Proposal to create a Tampa Bay area transit agency passes House committee

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A bill that would create a regional transit agency connecting four Tampa Bay-area counties passed in a Florida House Committee Thursday.

The legislation, sponsored in the House by Plant City Republican Dan Raulerson (HB 1243) would create a four-county agency consisting of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee Counties, and developed in advance of a much-anticipated Florida Department of Transportation transit study scheduled to be completed next year.

The agency would be given the direction to plan, implement and operate multimodal transit options throughout the region. It would coordinate plans among member counties and prioritize regionally-significant projects. And it designates TBARTA as the recipient of federal funds for any intercounty or major one-county project.

Clearwater GOP Senator Jack Latvala is sponsoring the Senate version (SB 1672)

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]



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