Land swap moves Clearwater transit center closer to construction

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the city of Clearwater have closed on a two-acre land swap for a new, multimodal transit center. Located at the corner of Court Street and Myrtle Avenue, the LEED-certified facility will be built adjacent to the Pinellas Trail, the new City Hall and other city administration buildings.

After more than a decade of planning, county officials expect to break ground by fall 2025.

The existing center, built before the Americans with Disabilities Act and the roof clearance prevents buses purchased after 2017 from entering the terminal, will be replaced with a building that is two times larger and will be able to accommodate modern electric buses, along with 2,300-plus riders daily.

“The new Clearwater Transit Center isn’t just a hub for transportation; it’s a gateway to transformation,” said Brad Miller, PSTA CEO. “It opens doors to new destinations, fosters connections between people and places and propels communities forward on the tracks of innovation and growth.”

“This investment will create and support access to thousands of jobs,” said Clearwater Mayor Bruce Rector. “The Clearwater Transit Center will connect dreams, opportunities and communities, ushering in a future where every journey is a pathway to possibility.”The new transit center will include:

  • Connections to multimodal services throughout Pinellas County, including Uber, Lyft, and PSTA access
  • Covered bike racks and amenities
  • Retail space and coffee shop
  • Public art and wayfinding
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Solar panels
  • Real time arrival/departure information
  • Future connection to passenger rail

PSTA was awarded $20 million in federal grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Rebuilding America Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program. The remainder of the project will be funded by contributions from the city of Clearwater, the Florida Department of Transportation, Forward Pinellas and PSTA. Construction is set to begin next year, with the goal of opening in 2026.

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