TAMPA, Fla.(WFLA)- A recently released report puts Tampa Bay's public transportation as the eighth worst in the country, to the surprise of no one.
Insurance website, Fabric, used data from the Federal Transit Authority and the American Housing Survey to examine the usage rates, quality, and public approval of public transportation systems.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), public transit is 40 to 70 times safer than driving, and with most recent census data reporting that there are more than 14.2 million registered vehicles in the Sunshine State, a transportation solution has left local lawmakers scrambling to keep up with the growth of the area
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater was No. 9 on the Census's Top 10 Metropolitan Areas in Numeric Growth: 2017 to 2018 report with 51,000 new residents last year.
With so many new and old cars on the road, the most recent attempt to create options was the newly voted-on one-cent tax that would be shared by HART, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, City of Tampa, Plant City, and City of Temple Terrace.
Across the country, only 5 percent of workers commute to work public transit, and that number is even lower in the Tampa Bay area, with only 1.2 percent of the working public of the area using public transportation such as HART or PSTA bus lines.
Tampa Bay also had a public transportation approval of only 49 percent, compared to Chicago's 90.7 percent.
Here's a look at the findings of the study from insurance website, Fabric, using data from American Housing Survey and the Federal Transit Authority.
Source: The U.S. Census Bureau American Housing Survey