Compared to other major cities in the United States, Tampa’s transportation options are reasonably efficient. While Tampa traffic never comes close to the nightmare experienced daily by the residents of Los Angeles who get lost in bottlenecks on I-405 for hours at a time, Tampa’s transit could use an update to alleviate rush hour congestion on downtown I-275 and eastbound I-4 as well as a few other areas.
Good news! After rejecting transit expansion plans in 2010, 2014, and 2016, the Hillsborough County Commission is finally making progress on a handful of high-impact transportation projects. In part one of this two-part article, our Tampa construction attorneys will take a look at two new projects coming down the pipeline to streamline Tampa transit.
University of South Florida Circulator
The University of South Florida (USF) area will soon receive a much-needed reprieve from its congested college traffic when a circulator system is installed in the near future. A circulator is a bus that serves an area around a specific locale. In this case, the planned 7-mile circulator will connect the university, medical hubs, and Busch Gardens. This project will be extremely beneficial for medical workers and students, as well as some of the low-income populace that inhabits this area. Developing hyper-local transit systems could be the first step in developing an interconnected system of small-scale transportation alternatives that connect to a larger, regional framework.
Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit System
In neighboring Pinellas County, an important section of Tampa Bay by extension, county officials hope to build a rapid transit (BRT) system of buses to safely shepherd residents between downtown St. Petersburg and various beaches along the coastline. The Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit System would run on dedicated lanes north and south along First Avenue. The 11-mile route would feature 17 stops and buses would run every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, Pinellas County will need federal assistance to pull off this project, so current plans are tentative at best.
The Tampa construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law are excited to be a part of Tampa’s transportation transformation. In part two, we will examine three more exciting projects that hope to address existing issues in Tampa transit.
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