Pinellas Technical College students, staff can now ride PSTA buses for free
Pinellas Technical College students and staff can now ride the bus to the beach, to the mall, or to class for free.
PTC and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority launched their partnership at the start of this year. Students and staff from both campuses, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, can flash their PTC ID to the bus driver and go anywhere in the bus system any day of the week. About 3,000 people are expected to take advantage of the partnership.
The partnership agreed to a three-year contract with a mutual review every year. PTC will pay $20,000 a year out of student fees and grant money that was previously used for individual bus passes, said Mark Hunt, executive director of career technical and adult education for the Pinellas County school district. He said student fees did not rise as a result of the partnership.
"This is just to try and help students beat the challenge of transportation," Hunt said.
St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and MycroSchool, a tuition-free public charter high school in St. Petersburg serving students ages 16 to 21, also have partnerships with PSTA, said PSTA spokeswoman Ashlie Handy.