Good Thursday Morning Everyone!
I know I’m a day late with this post, but it’s better late than never. In the Tampa Bay area, there are several crucial meetings coming up during the month of October, one by which requires an RSVP. I’m not sure how many slots are left, so you’d better act fact if you wish to attend.
The first meeting I’d like to mention is the one that requires a registration. This is the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Summit, which will be held on Thursday, October 10, from 9:30am to 12-noon at the Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel Ballroom. This summit is being hosted by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and will feature various speakers, including US Congressman John Mica.
For more information, and to register, click here.
The second meeting that I want to inform everyone about is the upcoming Hillsborough County Transportation Policy Leadership Group meeting. This is another very crucial meeting by which we need to continue to make our voices heard that better transit is needed NOW! This meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, at 6:00pm at Walter L. Sickles High School. The school is located at 7950 Gunn Highway in Tampa. Transit advocacy group Connect Tampa Bay (CTB) will be attending the meeting to show their support for better transit, and I hope that you will be able to join them as well!
For more information, and to RSVP, click here to visit CTB’s Facebook Event Page for the upcoming meeting.
The third meeting being held this month is concerning the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) study to replace the aging northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge, which was constructed in 1959 and is structurally deficient. This meeting is also crucial because with the current budget constraints, FDOT very well may just build a four lane bridge with no transit accommodations. We must make our voices heard that the new span must include some sort of a transit corridor, preferably accommodations for a future commuter rail line.
There will actually be two meetings held; one for Hillsborough residents and one for Pinellas residents. Please see the schedule below for details:
- Pinellas Meeting: Tuesday, October 8 from 5 to 7pm, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Operations Center, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
- Hillsborough Meeting: Thursday, October 10 from 5 to 7pm, Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607
For more information, click here.
If you can possibly attend any of these meetings, please do! The future of our transportation system depends on your input!