Light rail and jobs
In the debate about light rail, it's easy to become confused when someone says it will create jobs. Exactly how does light rail create jobs? Having just returned from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's annual benchmarking trip, where we visited Phoenix, I saw the answer to this question firsthand.
The first round of jobs comes from building the light rail. Hillsborough will need to hire construction workers and contract engineers. These jobs potentially could span the duration of all six light-rail line constructions.
After each line is completed, the real estate around the rail will develop further. Residential and commercial buildings will pop up around the stations. Many of the jobs at this point will be service and retail positions created by shops and restaurants.
Light rail creates a richer commercial climate and a competitive job market. I will be voting for countywide transportation and for Hillsborough's future.
JOHN P. BAUMANN JR.