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Briefs: PSTA director will discuss gas, ridership costs


PSTA director to speak on gas, ridership costs

Tim Garling, the new director of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, will be the featured guest at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Sunshine Center.

Garling's talk will focus on fuel costs that have led to an increase in ridership for public transit systems, locally and nationally. PSTA budget cuts mean Garling will have to balance higher demand for bus service with a decreasing supply of that service.

He also will comment on bus rapid transit (BRT), how PSTA fits into regional transportation plans. Of particular importance to downtown St. Petersburg are plans for removing the bus waiting area at Williams Park.

The Sunshine Center is at 330 First St. N in St. Petersburg. The event is free, and parking is available at or near the center.

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Jazz cruise schedule offers genre variety

Rick Gee's Jazz Jamm Inc., now affiliated with Jazz Cruises LLC, offers four jazz cruises for the 2008-'09 season:

• Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, Nov. 2-9

• Jazz Cruise (Straight-Ahead Jazz), Nov. 9-16

• Smooth Jazz Cruise (Wayman Tisdale, host), Jan. 18-25

• Playboy Jazz Cruise (Marcus Miller, host), Jan. 25-Feb. 1

Cruises last one week (Sunday to Sunday) aboard Holland America M/S Westerdam.

For additional information, call (727) 866-1844 or e-mail

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