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3/20/2018 Chamber News

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Wraps up Successful Trip to Washington, D.C.


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St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Wraps up Successful Trip to Washington, D.C.



March 20, 2018 | Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday afternoon, a delegation from St. Petersburg wrapped-up a successful round of meetings in Washington, D.C. to highlight the proposed Beach to Bay Central Avenue BRT project.

Leaders from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) who were in D.C for the American Public Transit Association Legislative Conference joined the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Partnership to demonstrate the region’s business support for this project.

“The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has been a longtime leader in supporting the Beach to Bay BRT”, said Chamber President and CEO, Chris Steinocher. “St. Petersburg and Pinellas County are excited to lead the Tampa Bay region in expanding our transit opportunities as we look ahead to the future.”

Local leaders met with the following offices and elected officials in support of the Beach to Bay BRT Project:

White House Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Acting Administrator- Federal Transit Administration
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Bill Nelson
Congressman Charlie Crist
Congressman Gus Bilirakis

The delegation to Washington included St. Petersburg Area Chamber Board of Governors member Bob Warchola and Advocacy Manager Matt Lettelleir, St. Petersburg City Council Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Councilmember Darden Rice, Pinellas County Commissioner and PSTA Chair Janet Long, Tampa Bay Beaches CEO Robin Sollie, Tampa Bay Partnership President and CEO Rick Homans, PSTA CEO Brad Miller, PSTA Chief Development Officer Cassandra Borchers, and PSTA Public Relations Manager Ashlie Handy.

“We could not have received a warmer response for this project”, added Matt Lettelleir. "From the White House to the Federal Transit Authority, we were told we have a unique project led by a model organization in the PSTA which, with the mix of local, state, and potentially private funding, should be a top candidate for the Federal Fast Start Capital Investment Grant Program."

The Central Avenue or “Beach to Bay” BRT would run between St. Pete Beach and Downtown St. Petersburg along the 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South Corridors, utilizing dedicated lanes. The project would offer quick and easy access for our beach & downtown visitors, our local workforce employed at our beaches, and for residents from West St. Petersburg to the Downtown Core. The project is viewed as a catalyst for future BRT projects throughout the Tampa Bay Region.


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