Tampa Ballpark Transit?

It is staggering sometimes how quickly the conversation changes. It seems like only last week that we were all “let the voters decide” about funding a transit plan (which has yet to commit to a single downtown transit route).

And now, all we can talk about is baseball. 

  • The ABC Coalition is asked to make a presentation to the BOCC “to make sure we have a seat at the table.”
  • Tampa Sports Authority is including a new ballpark in their strategic plan “to make sure it is prepared for anything.”
  • Build It Downtown Tampa is formed to “assemble downtown Tampa land for a baseball stadium.”
  • Florida High-speed Rail is also talking Tampa baseball: “in under an hour” from Orlando. 

It will be interesting to observe how the downtown transit route and downtown ballpark location conversations might begin to merge.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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