County Commission agrees to have some members meet up with Pinellas officials on transportation

01/04/07

County Commission agrees to have some members meet up with Pinellas County

 

As bay area legislators get back to work, transportation appears to be one of the issues that may finally be addressed. 

 

Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan intends to hold a meeting with Hillsborough and Pasco County Commissioners within the next month to discuss potential transportation partnerships.

 

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagen intends to attend the meeting.  But when discussing the issue with fellow Commissioners this morning, he was questioned about what might actually take place during it. (roll tape#1 o.q.”transportation authority”)

That regional transportation authority is being sponsored by Bradenton GOP Representative Bill Galvano.  Galvano's authority would have the ability to create public-private partnerships and issue bonds to pay for large transportation projects. The Hillsborough County Commission last month voted to form their own Transportation Task Force which will soon begin meeting.  Because that Task Force has not yet convened, and certainly doesn’t have a plan, Commission Chairman Jim Norman expressed concern about what might actually be discussed with Pinellas and Pasco County Commissioners.  (roll tape#2 o.q.”what do we meet on”)Commissioner Mark Sharpe told Norman not to worry, but that the 3 county meeting would just be a good way to begin facilitating dialogue about transportation between Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County (roll tape#3 o.q. “and that we should participate”)Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan has said that a simple interlocal agreement between the counties is all that’s required to have the local governments try to provide such basic services as getting buses to transport people from Tampa International airport to Pinellas County.  County Administrator Pat Bean said that even though the County does not run Hartline, the County’s bus system, local governments could still try to work on that (roll tape#4 o.q.”   that we couldn’t do otherwise”)But Commissioner Norman continued to express doubt that the County should even have ‘talks’ with Pinellas and Pasco Officials when Hillsborough still does not have a concrete plan going forward (roll tape#5 o.q.”  package work”)The date for the Hillsborough/Pinellas/Pasco County Transportation Meeting has not yet been announced.   

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