City of Tampa plans to improve transit options – CBS Tampa

TAMPa, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Just a week after the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s more than $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill, the city of Tampa is already making plans on the way to share his share of the money.

On Tuesday, city leaders gathered to discuss how to improve public transit.

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City leaders say the streetcar and buses that pass through downtown Tampa could be improved, with more travel options, faster transportation, and more connections between places like Ybor City and the Tampa International Airport.

Evan Davis resides in the Tampa Bay area and uses the downtown Tampa transit system to get to and from work.

“There really is only one, so it’s not the best transit system, although it’s better than nothing. I think if it was air conditioned more people would probably use it, ”Davis said. He says, “Having a public transportation system where I don’t have to use my car and park because it’s pretty hard to find parking in downtown Tampa. It’s pretty cool.

He says he’s excited to hear that the city is planning to expand and improve transit options.

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“There will definitely be less traffic because not everyone will have to use their car. Instead of having 20 cars, you can have a streetcar, ”Davis said.

On Tuesday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and other city and state leaders gathered to discuss how they will use their part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill.

“In our eyes, there has been a lot of funding for public transportation in South Florida, and there is a lot of work that has been done in the Orlando area, so we think now is the time. of Tampa Bay, ”said Mayor Castor.

Vik Bhide, of the Tampa City Department of Mobility, said the city is considering several transit options such as CSX and Amtrak, two rail services. They are also considering other changes for tourists and residents.

“Modernization and extension of the tram system right behind us, the other is a connection between the airport and downtown Ybor City to really complete this jobs corridor loop if you will, and the third is to connect our downtown area to the USF, ”Bhide said.

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City leaders say they don’t know how much money will be allocated to the Tampa Bay area or which projects will still be a priority. We will bring this information to you as soon as we have it.

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