Regional Rapid Transit Workshops Scheduled
Director of Communications
Phone: (813) 639-7743
TAMPA, Fla. (December 2) – Beginning this Thursday, December 5, Tampa Bay has an opportunity to learn more and comment on Regional Rapid Transit (RRT), TBARTA’s plan to connect Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties along I-275 with all-day modern mobility that is quick, safe, reliable and frequent. Three community workshops are scheduled, one for each of the counties RRT will serve.
“Right now, we’re conducting a project development and environmental study, and public input is an important part of the decisions we’re making,” said David Green, TBARTA Executive Director. “These workshops are not just to educate the public, they’re also the chance for people to speak out and be heard so we can prioritize their needs into the plans. We encourage anyone interested in the future of regional transit in Tampa Bay to come see us at one of these workshops.”
Workshops are scheduled in Wesley Chapel, Tampa and St. Petersburg:
Thursday, December 5, 4:30-6:30pm – Wesley Chapel
Pasco-Hernando State College – Porter Campus
2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel 33543
Tuesday, December 10, 4:30-6:30pm – Tampa
International Plaza – Corporate Center 3
4221 West Boy Scout Road, Tampa 33607
Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-6:30pm – St. Petersburg
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg 33716
Using bus rapid transit, RRT is designed to provide fast, comfortable, and cost-effective transportation, and is a type of transit increasingly being implemented around the world. Cities in the United States now operating bus rapid transit include Eugene, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Las Vegas, and cities operating freeway-based bus rapid transit service include Minneapolis, Seattle, Cincinnati, and San Diego. New service is being planned in Miami, Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Kansas City, and Albuquerque, among others.
TBARTA’s proposed route would begin in downtown St. Petersburg and travel north on I-275 through downtown Tampa before ending in Wesley Chapel. At the workshops, project managers will be on hand to discuss the project, and why it can also serve as a catalyst to the future of a regional transit network that benefits all five counties in the TBARTA region, including Hernando and Manatee.
“This project represents a phenomenal opportunity for Tampa Bay,” said Jack Gonsalves, WSP USA’s national BRT design expert, part of TBARTA’s consultant team. “We have an opportunity to push the envelope of BRT design and technology while reimagining how our interstates can better serve all, connecting the region in ways that are not available today.”
A video introducing the Regional Rapid Transit project can be viewed, along with project information, at www.rrt.tbarta.com. The current project development and environmental study (PD&E) examines the length and location of dedicated transit lanes; the number, types, and locations of stations; the potential for economic growth; and the ability to seamlessly connect the BRT to our current and planned local transit services provided by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT), and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).
For more information about TBARTA and the Regional Rapid Transit project, contact Chris Jadick, TBARTA Director of Communications, at Chris.Jadick@tbarta.com or 813-639-7743.
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) works to advance regional transportation needs in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Our purpose is to plan, develop, fund, implement, and operate a world-class regional transit system in Tampa Bay. For more information, visit www.TBARTA.com.