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Pinellas transit center set to connect more to Bay Area beaches

A new state-of-the-art transit center in Clearwater will make getting to and from the beach a lot easier.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — One of the main things we’re known for in Florida is our beaches. 

Getting to and from a top beach in Pinellas County is about to get a lot easier thanks to a new state-of-the-art transit facility that will help thousands of people across Tampa Bay.

Pinellas County leaders are working to improve transportation in the area to give visitors and residents access to everything the Tampa Bay area has to offer.

In the works is Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Clearwater multimodal transit center. It’s a $34 million high-tech transportation upgrade replacing the dilapidated 40-year-old Park Street station. The 75,000 square-foot hub would be on the corner of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue in Downtown Clearwater.

It will be equipped with Hybrid and electric cars and buses. It will also have a solar-paneled roof, charging stations, bicycle/scooter storage and more.

 Leaders say it will have the ability to accommodate for a light rail if plans call for that in the future. It is set to serve more than 2300 people each day.

PSTA has applied for a $25 million infrastructure grant to make it happen.

If all goes as planned and final designs are expected next summer, construction could start in 2023 and operations could begin in the fall of 2024.