Mass Transit: The Next 40 Years
The Tampa Bay area poses a unique challenge for mass transportation. We'll take a look at the reasons we're behind other metropolitan areas our size and what community leaders are doing to increase our transportation options. You'll also see why having better transportation options makes for a better economy. And we'll hear from one man who has turned his commute to work into a way of life for his whole family.
For years, the talk in Florida has been about mass transit. Here in the Bay area, a relatively new planning agency is taking a regional approach to transportation planning and has unveiled a 40-year master plan. Light rail, expanded bus routes, dedicated lanes - it's all in there. This week, TBARTA officials join us to anser the questions you've submitted about the plan.
Bob Clifford describes how mass transit and future growth have to complement each other. (1:16)
Frank Hibbard and Clifford say the most frequent comments they have heard from the public have been "when can we have the system?" and "how much will it cost?" (1:20)
Clifford and Hibbard answer a listener question about building an underwater tunnel as part of the area's transit plans and explain why that has not been included. (0:44)
Bob Clifford explains that there are no rail systems in the nation making a profit, but that we build them for the public good, not to make money. (0:26)
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