Tampa City Council Airport Rail Plan Flawed

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern’s opinion piece in the Sunday Tampa Tribune is just that: opinion. Where are the facts & supporting data for rail in Tampa? Her idea is to just cover our bases and have both rail services go to the airport. What’s missing is that the number one factor driving any mass transportation project must be based on ridership.

Instead of meaningful ridership studies the locations of rail routes, stations and types of service seemingly will be determined by what influential downtown Tampa business leaders think they should be, not where actual commuters need them to be.

If we are expecting the Federal Government to just print up more billions of dollars for Tampa rail, we should first know a whole lot more about who is going to ride these things and why.

Being careful about how our tax dollars are spent starts with every one of us.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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2 Responses to “Tampa City Council Airport Rail Plan Flawed”

  1. Marilyn Smith Says:

    It would appear JOHN WAYNE is correct with the RAIL RELIGION FEVER.

    There is no factual RIDERSHIP EVIDENCE ( actual nose count) to even prove the need for the LIGHT RAIL system to even exist.

    Unless and until ACTUAL PROVEN STOPS WITH PROVEN RIDERSHIP NUMBERS are presented…there can be NO REAL COST FACTORS
    PROVEN, WHICH EQUATE TO YOUR TAX DOLLAR BEING BLOWN TO THE WINDS BY THE PROPAGANDA FOLKS.

    So all the hoopla and it is HOOPLA by RAIL RELIGIOUS FEVER FOLK…
    TAMPABAY PARTNERSHIP propaganda machine will gloss over REAL TRUE INFORMATION and try to WOW you with pictures of vehicles of all sizes to make you feel the IMPLIED ALACRITY of getting there very fast, no matter your destination.

    Once again, “trust me to give you the facts… later”; and, that never comes. JUST VOTE NO TO GIVE THESE “LESS THAN HONEST” BUREAUCRATS AND PROMOTION ARTISTS potentially BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS.

    IT IS TOO LATE WHEN you wake up and remember….OH yeah “that is what happened to the CIT FUNDING….my oh my.

    SHOW US THE BLACK AND WHITE EVIDENCE….BEFORE VOTING DAY!

    WE WILL BE VOTING NO TO THE LACK OF EVIDENCE…
    Remember in court..lack of evidence can end up with the CASE LOST.
    This LIGHT-RAIL lacks substantial evidence to EVEN BE credible..LITTLE LONE BE FUNDED FOREVER…..YES FOREVER.

  2. John Wayne Says:

    The billions from the Feds are just a small piece of the funding…we will be stuck with the operating and maintenance costs. Beware of those with that Rail Religion

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