They have worked with partners and colleagues for months to help craft a comprehensive transportation plan for the future of our community. Yesterday, the members of the Greenlight Council fully endorsed the transportation blueprint they helped create: The Greenlight Pinellas Plan.
The Greenlight Council, made up of local civic, business and government leaders, had asked for independent validation of financial assumptions for parts of the plan before granting approval. Those portions involve plans outlining proposed bus improvements and the implementation of a future light rail line. “Scrubbing the numbers and being able to answer the public’s question, ‘If I give you my penny, can you do what you say you’re going to do?’ with a resounding ‘yes’ is very important and unusual,” said Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Ronnie Duncan. “It’s unusual to do this kind of detailed analysis at this point in the process and for that I commend PSTA and its partners in this process.”
After receiving validation of the Greenlight Pinellas financial assumptions from experts at Ernst and Young and HNTB, the council unanimously voted to endorse the plan. Members will now take the plan to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and request that a funding proposal be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
Over the next few weeks county staff will work with PSTA to craft ballot language for the referendum asking voters to change transit funding in Pinellas County from its current 0.7305 mil property tax to a one percent sales tax. That process will include a BOCC workshop on December 3rd and a public hearing tentatively scheduled for December 10, 2013.
To learn more about this new, comprehensive transit improvement plan, along with supporting study documentation, visit www.greenlightpinellas.com.