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Date of Issue: October 22, 2008

Regional transportation thoughts sought at local sessions

The public is invited to attend public presentations on multi-county transportation plans next month.

The Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority will hold presentations Nov. 5 to give the public a glimpse of the group’s plans for high-speed transportation.

TBARTA encompasses Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. The plans include a mixture of express bus service and/or light rail. No funding has been earmarked for proposed routes.

Locally, public workshops are set for Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at USF/New College campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. that day at Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.

TBARTA was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007 to plan and develop a multimodal transportation system that will connect seven counties in the region. A master plan must be completed by July 2009 with a goal of developing a vision for regional integration of transportation systems and partnerships with government agencies and businesses.

For more information on the proposals, go to www.tbarta.com or call 813-217-4048.