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Downtown Looper Returns to St. Pete

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The PSTA is also restoring service on multiple routes. Service was cut back because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority says it will restore service of the Downtown St. Petersburg Looper beginning Friday (June 5).

The service was temporarily suspended on March 30 because of lack of ridership brought on by business and hotel closures caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Service will begin at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and will begin at 8 a.m. on the weekends. Service will conclude each day at 10 p.m.

Since the expanded Looper service was introduced in 2018, ridership numbers for the Looper have doubled and in some months, tripled. The Downtown St. Petersburg Looper service will include two trolleys, running 30 minutes end-to-end. There is no charge for the service.

PSTA is also announcing the return of bus service on multiple routes beginning Sunday (June 7). The following routes will be returning to regular service levels: 4, 18, 19, 34, CAT (36), 59, 60, SBT (555), 52/52LX.

Service will begin at regular time and end at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and return to Saturday and Sunday levels of service on those days as well, also ending at 10 p.m. All other routes will continue to operate at a Saturday level of service during the week and a Sunday level of service on weekends/holidays, also ending at 10 p.m.

PSTA has restored service to the South Clearwater Beach Jolley Trolley as well as the Downtown St. Petersburg Looper.

PSTA has taken the necessary steps to not only ensure the safety of its employees but also the community by requiring all who are able to board and exit the rear door and limiting passengers. PSTA is also encouraging all passengers to wear protective face coverings while riding the bus.

PHOTO OF DOWNTOWN LOOPER COURTESY OF THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY.

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