PSTA launches program to get employees to essential businesses

Janelle Irwin TaylorApril 27, 20203min
The transit agency is seeking businesses to partner.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is expanding a partnership with rideshare and taxi companies to get workers in essential businesses to and from work.

With dialed down service due to COVID-19 restrictions reducing transportation demand, some essential workers who rely on public transportation might be having difficulty getting to and from their jobs.

PSTA will offer curb-to-curb trips for workers in essential businesses — first responders and health care and grocery workers, for example — with Uber, United Taxi or Care Ride.

“We have all been impacted in some shape or form due to this pandemic, but there are essential workers who still need to get to work who rely on us to get them there,” said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. “This program will help those workers still get to their jobs so they can continue making the critical items needed to fight this virus.”

Currently, PSTA is working with companies that manufacture tamper seals for flu tests and ventilator masks to provide service.

The transit agency is seeking further businesses that could partner to provide rides for employees in other sectors.

Businesses who think they might qualify can email [email protected].

As part of its normal service, PSTA offered similar features for third shift workers called TD Late Shift. The TD stands for “transportation disadvantaged” and the program applies to low-income workers who lack access to a private passenger vehicle.

PSTA also partnered with Uber and United Taxi on a program that gave discounted rides to passengers to get to and from bus stops in areas where routes were limited as part of a first-mile/last-mile solution.

Last updated on April 27, 2020

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


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