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What's the Future of Transportation in Tampa?

An effort called InVision Tampa invites residents to join in the formulation of a master plan for the future of downtown and the city's center.

Do you have ideas for livable transportation or the master plan for Tampa's future? Share them below in the comments section.

What should Tampa look like in the future? A new effort led by Mayor Bob Buckhorn aims to find out.

InVision Tampa is Buckhorn's attempt to bring public ideas into the creation of a master plan that will reshape downtown and the city's center over the next two decades.

The project has already held two "Knowledge Exchange" meetings last month covering economic development and sustainable city living. The third is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Tampa Convention Center and will cover a hot-button issue as the city develops: livable transportation.

Organizers hope in-depth conversations between residents and the private sector looking to aid in the process of shaping Tampa's future will provide them with a "living workbook of initiatives in core areas of land planning, transit, zoning, and economic development and financing strategies."

InVision Tampa focuses on a two-mile radius from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue.

The Knowledge Exchange meetings, which include a speaker and an interactive participant exercise, have been attended by as many as 200 residents. Those who can't make the meeting are encouraged to weigh in through an I-Town Hall on the InVision Tampa website, where sessions are streamed live. They are also rebroadcast on City of Tampa television (CTTV), and selected comments from the meetings and other info are posted on InVision's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

If you would like to attend the meeting, RSVP to InVisionTampa@gmail.com.

Neil Cosentino June 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
A better solution for a public-private transit system with more mobility for less money starts from the TOP Down: 1. We need to select Transportation as our PTI - our Primary Target Industry [USF/CUTR supports this]. 2. Consolidation of all TBARTA area bus systems... 3. Change the business model - use the TRANSCHISE Business Model FMI about the TRANSCHISE contact FASTAFlorida at FASTAseaairland@verizon.net 813-251-4669
Sharon Short June 16, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I see huge bus after bus driving up and down Florida Ave with 4 or 5 riders aboard them. I don't know how much the cost is to keep a bus that size on the road but it seems to me a fleet of smaller busses would be more economical. I haven't checked on some of the other bus routes but I'm sure there are some statistics on the number of riders. The City might want to consider selling some of the larger busses and purchase some smaller ones. Just a thought here. Sharon
Neil Cosentino June 17, 2012 at 01:07 AM
This kind of waste is typical in government operations ... the only way to end it is: 1. Keep real time score cards on everything they do .... for we all lose when no one keeps score. 2. Measure efficiency by cost per seat mile like the airlines. Government and Transportation Authorities do not like keeping real time scorecards ... they win no matter who gets hurt or pays... 3. The bus systems must be consolidated into Public Private systems first then morphed into 10/90 public private systems ... that is the way to go!
Andrew June 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Privatized public transportation is an oxymoron. Efficient, green, convenient transportation is a quality of life issue and will be key to the growth of any aspiring urban area in the new century. As such, the community (not a handful of investors looking to milk maximum profit FROM the community) needs to invest heavily and quickly. Go to Boston, New York, or any Asian or European city and see what good can come of the concerted effort of a community's resources.

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