Tampa Bay Light Rail Transit System Approved

Transportation planners voted to approve a plan that would build a light rail and express bus service around Tampa Bay. The plan includes more than 100 miles of light rail lines and more than 400 miles of bus service by 2035. It would continue to grow by the year 2050, ultimately connecting seven counties and 43 cities.

Organizers anticipate that federal money will cover most of the cost, but at least a portion will be covered by a local sales tax increase, or other means. The first priority is expected to connect a light rail from the University of South Florida area to downtown Tampa.