Get more independence with FREE 1-on-1 and group travel training!
Learn and take a practice bus trip with a travel trainer so you can ride with confidence
- Gain skills and confidence to ride
- Increase your independence
- Stay active in your community
- Access a low-cost travel option
What is Travel Training?
Every day, people of all ages and with various disabilities ride PSTA’s fully accessible buses. If you’re new to riding, our travel trainers come to you and provide one-on-one training on how to ride the PSTA bus and use related PSTA resources. The program is free and tailored to your needs.
Travel Training Includes:
- A practice bus trip
- Post-training follow-up
What Will You Learn?
- How to plan your trip using printed and digital scheduling tools tailored to your needs
- How to pay bus fare, including use of Flamingo Fares app and cards
- How to find your way to and from bus stops on safe and accessible routes, without getting lost
- How to recognize stops, routes numbers, and names
- How to use the Real Time Bus Information app and website to track buses
- Get on and off the bus and transfer busses, including with mobility devices if applicable
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be trained?
People of every age and various disabilities can participate in training. Participants include people who use a wheelchair or other mobility device, people with loss of sight or low vision, older adults not familiar with the transit system, and many others.
How much does travel training cost?
Training is free!
Where can I learn to travel to?
The training covers use of the entire PSTA system service area, which includes Pinellas County and certain destinations in Hillsborough County. Service provides connections to medical offices, shopping centers, recreation facilities, schools, workplaces, and more. The training practice trip can be tailored to a destination where a client wants to go.
Will I lose my PSTA Access eligibility if I learn to ride the bus?
No, travel training graduates may take the bus when they can and use the Access program when they cannot.