Transportation Public Forum - opportunity to provide your input
The next public engagement meeting will be held at 6 pm, Monday, November 4th, at Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road, in the Dover area off Interstate 4 at Exit 14.
This meeting follows up on the recent Policy Leadership Group meeting at which FDOT District 7 Secretary Paul Steinman presented his vision and challenges.
We will be discussing Secretary Steinman's presentation at this meeting as well as continuing to take your comments on, and input to, this process.
Half the battle is simply showing up - the pro rail side will be there so hope some people can attend.
Hillsborough has a critical road funding problem and we need our county commissioners to:
1. FIX OUR ROADS FIRST!
2. Embrace private sector transportation solutions by reducing regulations and get rid of the PTC that is inhibiting innovation
3. Cautiously plan to expand bus service
FDOT will be replacing the Howard Frankland bridge - best option we believe is to replace the bridge and add additional capacity - high utilization managed/bus toll lanes. It will cost twice as much to build a rail over the bridge which will be under utilized at a huge cost to taxpayers. Currently bus service across the bridge on a daily basis is about 120 riders per day (that's the total of those going from Hillsborough to Pinellas and riders from Pinellas to Hillsborough each day). We don't need a rail across the Howard Frankland but we do need additional capacity.
ALERT: This was just published: "Florida Department of TransportationSecretary Ananth Prasad said the state is committed to building an estimated $25 million substructure to accommodate light rail on the replacement span of the Howard Frankland bridge." http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2013/10/30/fdot-secretary-state-will-build.html
FDOT's District 7 Secretary Paul Steinman can be reached at (813)[masked] if you would like to tell him NO RAIL on the Howard Frankland bridge.
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad in Tallahassee can be reached at [masked] to tell him NO RAIL on Howard Frankland bridge.