The talk of the town
…a project that will create more transportation choices for residents of all ages to get out in their community to go to work, volunteer, shop, and connect with one another.
a tremendous boost to our economy, industry, and quality of life while also serving as a vision of what preferred transit service could be throughout our community.
— Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor
We see the clear benefits of the BRT for the entire City of St. Petersburg given that this service will provide our residents with the high quality, frequent, rapid and affordable rail-like transit along the most important East-West corridor in our City.
— St. Pete Heights Neighborhood Association
Read all of the letters of support.
A new type of public transportation is going to connect downtown St. Petersburg to St. Pete Beach — and a world of possibilities. The SunRunner is Tampa Bay’s very first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project offering a modern, fast transportation service designed to get you to the beach or the ‘Burg in a breeze.
- Free Wi-Fi
- On-board bike space
- Smooth, level boarding
- Multi-door boarding
Easily prepay with your smartphone or other device, so you won’t need to search for your fare while your hands are full of beach gear. Get to the beach and back fast — and comfortably.
Residential property values performed 41% percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
- Boosts property values
- Offers an inviting transportation option for commuters to get to and from downtown and the beaches
- Frees up parking spaces with fewer cars on the road
- Improves safety with wider bike lanes and safer crosswalks in key areas
- Showcases unique community character through public art at select stations
- Encourages more community connectivity
Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns
- Brings more foot traffic to local businesses
- Promotes tourism spending by allowing easy access to popular attractions
- Widens the talent pool of employees by providing reliable transportation
- Increases amount riders can spend in local businesses when they save on parking or rideshare
- Streamlines traffic movement for delivery drivers and local customers
Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Reduces harmful emissions
- Cuts demand for fuel and offshore drilling
- Provides attractive car-free options
Welcome to your new ride from
the Beach to the 'Burg and back.
Putting the “rapid” in transit
Transit Signal Priority
Adjusts to make it faster and easier for buses and traffic to move through the intersection smoothly.
The SunRunner is dedicated to the Business Access Transit (BAT) lane, but other vehicles also have access to the lane when making turns.
What’s happening now?
Achievements & Community Outreach
- BRT Fact Sheet
- BRT Bus Concepts
- BRT Stations
- BRT Corridor Plan Sheets, Part 1
- BRT Corridor Plan Sheets, Part 2
- Summer 2017 - BRT Workshop Presentation
- Summer 2017 - BRT Stations
- Summer 2016 - BRT Public Meeting Board: About this Project
- Summer 2016 - BRT Public Meeting Board: Corridor Performance
- 2009 - Countywide Bus Rapid Transit Concept Plan