Powerful Tampa Bay interests campaign for local light rail funding: News. Politics. Media

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio: “We must have a state-of-the-art light rail system to be competitive in the 21st century.”

With plans for a federally funded high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando on the fast track, some of the Tampa Bay area’s most powerful political and business interests are pushing to secure funding for a connecting light rail system. But with local and state governments facing continued budget deficits across the board, those hopes rest on Hillsborough County citizens footing the bill. #

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