HART advances light-rail plan
April 20, 2010
The transit authority board on Monday narrowed potential light-rail alignments between downtown and northeast Tampa and the West Shore Business District, eliminating from further consideration concepts along Kennedy Boulevard and Nebraska and Florida avenues that would have competed heavily with vehicular traffic.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority directed consultant PB Americas Inc. to refine its analysis to six routes: three north-south and three east-west:
•Northeast: 30th Street and CSX right of way
•Northeast: 30th Street, 22nd Street and CSX right of way
•Northeast: Interstate 275
•West Shore: Cypress and Cass
•West Shore: Cypress, Cleveland and Platt streets.
•West Shore: Interstate 275
Route maps are shown at www.gohart.org.
All north-south alignments would serve the University of South Florida; two of three would serve Busch Gardens.
The east-west alignments would terminate in West Shore at a bus transit center to be built at Obrien and Spruce streets on Tampa International Airport property by 2011.
Light-rail routes will serve the proposed high-speed rail station south of where interstates 275 and 4 meet.
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