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Jack Sprat April 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM
"The majority of the plan is a 65% increase in PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) busRead Mores ervices."-----------------And that "majority of the plan is projected to cost $300 million.---------So why is only 10% of the money being planned for bus improvements and 90% ($2.5 BILLION) allocated to building a streetcar line from St. Pete to Clearwater? How many people need to go from St. Pete to Clearwater? PSTA predicts LESS THAN 1% of the population.---------Less than 1% will do nothing to "reduce traffic congestion, and improve the air quality in Pinellas County."------------------ Mr Urgo, please tell us where you are getting your information. You seem to be trying to convince us that we need to invest almost $3 BILLION in something we don't need - and 2/3 of that money will be BORROWED, debt that our children and grandchildren will be repaying with interest over the next 30-40 years.-----------Tell us the truth, Mr. Urgo, tell us where you get your information. Are you paid to write such glowing descriptions that have NO relationship to the facts? (I know you are reading this, please respond.)
Stephen Urgo April 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Jack Sprat – the figures I provided come directly from the Greenlight Pinellas website.Read MoreThe-we bsite provides links to various pages including the plan, routes, and projected costs. I posted the link at the end of the article, but here it is again: http://greenlightpinellas.com/
Jack Sprat April 24, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Thank you, Mr. Urgo. I posted above many of the REAL facts at this link on the Greenlight website,Read Moreb ut here it is again: http://www.psta.net/PDF/Greenlight%20Pinellas%20Preliminary%20Financial%20Feasibility%20Analysis.pdf ---------------- Your article is full of unproven assertions: additional funding from additional ridership (with even more additional expenses), economic and environmental impact cannot be overstated (it can be), Tourists will enjoy moving around Pinellas County without having to drive (no, they will not), enhanced bus service and light rail will move students and commuters more efficiently throughout the county enhancing businesses, tourism, and job growth (really?), greener transportation options (empty buses are not green), Traffic congestion and air pollution will decrease making for a better quality of life for all (unproven outcomes), etc. etc.---------pick one (or all) of these and tell me how YOU can come to the conclusion that any one (or all) is true. ------ it all makes a nice advertising brochure/website (at taxpayers expense), but they are all assumptions, not facts.----------- "There will also be a route to the Tampa area including Tampa International Airport."......That is is a huge maybe - in 2040. According to PSTA CEO Brad Miller, NO connection is in the Greenlight plan. -------- "It's time to join other metropolitan areas that have done the same to improve the quality of life in their communities." ------- There are even more cities of our approximate size that DO NOT have the enormous expenses that come with light rail/streetcar lines. Here's a list of those cities along with average commute times (faster in cities with NO rail): http://www.sunbeamtimes.com/2014/04/17/rail-fact-pinellas-is-not-alone-in-avoidng-rail-and-benefitting-from-it/ ------------- I am sure that the realtors, developers, contractors, Duke Energy and of course the politicians, all appreciate your support for a plan that takes $3 BILLION out of our economy and gives us $200 million a year in operating expenses (75% paid by taxpayers). ------------- I look forward to your response.
Allan Greenfield April 22, 2014 at 01:42 PM
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