A big TBARTA snafu

You got that right, a big TBARTA snafu (okay maybe NOT THAT BIG), but a snafu nonetheless. And this has to do with a job post that they put out on one of those online job search sites. There were also posts put into the two area newspapers.

To put everything in a nutshell, TBARTA posted a postion that was described as “Special Assistant to the Board”. The problem was, no one knew exactly what that position was or what specific duties were involved. Many applicants, according to the Tampa Tribune article (see here), thought it was a clerical postion. But board members thought the position would involve lobbying for funds, which is strictly prohibited by the state when it comes to agencies receiving public funds.

So, instead of narrowing down candidates, the TBARTA board will spend next week trying to clarify exactly what the position is for, while at the same time, trying to polish its reputation.

Tampa LRT – Red Line

Every two weeks or so, I will unveil a component of my vision for the Tampa area LRT.

To start things off, here’s the Red Line, which would connect South Tampa to Wesley Chapel via Downtown Tampa.

The main stops along this route include:

  • Marion Transit Center (Downtown Tampa) – Orange, Navy, & Green Lines
  • University Area Transit Center – Pink, Purple, & Olive Lines
  • University Mall – Purple Line

Speaking of the Olive Line, this is an additional route not included in my original system map. The Olive Line is basically a short route that connects the UATC to Busch Gardens. Trains would run every 20 minutes begining a 40 minutes before the park opens, until 40 minutes after the park closes. Adventure Island would also be served by this hypothetical line.

Also note here, that Britton Plaza, University Mall, Tampa Palms, New Tampa, & Wesley Chapel stations are all equipped with Park-n-Ride lots.