Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Design

Location St. Petersburg, Florida

Owner Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Client Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning/Design
  • Transit Station Planning/Design
  • Transit Planning/Design
  • Station Planning/Design
  • State/Federal Funding Procedure Compliance
  • Inter‐Agency Coordination
  • Local Municipality Coordination
  • Intelligent Transportation System Planning/Design
  • Sustainable Design/Construction Features
  • Public Outreach/Involvement
  • Utility Coordination
  • Stakeholder Facilitation
  • Public and Media Outreach Material Development
  • Traffic/Transportation Analysis
  • Constructability Review
  • Pedestrian Crossing Design (At‐Grade)
  • Construction Support Services
  • Agency/Stakeholder Coordination
  • Scoping Process
  • Permitting Support
  • Right of Way Evaluation

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has initiated a bus rapid transit (BRT) project along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg to improve corridor travel times and directly support the region’s economic development initiative to provide more access to employment, shopping, education, and leisure destinations. The Central Avenue BRT line will provide a rapid transit connection between the University of South Florida and the downtown St. Petersburg Innovation District, the City of South Pasadena, and the City of St. Pete Beach. Lochner was selected to provide preliminary engineering and final design services as well as post‐design services during construction.

Transit priority treatments include the development of designated semi‐exclusive business access and transit (BAT) lanes, transit signal priority, off‐board fare collection, communications, an advanced vehicle location system, security, and all‐door level boarding, including the accommodation of bicycles on‐board. Lochner’s design for the 22.7‐mile bus route includes 30 stations, each of which will have different levels of investment and amenities depending on location and projected ridership demand. While the stations are being designed to accommodate a 60‐foot articulated bus, current plans include running new 40‐foot buses with a continued assessment of ridership demand during operation. The Central Avenue BRT line is intended as a catalyst from which a Tampa Bay regional system of high‐speed transit develops.

Additionally, the Lochner team is integrating art elements into the design of the stops/stations by building off previously planned elements, such as shelter structures, railings, signage, panels, and lighting, further enhancing the aesthetics of the corridor.

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