PSTA unlawfully discloses confidential information on every Sunrunner bus

Last week, we rode PSTA’s much promoted new Sunrunner bus line and documented discrepancies between what PSTA was saying and doing (article). We found serious operational deficiencies. However, the most serious problem we found on the Sunrunner was a legal one. The rather serious legal problem for PSTA is this: every Sunrunner bus that PSTA…

PSTA backpedals on Sunrunner claims, continues gaslighting

In May, PSTA claimed that its new Sunrunner bus “is designed to meet the demands of work commuters and attract tourists and new riders into PSTA’s comprehensive transit system.” PSTA is now backpedaling, perhaps due to ridership numbers catastrophically below their own projections (as we reported on two days ago). In their “SunRunner One Month…

Sunrunner 1st month ridership far below PSTA’s projections and falling fast

Three years ago, the Tampa Bay Times reported that “studies of the [Sunrunner] route connecting downtown St. Petersburg with the beaches estimate it would have 4,500 daily rides.” On June 2nd this year, PSTA told St. Pete City council that “the projected ridership is 4,000 riders per day.” But actual ridership has fallen far below…

Our test: PSTA’s new Sunrunner bus line doesn’t operate as promised

“The bus will leave when I’m finished cleaning,” the PSTA driver told the Tampa Bay Guardian reporter. We repeated our question: what is the scheduled departure time? “It’s hard to keep the schedule,” the driver said and kept disinfecting the driver area, a process that took about two minutes. With just two other passengers on…

What is real purpose of Pinellas County Commish Egger’s term limit petition?

Term limits for Pinellas County commissioners has been a flashpoint ever since 73% of Pinellas voters approved 8-year term limits in 1996. The county commissioners waged a court fight along with others, mostly at taxpayer expense, and refused to put those voter approved term limits in to the county charter. The commissioners lost in circuit…

Pinellas transit loses over half its riders, spending more than doubles

Three months in to its fiscal year 2022, PSTA’s bus ridership year over year has declined another 20%, according to its own official reporting. PSTA, which is the taxpayer-funded Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, ended its fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) with ridership 46% lower than it was in FY2015. The data thus shows that the ridership…

The Tampa Bay Times’ deceptive & legally suspect fundraising campaign

Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, has a fundraising campaign this week in which it asks for donations to “fund local news.” However, donations do not go to the Times. Also, they may not be tax deductible, despite the Times unconditionally stating that they are on its fundraising page.   “You can make a tax-deductible…

Florida Supreme Court throws out 2018 Hillsborough transit tax

In a 4-1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court today threw out the Hillsborough sales tax hike for transit approved by voters in 2018 . The 1% sales tax was projected to bring in $16 billion over 30 years. The court found that the promoters of the tax, Jeff Vinik-funded All For Transportation (AFT), misled the…

Corruption at airport continues – CEO gets huge and guaranteed raises

Today’s Aviation Authority meeting agenda didn’t list an action item for a contract renewal for Tampa International Airport’s CEO Joe Lopano. In fact, it didn’t list an action item at all, only routine items for approval under the consent agenda. Nonetheless, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) board today voted 3-2 to approve a new…

GOP strategist Rick Wilson “enjoys overthrowing governments”

On his website therickwilson.com, self-described GOP strategist Rick Wilson writes about appearing on CNN and MSNBC. He mentions being published in various national publications and his own “sharp-edged and witty political insight.” He ends by saying that he “enjoys overthrowing governments.”  Yet in response to the violence at the US Capitol less than a week…