Transit Authority holds public hearings

07/31/08 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up, we’ll meet two people involved in planning the future of transportation here in the Bay area. They are gathering information in seven counties up and down the coast to plan for the next phase of mass transit here in the bay area. We’ll get the latest on plans for a regional rail system in just a moment.

But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s program. The comments were about the election and the shootings last Sunday at the Unitarian church in Knoxville.

Today we’ll be talking about mass transit here in the Tampa bay area. Our guests are members of TBARTA, the Tampa Bay area regional transit authority or TBARTA. It’s the agency whose mission is to come up with a regional mass transit plan by this December- and then figure out how to pay for it. With the rapid growth of the past 30 years, we are seeing clogged highways throughout the Bay area. With the high cost of gasoline, local bus systems are seeing record ridership. Tampa Bay remains one of the few large metropolitan areas in the country without a commuter rail system.

TBARTA is holding a series of public workshops on transportation in the next several days.

For more information, visit TBARTA

The next public meetings (all held at 5:30 p.m.):

Thursday, July 31 – Hernando County Holiday Inn Express - Spring Hill, 3528 Commercial Way, Spring Hill

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Hillsborough County Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W. Cypress Street, Tampa

Thursday, Aug. 7 – Pinellas County Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo

New for this round! TBARTA is also hosting two online community workshops:

Tuesday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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