Transportation for Tampa’s Future
Tampa is soaring. Over the last eight years, our city has become known as an economic leader and urban pioneer nationwide. While Tampa should be proud of what we have accomplished, taking the next step to being a worldwide leader requires a first-class transportation system that is affordable, accessible and innovative. It’s time for a transportation system that secures Tampa’s future and a Mayor that can get it done.
Taking the Lead
It is our time to lead on transportation solutions for the future. By acting boldly, we will motivate our state and federal partners to work with us hand-in-hand as we build a transportation system that meets the needs of generations to come. Our ability to connect businesses large and small with the communities they serve through increased walkability, bike-ability, rapid-transit buses, an extension of streetcar routes, rail and ride-share technologies are all key to providing our citizens with the frequent, reliable, and convenient public transportation they deserve.
Investing in Our Neighborhoods
With the passage of the All For Transportation sales tax, HART has an unprecedented opportunity to invest in our future now. Our communities in West Tampa, East Tampa, and Sulphur Springs need reliable bus service they can count on. As Mayor, I will use my seat on the HART board to fight for every neighborhood to have the dependable bus system they deserve through upgrading existing transfer stations and building multimodal hubs with fixed transit lines that connect riders from Westshore to New Tampa.
Expanding our reliance on rail is vital to Tampa’s transportation future. It is time to activate the CSX line from Port Tampa to USF, expand the streetcar route to from Tampa Heights through Seminole Heights, and construct a transportation hub to act as the future heart of light rail that connects the Brightline from Orlando to the airport and St. Petersburg.
Improving Public Safety
A transportation system that works for our future starts with keeping our citizens safe. The Tampa Bay region is a nationwide leader in traffic and pedestrian fatalities. It is time we implement real solutions addressing these serious issues. We must make walking and biking safer and more accessible, cut down on traffic fatalities, and protect our pedestrians. Well-designed bicycle routes, safer street crossings, and new and repaired sidewalks, better lighting on our roadways, and reducing the speed limits in high-traffic areas will increase public safety and encourage biking and walking for residents.