Models for Utilizing TNC's to Meet Public Transit Needs

APA Florida Chapter, First Coast Section


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. CST

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Currently PSTA is in the ninth month of the nation's first ever public-private partnership using TNCs and local taxi's.  The program, called Direct Connect, currently partners with Uber, Lyft, local taxi’s, and wheelchair providers, offering subsidized rides, up to $5.00 for first mile/last mile trips to or from eight strategic locations throughout Pinellas County. As a result of Direct Connect’s success, the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged awarded PSTA $300,000 in competitive grant funds to demonstrate the use of similar partnerships for low income second and third shift workers.  Three months into the one year pilot program, PSTA is providing approximately 750 trips a week for workers between hours of 9pm to 6am, when there is little to no fixed route service, seven days a week. Most recently, PSTA was one of eleven agencies awarded funds under FTA’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox Demonstration Grant. PSTA was awarded $500,000 to be the sole recipient to demonstrate the integration of TNC’s into paratransit services.  We will be discussing our lessons learned and best practices for these programs.


Bonnie Epstein

Bonnie has an undergraduate degree in geography from the George Washington University and a masters in geography from the University of South Carolina. She has been working as a transit planner at PSTA since June of 2015 and works mostly in GIS and data analysis. Bonnie has helped with the ... Read More

ross silvers

Ross Silvers has served as PSTA's Mobility Manager for the past six years. His responsibilities include managing PSTA's contracted paratransit services, Transportation Disadvantaged bus pass program, CTC activities. Earlier this year, PSTA received the largest Mobility Enhancement Grant award to provide on-demand door-to-door service overnight using a taxi ... Read More

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