The proposed 1% Transportation Sales Surtax Referendum would go about half towards investing in roads and safety and the other half in expanding transit options. Improvements focused on investing in roads and safety include reducing congestion with computerized traffic lights, improving intersections and roads, fixing potholes and resurfacing streets, and providing new walking and biking options. The expanded transit options would create express routes to connect commuters, have a more efficient neighborhood bus service, and provide service to over 100,000 seniors and disabled citizens.
“As a diligent steward of Downtown Tampa and its stakeholders, our organization believes that increased investment in transportation initiatives will improve the quality of life in our community and encourage physical as well as economic development,” said Lynda Remund, President, and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
The referendum provides the framework and funding for the community to build and develop a robust transportation system that would relieve rush hour bottlenecks, enhance bus services, and expand public transit options while providing a significantly improved transportation network in the cities of Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace, and throughout Hillsborough County.