ST. PETERSBURG-- Tourists and residents could soon have a new option to get between beautiful St Pete Beach and the booming downtown St Pete nightlife scene.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority wants to add new rapid transit bus service connecting the Beach and downtown St Pete, but it’s hitting a snag.
Leaders cannot agree on who should pay for the new bus service and Tuesday afternoon the PSTA leaders and St Pete Beach city commissioners could butt heads when they meet to talk about it at 4PM during a commission workshop.
The idea is to give tourists and residents an easy way to get between the two locations, especially tourists that fly into town and don't bring their cars with them.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority wants St Pete Beach to pay about $1.2 million to get the bus up and running, but St Pete Beach says "No way! It's too expensive!"
It’s money beach commissioners argue they need to fix their aging sewer system.
Unlike the rest of the communities in Pinellas County, St Pete Beach residents don't pay property tax directly to the bus system. St Pete Beach leaders do pay $500,000 a year for their share of the existing Beach Trolley service.
If PSTA transportation leaders can't get St Pete Beach on board, they say they plan approach Madeira Beach or Treasure Island to take on the new rapid transit bus route.
If St Pete Beach leaders move forward Tuesday, they could take a vote at the following commission meeting on October 25.
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