County Center needs to move out of downtown Tampa to provide easier access to County services and get out of the City of Tampa "bubble" to better serve county residents in unincorporated Hillsborough.
And all in one days work at the March 4 Hillsborough County Commission meeting, the commissioners take actions to shut down small business, raise taxes and take away choices from their own constituents.
We await the Supreme Court ruling on the All for Transportation transit tax and whether it will survive at all. Be cognizant of the proposed projects to tear own I-275 for a rail boulevard and road diets on Florida and Nebraska Avenues for transit that would create gridlock in Hillsborough County. Not only does the All for Transportation transit tax not fund new road capacity, it will remove existing road capacity.
PSTA is headed towards being bankrupt and their proposed $45 million Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project will hasten PSTA's insolvency. Instead of addressing their financial decline and fiscal mess, PSTA is seeking a new revenue source to bail them out. PSTA wants to get another transit tax referendum on the 2020 ballot.
Many of the issues we raised last year about the All for Transportation (AFT) $16 Billion transit tax are coming home to roost.
Listen as the Eye speaks with Karen Jaroch, who helped lead the opposition to the AFT tax last year and raised warnings about its issues, discuss how the All for Transportation mess started, what the county commission is doing and the two appeals that have been filed to the Florida Supreme Court.
Pinellas Transit Agency PSTA seeks over $21 million from the Federal Transit Administration and additional funds from the Florida Department of Transportation for a Bus Rapid Transit Project. But opposition is growing to the project as two (S Pasadena and St Pete Beach) of the three municipalities formally oppose the project and opposition grows in the city of St. Petersburg. More details about PSTA's latest mess in podcast.
There appears to be flaws and irregularities with the recent court ruling on the All for Transportation tax. Residents and taxpayers of Hillsborough County need to beware of them and the risk that could be placed on taxpayers if Hillsborough county commissioners start spending the All for Transportation (AFT) tax dollars before all legal issues are resolved. Recent court ruling appears to have put the AFT tax through a sausage grinder creating more ground sausage.
It's urgent to stop PSTA's proposed $42 million Central Avenue BRT project. PSTA is going insolvent, their ridership has tanked 20% over last 5 years and they submitted misleading information in their federal transit grant request. PSTA uses road diets that takes away lanes of vehicle traffic for a bus only lane creating more congestion. Listen up for how you can help stop this bad project now.
Urbanists want to tear down Interstates used by 250-300K people everyday & serve as major evacuation routes. Hillsborough MPO just voted to spend federal tax money to study tearing down 10 miles of I-275 when that concept was rejected in their own current planning effort. The fate of FDOT's planned interstate improvements to reduce congestion, fix malfunction junction will be decided at MPO public hearing on June 11, 6pm, County Center 2nd floor Board chamber.
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