Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Transportation is making local headlines.
Have you heard? From high-speed rail to bike trails, transportation is in the news this week.

High-Speed Rail Meeting in Lakeland
Questions about Florida's high-speed rail project? If you don't mind making the trek to Lakeland, you can attend a public information meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Center's Lake Hunter Room (if you've lived around these parts for a while, you might know it better as the Lakeland Civic Center).

One facet of the meeting appears to be making contact with contractors and other potential vendors for the project. For more information on the meeting, click here to read the story in The Ledger.

Keep in mind, this meeting is regarding the state high-speed rail project, which is the Tampa-to-Orlando line that received federal funding last year. That project differs from Hillsborough County's proposed light rail system that would serve passengers traveling from northern Hillsborough County, through downtown Tampa, and on toward Tampa International Airport. The light rail line is part of HART's Rapid Transit Investment Plan, which you can take a closer look at here.

Local News on Sharpe Victory
In Tuesday's elections, Hillsborough County Commissioner and HART Board member Mark Sharpe won the District 7 Republican primary despite a vigorous challenge based on his support for the upcoming transportation referendum. ABC Action News wonders if Commissioner Sharpe's victory might be a predictor for what could happen in November. Watch the story here.

MPO Plans Tampa Bike Trail
This week, Hillsborough County's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) gave residents a chance to preview a proposed bike trail that would connect Ybor City, downtown Tampa and Bayshore Boulevard.

The trail would follow the path of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway, connecting to the TECO Line Streetcar System and the Marion Street Transitway, HART's transit thoroughfare in downtown Tampa.

Click here to read the full story from the St. Petersburg Times.