TED Policy Leadership Group recommends ½ cent sales tax

Patrons boardingIf it’s better transportation you want, the decision may soon be yours. The Transportation for Economic Development Policy Leadership Group voted in November to recommend the proposal for a ½ cent sales tax increase for transportation to the County Commission. Only the County Commission can decide to put a referendum on the ballot.

The Community Transportation Plan was created from ideas expressed from the public on getting around the county in the coming years, especially with all the new residents expected to move here. The plan not only sets forward a list of important transportation projects for the next ten years, but tackles the challenge of how to pay for them.

There’s practically something for everyone – fixing potholes, road widening, smart signals, trails, intersection safety, and improvements to the transit system. The additional funds for transit would amount to about $30 million and include:

  • First-mile/last mile services like MetroBee
  • Express service to Tampa International Airport from Tampa and St Pete
  • Flex service in Brandon, Seffner, Carrollwood, Gandy, Race Track Road, in the airport industrial area
  • New local routes along Lumsden, Fishhawk, Brandon, Bearss, and in Thonotosassa
  • A circulator between downtown Tampa and Channelside
  • Improved the Temple Terrace flex route arrivals from one hour to every 30 minutes
  • New MetroRapid routes from Brandon to downtown; Temple Terrace to TIA; and Kennedy Boulevard to TIA
  • Extended hours of operations on several weekday routes, with earlier and/or later service, plus more weekend service
  • Improved frequencies in the peak hour and non-peak hour for all services

And that just highlights the transit improvements. Read about all of the proposed transportation projects in the Community Transportation Plan, and view the development timeline of TED/GO Hillsborough.

In the next couple of months, the Board of County Commissioners will decide if the citizens of Hillsborough County vote in November 2016 on whether to fund these transportation projects.

Then it’ll be your turn to decide.