TBARTA to provide update
On Wednesday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m., Bill Jonson, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), will provide an update on the critical issue of light rail and mass transit in the Tampa Bay Region. Please join us in the Clearwater Campus Teaching Auditorium for this presentation.
TBARTA was created as an agency of the state on July 1, 2007 to plan, develop, finance, construct, own, purchase, operate, maintain, relocate, equip, repair, and manage multimodal systems in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. The authority’s purpose is to improve mobility and expand multimodal transportation options for passengers and freight throughout the seven-county region.
Without TBARTA’s Master Plan improvements, delay on roadways is expected to increase 300% in the TBARTA region by 2030.
Today, the average American household spends 18% of income on transportation, but in Tampa Bay, the average is 25%. To alleviate this problem, TBARTA’s Mid-Term Vision would build 89 miles of passenger rail, 147 miles of managed lanes (such as HOT lanes), and 42 miles of Bus Rapid Transit.
Additionally, TBARTA projects that local bus service would increase 3.3 times resulting in connected local communities, regional lines and all of the major regional employment centers and many tourist destinations in Tampa Bay. This new transportation link will serve 5 million residents and provide access to over 3 million jobs in 2035, create an average of 250 professional jobs and 1,200 construction jobs every year for the next 25 years and potentially employ over 2,800 transit drivers by 2035.
For more information, visit http://www.tbarta.com.