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Central Avenue Shuttle

Tuesday, February 16, 2010  
Posted by: Eric Carlson
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PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- The newest generation of transportation in downtown St. Petersburg is getting a facelift. Anyone with a couple of quarters can spend an afternoon riding the Central Avenue Shuttle.
It was back in 1996, that the St. Petersburg Downtown Looper Trolley hit the pavement.
The Central Avenue Shuttle is its sister line, which started operating last fall.
Recently, the trolley cars were painted red and gold, much like the original trolley from the first half of the 20th century.
Eric Carlson with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership says the new look is classic.
"You'll see our entire fleet with the new ribbon St. Petersburg Trolley on the front of the vehicles," says Carlson. "The on-street signage package will mimic that color scheme. Each stop sign will show the actual stop. It'll have a map that shows the route for both systems." The Central Avenue Shuttle has nearly doubled the overall ridership of the trolley system. In December of 2009, nearly 10,000 people rode the trolley. Click here to watch the video. 

President of the Grand Central District Association Jim Longstreth says there's even a monthly event based around the shuttle. "The Grand Central District Trolley Hop is an event that we've just started," says Longstreth. "The first one's going to be on February 19th. It's going to be an opportunity to highlight the restaurants and clubs along Central Avenue." Passports to the event cost $10 and can be purchased through the Grand Central District Association's web site, or at participating Central Avenue merchants.

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