TAMPA BAY PARTNERSHIP TAKES OUT AD CALLING FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY-Andrew Stelzer

05/04/06

When this years legislative session opened, Pinellas county state Senator Jim Sebesta, who has long been a proponent of public transportation and transportation planning, introduced a bill to create a Tampa Bay regional Transportation Authority. Modeled after a plan that has worked in the Florida Panhandle, the Authority would plan transportation for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, with an emphasis on alternatives to simply building more roads.

The bill has yet to be passed, and this morning, a powerful local business group, the Tampa Bay Partnership, took out a full-page ad in the Tampa Tribune, calling on legislators to pass a house bill, which would create the regional transportation authority.

The Partnership includes, representatives, from Several large banks, Outback steakhouse, Progress energy, Publix, and many other leading corporations, as well as public agencies, and the ad says that Tampa Bay cant continue to fall behind other regions in terms of transportation.

It says rapid transit, commuter and light rail, and ferry service all need to be done locally, and stresses that the group is not a developer dominated group looking to construct big road projects.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke to Stuart Rogel the president and CEO of the Tampa By Partnership, about why the group is pushing for passage of house bill 7077

PARTNERSHIP ON TRANSPORTATION

That was Stuart Rogel is the president and CEO of the Tampa By Partnership speaking about the need to pass House bill 7077, which would create a Tampa Bay regional transportation Authority

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