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GreenLight Pinellas plan gets on track

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Pinellas County has a new plan on track to expand bus system Pinellas County has a new plan on track to expand bus system
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

Pinellas County has a new plan on track to expand its current bus system and add a passenger rail line. Voters will decide whether they want to pay for it in November.

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Spokesman Bob Lasher says ridership is at a record high and the system is due for a major upgrade.

"It really doesn't work. It's not good enough," he said.

The County's Transit Board recently approved a countywide transportation improvement plan called GreenLight Pinellas with a unanimous vote.

"This is an important issue. It's the future of Pinellas County," Lasher said. "So we're just asking people, learn about it. Learn about what we're asking you to help us decide."

GreenLight Pinellas paves the way for a 24-mile passenger rail line with 16 stops across the Pinellas peninsula.

"That will be the spine and then the bus foundation, the bus network will connect the rest of the county to it, so it's an actual and true countywide transit system," Lasher explained.

If voters pass a penny sales tax to pay for it in Nov. 2014, 65 percent more routes would be added to the current bus system during the next decade.

The Pinellas County Commission will hold a workshop Dec. 3 to discuss the wording of the ballot. Voters can weigh in at a public hearing Dec. 10. Meanwhile, a group called "No Tax for Tracks" has scheduled a public meeting for Jan. 21.

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