Tampa Bay is undergoing a rapid transformation in this era, and that transformation is going to mean more people will be living here in the area. With more people, we will no doubt have more congested roadways. A new plan has been brought up; Pinellas County’s Bus Rapid Transit project, or BRT.
This BRT project will connect downtown St Petersburg to its beaches on the Gulf Coast. People are arguing on both sides. On one hand, it crosses nearly 50,000 jobs on its way from downtown St. Pete, through to Tropicana Field, all the way to the beaches. On the other side are many people saying that buses are already in place and nobody uses them, plus the project is going cut down car lanes in some areas and bike lanes in others.
Pinellas County is the most densely populated counties here Tampa and the roadways will only get more congested if you cut down the number of lanes cars can operate in. The plans also have free wifi on the buses and most likely lower pricing. Obviously, the people behind the project are looking to attract riders from the over 50,000 jobs connected through St. Pete plus its tourists. There are its draws and flaws, but we will be getting answers soon enough on whether or not they will move forward with plans.
By Diego Quintero