus and trolley routes with a fleet of 300 vehicles. More information is available at www.psta.net.

 


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