Tampa traffic congestion: a shot in the foot
Interestingly enough the 2010 Urban Mobility Report by the Texas Transportation Institute puts Tampa-St. Pete congestion at #25 in yearly delay by auto, while the worst 15 cities all have light-rail systems and still ranked Tampa-St. Pete slightly better than average for the 439 urban areas studied and way down at #89 on Congestion Trends – Wasted Time 1982 to 2009.
The 2011 report puts Tampa at #28.
I agree with HART chief executive David Armijo that investment in public transportation is necessary to reduce area traffic congestion. I question however if the same concern is held by the keepers of the purse strings on the half-cent sales tax increase (CIT) we have been paying into since 1997.
(Oh, but we did get a nice new home for the Bucs out of it though.)
As nearly as I can determine, not one single dollar has come out of the CIT to actually put even one new bus on the road; yet 100 new buses received from grants sit idle in HART parking lots.
How much are we STILL spending on resuscitating the failed Tampa Choo-Choo initiative?
$40 MILLION CIT money is earmarked for yet more studies and future transit planning, but none for today’s transit needs.
We can’t wait for three and five-year plans to tell us what we should be doing today.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
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- Vancouver is Canada’s most traffic-congested city: study (canada.com)
- How bad driving habits are causing GTA traffic gridlock (thestar.com)
- Seattle traffic congestion: 4th worst in North America (blogs.seattletimes.com)
- TomTom launches Congestion Index based on traffic database; congestion levels in 57 cities in North America and Europe (greencarcongress.com)
- North American Congestion Index: Los Angeles has the worst traffic in North America (parkingsigns.net)
- WSDOT: Washington traffic congestion is increasing (blogs.seattletimes.com)
- There’s a Lot Riding on U.S. DOT’s Definition of “Congestion” (dc.streetsblog.org)
- Rock Church Traffic Congestion Continues (sandiego6.com)
- Annual Study on Nationwide Traffic Congestion to be Released January 20 (prweb.com)