Journey to Excellence: Transit in Tampa

Tampa’s Transit to Change Dramatically

Within the next five years, there will be monumental changes in Tampa, Florida. High speed rail and transit improvements will change the way the city looks and operates. In January, President Obama announced federal funding for high speed rail (HSR) for the Tampa-Orlando corridor. The project is shovel ready, with completion expected by 2015.

What does the arrival of high speed rail mean? Imagine this: You will be able to travel from Disneyworld to downtown Tampa in just 38 minutes…then take a bus rapid transit line out to Clearwater Beach and dip your toes in the warm water in just another 30 minutes. The tourism and economic impacts will be tremendous.

The transit connections that are under construction and in the planning stages will make the Tampa region more livable, attracting new residents and businesses. The first bus rapid transit system is under construction with more to follow. Light rail is in the planning stage. Major improvements will be completed when high speed rail arrives.

Sounds good, you think, but where is the money? In November of 2010, voters will be asked to approve a one cent sales tax increase. Seventy-five percent of the money generated will go toward transit projects, with the remaining 25% dedicated to road improvements. Supporters are optimistic that the increase will pass.

Get ready. The train will be leaving the station.

For more information, click on these links:

http://www.gohart.org/

http://www.fastrailconnectus.com/

http://www.theplanningcommission.org/

March 21st, 2010  in City Planning, Transit 2 Comments »

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