Greenlight Train Demolishes St. Pete Downtown Parking.

stpeteloses parking with greenlight pinellasIf voters approve the 14% sales tax hike to build a St. Pete to Clearwater train in November, downtown St. Petersburg can kiss lots of business-friendly parking goodbye. Analysis of the rail plan shows half or all parallel parking removed as it is converted to rail lines or car lanes are pushed on to it. As usual, the PSTA has not used any of the $800,000 of taxpayer money to “educate” on this negative aspect of the Greenlight Pinellas plan. Downtown businesses can expect fewer customers to drive downtown for their services (unless they want to drive to a remote train station, park, ride the train, get off and walk several blocks to their business). Local surrounding neighborhoods, like Old Northeast, can expect even more spillover into their streets with people parking for a night on the town. Those looking to drive downtown to other venues and use parking garages can expect them to fill more rapidly, extending their inconvenience of parking.  Downtown drivers and pedestrians can expect more delays as a new “rail gridlock” is created with trains altering traffic signal timing, taking priority over other traffic and generally getting in the way in an already crowded part of town.  The pictures don’t lie and are all adapted from the PSTA Local Preferred Analysis “Conceptual Engineering Technical Memo”. Yet another reason to vote down the proposed $2.6 billion, 14% sales tax-hiking rail boondoggle called “Greenlight Pinellas”.

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1.1st Ave S. and segment of 2nd St. between 1st Ave. N and S.

With Greenlight Pinellas Plan, 1st Ave. S.  in St. Petersburg loses ALL of its parking to rail.

With Greenlight Pinellas Plan, 1st Ave. S. in St. Petersburg loses ALL of its parking to rail.

  

1st Ave. s. and a segment of 2nd St. loses ALL parking with Greenlight Pinellas

1st Ave. s. and a segment of 2nd St. loses ALL parking with Greenlight Pinellas

 

 2. 1st Ave. N.

Conceptual mockup of lost parking in front of busy businesses on 1st Ave. N. Train will be very close to buildings.

Conceptual mockup of lost parking in front of busy businesses on 1st Ave. N. Train will be very close to buildings.

 
lost lanes dwntwn st pete 1st ave n

3. DOWNTOWN Aerial view of part affected areas. the train and tracks will run from about 13th st. to 2nd St. along 1st Ave. S and N. in a loop.

stpete downtown loop

 

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3 Replies:

  1. curtis a holmes

    Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, take a look at their scheme for East Bay/West Bay @ Missouri/Seminole Blvd. in Largo. We’re losing ALL the left turn lanes plus who in their right mind (rhetorical question) will want to board/depart a streetcar parked in the middle of the busiest intersection in that part of Largo? Drivers already ignore the “NO RIGHT ON RED” illuminated signage. At this intersection crossing guards, pedestrians and bicyclists are currently a target rich environment…imagine the EMS job security a bunch streetcar riders will create.

  2. Matt

    Hey, another reason not to go to downtown St. Pete. If ceding public sidewalks to private business to evict free speech protesters (with whom I didn’t agree, but they should still be allowed to speak) at Baywalk wasn’t enough, now the elimination of parking kicks it up a notch!

    I could get in my car (20 years from now) and drive to downtown Clearwater and park in one of the lots not owned by some church and take the train to downtown St. Pete (dropping in at the St. Pete Clearwater airport to say hi to PIE) and go to the stores and restaurants there. Or I could just go to downtown Dunedin. I think I’ll skip the train, thanks.

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