TAMPA BAY, FL, October 15, 2013 – TBARTA’s Board of Directors, made up of representatives from each of the seven regional counties, as well as from the largest cities served by HART, PSTA, and SCAT, unanimously endorsed the Greenlight Pinellas Plan at their meeting September 27, 2013.
After hearing from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) CEO Brad Miller on the proposed plan for enhanced bus service, a light rail “spine” through the county, and other transit improvements, TBARTA Board members discussed the elements of the plan.
Greenlight is multimodal in scope, but emphasizes a comprehensive expanded bus network (in frequency and routes) with a more streamlined grid network and rapid corridors, and land use coordination in hopes to improve and preserve the quality of life in Pinellas County.
These improvements are consistent with TBARTA’s long-term (2050) regional master plan, which calls for some form of premium fixed-route transit service in Pinellas County.
The Greenlight Pinellas Plan calls for a 1% sales tax increase in lieu of the existing ad valorem property tax, to fund this enhanced transit service. The proposal is slated to be on the County ballot in November 2014.
To learn more about the Greenlight Pinellas Plan, visit www.GreenlightPinellas.com.
TBARTA was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007 to plan and develop a multimodal transportation system that will connect the seven counties of the Tampa Bay region – Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota. For more information, visit www.TBARTA.com.