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Local agency seeking public input to reshape mass transit in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – The future of mass transit could be on the verge of something big in Tampa Bay as a million dollar plan comes to life with public input. 

“Right now there aren’t really any transit options. There’s transit within each individual county, but there aren’t really any options to get from one county to another, which is what creates the traffic congestion we see on the roads today,” said David Green, Executive Director of TBARTA- Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority. 

The agency is developing a plan called Envision 2030 and is seeking feedback through a short survey on its website to develop mass transit options for the future. 

Five counties will be impacted: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. 

One goal is to talk to as many people as possible to get a good understanding of exactly what kind of public transit plan should be put in place to connect the region, according to Green. 

A million dollars has been set aside to use in the next 12 months to come up with a long-term strategy for improvements, Green said. 

The plan will then be handed over to the Florida Department of Transportation for approval. 

“If you look at the projections that go out to 2040, we’re going to add another 1.3 million people to our region, so what we see today is only going to get worse,” Green said. 

Two more community meetings are planned to get public feedback: 

The next meeting will be held Saturday in Manatee County at the Bradenton Farmers Market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Another meeting will be held on June 1 in Pasco County at the Wiregrass Farmers Market from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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