The SunRunner extends complimentary rides through November

Hop aboard, we’ll tell ya all about it.


The SunRunner rides off into the sunset through midnight.

Photo by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Attention all city commuters and beach lovers: Due to its immense popularity, the SunRunner is keeping the complimentary cruises going.

Yup, that’s right. You can now soak up the sun and save your dough until this November, as stated in the PSTA’s release. Initially introduced in October, St. Pete’s newest mode of transportation connects the downtown to the sandy shores (and many stops in between).

The extension will help the St. Pete City Council gather an entire year’s worth of ridership data, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The SunRunner transported more than 260,000 passengers in its first three months, and ridership has risen every month.

Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PSTA, explained the importance of the free trips saying, “Riders have been using the service to get to work, medical appointments, and to our award-winning beaches.”

At the end of fall, however, riders will likely pay $2.25 for a one-way trip or $5 for all-day riding (unless there’s another extension). But, fret not — you won’t have to touch a thing. We told you this week about the new contactless payment system on all the PTSA buses.

For now, you can hop aboard any bus at any station without dropping a dime.

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