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Complete Streets

Complete Streets create better transportation environments for all ages and physical and economic abilities to safely and comfortably move around the city. Complete streets are flexible and take into account their surrounding land use regulations and related transportation network connections. Establishing Complete Streets will enable the City of St. Petersburg to further achieve its status as a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play.

Best Workplaces for Commuters Award

St. Petersburg has earned the distinction as a ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters’ employer from the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) by expanding and promoting smart, sustainable commuting options.

The city has partnered with TBARTA to expand commuting options, including the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) Universal or U-Pass Program, which allows employees to ride city buses at no cost; improved, secure employee bicycle parking at the Municipal Services Center (MSC) building; and administrative policies that support telecommuting. Future plans involve implementing car- and vanpooling programs, additional options for bicyclists and pedestrians, and implementing flexible work hours.

Part of the city’s Executive Order 2017-01 Sustainable St. Petersburg, the award will play a key role in improving the city’s current 3-STAR Community certification to a 5-STAR Community rating by December 2019.

Tampa Bay Express

Tampa Bay Express is a system of express toll lanes that will be built as an addition to existing interstate routes. These new lanes give drivers a choice of paying a toll in order to enjoy a better commute and help relieve overall traffic congestion. In St. Petersburg, the proposed express lanes begin at Andy Boulevard and proceed north towards Hillsborough County.  Tampa Bay Express will be constructed when funding becomes available.

As part of the Tampa Bay Express initiative, the Express Bus in Tampa Bay Express Lanes Study evaluated potential premium express bus service operating within proposed tolled interstate express lanes. This study also looked at the feasibility of providing regional transit service to beaches, business districts, and multimodal centers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. In St. Petersburg, the proposed express bus service begins in downtown St. Petersburg and proceeds north towards Hillsborough County.

Gateway Express Project

 
   
The Gateway Express project is a planned expressway that aims to improve mobility and transportation efficiency in mid-Pinellas County, including areas north of St. Petersburg. The project consists of two branches: an elevated highway above 118th Street North between Interstate (I-275) and US Hwy 19 (US 19) and a raised highway in the median of Roosevelt (SR 686) from 118th Street to the Bayside Bridge. The project funding was approved and is currently under construction.

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