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PSTA pilot program will allow buses on the shoulder of I-275

Transportation leaders say the project will help with travel times between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on PSTA's route by 100-times.
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SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — First-of-its-kind changes are coming to those who take the bus in St. Petersburg.

Starting in early June, specially wrapped Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority busses will be able to drive on the shoulder of I-275. Buses will be able to be on the interstate's shoulder from 5th Avenue North to Gandy Boulevard when traffic slows down to 35 mph on the main road. 

This is all part of a pilot program. 

"This is the first interstate highway bus on shoulder project in Florida and
an outstanding collaboration with PSTA to enhance safety and mobility for our
region," District Seven Secretary David Gwynn said. 

The Bus-on-Shoulder project includes newly widened and hardened shoulders on northbound and southbound I-275. The buses that will be able to use the route be specially wrapped.

Drivers getting on the interstate using on-ramps will need to yield to the bus if it's on the shoulder. 

Transportation leaders say the project will help with travel times between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on PSTA's route by 100-times.

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