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Jerry Lane April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
This article simply regurgitates pro-referendum talking points. Studies show rail does NOT relieveRead Morec ongestion. Rail is not about mobility as PSTA CEO Brad Miller stated last summer high cost rail had to be included for transit-oriented development - the do-gooders "right kind of development" which is most often subsidized too. Yes the economic impact can be overstated just like Greenlight falsely overstated population growth in Pinellas which is most likely to be STAGNANT over the next 25 years. Bus service can be vastly improved at a FRACTION of the $2.5 BILLION cost of a train few will ride. That's why Disney World is the 3rd largest bus fleet in the state after Miami and Jax because they know it's the most cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to move large numbers of people to actually where they want to go. The Pinellas County commissioners know that the penny sales tax even if the property tax was kept will never cover the operating costs of a high cost train. That's why they asked senator Latvala to change what the Penny for Pinellas infrastructure tax can be used for. Today that tax can only be used for capital projects, roads, parks, sidewalks, schools, etc. The change the Pinellas County commissioners want is to allow the infrastructure tax to be used for transit operating and maintenance. That is the county commissioners admittance that a high cost rail system always need a new revenue source. Greenlight Pinellas has a basic math problem. They are expecting a Fed grant to cover over 36% of the capital costs of the train and there's no guarantees of that so what happens when the Fed provides less if at all? The power brokers will be coming back for more.
arthur finegold April 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Greenlight Pinellas will vastly improve bus service and make it viable. This will reduce trafficRead Morecon gestion, improve job opportunities for many and spur economic growth. Pinellas needs mass transit. They naysayers do not have a solution. Vote Yes.
Johann April 24, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Ahhh Mr. Finegold sure does love to spend other people's money. $50 million for the world's mostRead Moreexp ensive sidewalk (how'd that work out for ya?), and now BILLIONS to put a choo-choo train in the most densely populated, built-out county in the state. GLP will go down in flames just like the Len$ did, likely with a similar margin.
Allan Greenfield April 22, 2014 at 01:42 PM
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