Regional Transportation Master Plan for Tampa Released

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority has released its Draft Regional Transportation Master Plan. The plan calls for hundreds of miles of new LRT and commuter rail lines and a massive increase in local bus networks.

"The plan's centerpiece will be a network of transportation corridors stretching from Sarasota County to Citrus County and centered largely on Tampa, St. Petersburg and southern Pasco County.

That network will show potential hubs where commuter trains intersect with light-rail trains and buses. It also will show a grid of potential high-occupancy vehicle lanes, possibly on Interstate 75 and other highways, for buses, vans and vehicles with three or more people.

One highly visible piece of the plan is a train network to serve downtown Tampa, the West Shore Business District, the University of South Florida, Tampa International Airport, St. Petersburg and other job centers.

TBARTA officials say the idea is to view travel patterns from a regional perspective and relieve congestion by offering motorists an alternative to traveling alone in a car."

TBARTA Master Plan page

Thanks to Steve Brooks

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