HART board member expresses concern about new push for light rail in Hillsborough County

  • HART board member Karen Jaroch

A Hillsborough County transportation group will hold its third meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and this time the public is invited to speak.

The members — consisting of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace's mayors, as well as representatives from the Hillsborough County Commission and other transportation leaders — came together earlier this summer as 'the leadership group'. They're tasked with resuming serious discussions about the county's lagging transportation issues.

This November will mark three years since Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a penny sales tax increase that would've helped fund the construction of a light-rail system. While Pinellas County will present a similar option for their residents to vote on next year, there has been nothing close to resembling that type of action in Hillsborough.

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