COMMENTARY

Do Cost-Benefits Of Each System

By JIM NORMAN

Published: Mar 11, 2007

Several weeks ago on these pages, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik described a way to build a regional light-rail system by using existing CSXT railroad lines. To fund the project, he suggested that local governments eliminate the property tax for transit and replace it with a half-cent sales tax.

We asked community leaders their reaction to his proposal. Here are their responses:

I am excited with all the discussion concerning transportation and moving our community forward with a Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Transportation has always been and will continue to be one of the major challenges that confront our local, state and federal governments.

I believe the responsibility of our local governing bodies is to work together in concert with our state and federal governments toward the goal of enabling our citizens to move from Point A to Point B at the lowest possible cost, safely and with minimal inconvenience.

The first question that must be answered regarding mass transit is should it be a bus system, a rail system or a combination of both? I believe we should answer that question and determine the cost/benefit of each concurrently.

Jim Norman is chairman of the Hillsborough County Commission.



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