Tampa Bay Transit Call-In

03/21/11 Jon Butts
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On today’s program our guests were Managers of Community Relations for two of our area’s largest counties’ transportation providers. Bob Lasher joined us from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Donna Chen from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Also we were happy to have Sandi Moody, with Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). Sandi was formally with Bay Area Commuter Services, which has merged with TBARTA, So we still have an agency in our area that provides all kinds of information on rideshare, vanpooling, telecommuting, and much more. This information can be accessed at the TBARTA website.

In both counties ridership is up for buses, but funding is really taking a hit, especially in Pinellas. Now Pinellas has fewer buses on the road, and the future is looking bleak. The conversation moved to light rail and its future in our area, which still seems to be opposed by most callers. If you’ll be attending either the Tampa Bay Living Green Expo in St Petersburg, April 2 & 3, or Earth Day Tampa Bay at the USF Botanical Gardens April 23, please check the transit exhibits by HART and PSTA.

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