City of Tampa to hold the first “InVision: Tampa Streetcar” brainstorm session on March 7

02/21/17

Residents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on improving this important downtown transportation choice

The City of Tampa is set to hold the first of three public meetings to discuss “Invision: Tampa Streetcar,” a public transportation feasibility study for the extension and modernization of the current streetcar system.

The March 7 meeting will be a community brainstorm session where residents will hear about the planning process and then provide input back to the planning team about the purpose of the project and about the needs of the downtown Tampa community for transportation options.

“Our urban core demands more transportation options. The streetcar system is an underutilized asset and we are taking a hard look at its future. A potential extension of the system through downtown could open up connections to new neighborhoods, jobs, and entertainment.,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The goal of this planning process is to take the first step towards creating another viable transportation choice for Tampa.”

During this project, the planning team will look at a wide range of corridors and technologies, including the possible use of autonomous transit vehicles, and will recommend feasible alternatives and funding strategies. The first phase of Invision: Tampa Streetcar is expected to be complete in early Summer 2017. If the results of the feasibility analysis are positive, a second phase will be initiated to select a preferred alternative and refine plans and strategies.

The public outreach meeting schedule for Phase 1 of  Invision: Tampa Streetcar is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 7 – Community Brainstorm #1 (Focus on Purpose and Need)
  • Tuesday, April 4 – Community Brainstorm #2 (Focus on Technology and Alignment Alternatives) 
  • Tuesday, May 2 – Results Roundtable

from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, FL, 33602.

Free parking is available in the Blue Parking Lot, adjacent to the History Center.

For those who can’t attend one of these public meetings, you can share your thoughts on the project website. Please visit www.tampagov.net/streetcar. Also, you can follow and comment on the City of Tampa’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on the planning process a, please call Milton Martinez, P.E. at (813) 274-8998 or email him at Milton.Martinez@tampagov.net.

 

 

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