With a contentious sales tax vote in Hillsborough County on the horizon, transportation officials are holding meetings to present the public with proposed light rail plans for the Tampa area.

Hillsborough voters in November will vote on a penny sales tax increase which would go toward increased bus service, road improvements, and funding for light rail.

This week the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART,  has held public meetings in Tampa giving a preview of possible routes to include downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport. Several public meetings are also scheduled in Tampa next week. The schedule and locations are here.

HART officials are holding the meetings as the sales tax vote approaches, but the agency has already announced voters will not see final plans for light rail routes before election day.

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