Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Transit in the News

We've got all the latest transit news for you!
There have been quite a few developments on the state and local transit scene lately. Here's a round-up of what people are talking about right now.

Governor Nixes High-Speed Rail
Florida's newly minted chief executive, Gov. Rick Scott, announced today that the state would not accept the federal government's funding for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Read some of the coverage below.

Tampa Bay Business Journal (heads up - may require subscription)
Gov. Rick Scott turns down high-speed rail funding
You can also answer the Journal's survey question on the governor's decision here.
Tampa leaders: Scott's rejection hurts area's recovery
Dems, Republicans criticize Scott for rejecting rail money
Local leaders react strongly to Scott's decision to pull plug on high speed rail

HART, PSTA Plan for the Future
The HART and PSTA Boards of Directors met this week to discuss ways to work together on making transit improvements in the area. One idea that might gain some traction in the future: a light rail line across Tampa Bay.

WMNF Radio
Pinellas & Hillsborough transit agencies consider rail over Tampa Bay

Test Driving Rail?
In addition to discussions with Pinellas County on a future partnership, HART has suggested a possible "demonstration line," a shorter light rail system that would offer Tampa residents a chance to see how such a project could work. The facts and figures are still being evaluated, but if successful, a downtown-to-airport line could carry residents and visitors in a whole new way.

WMNF Radio
HART may build demonstration rail line to airport
HART exploring 'demonstration' light rail line

What do you think of all these developments? Let us know in the comments!

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