By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay
I-275 is used by over 250K people every day. It serves as a major evacuation route in Tampa Bay. It is a major commuter corridor for those who live and work in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. It is a major corridor for students going to USF, cancer patients going to Moffitt Cancer Center, tourists going to Busch Gardens, patients going to Byrd Alzheimer Center and veterans going to the VA Hospital.
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|Picture of Rick Fernandez courtesy of Zack Wittman at the Tampa Bay Times
Imagine the exhaust fumes with increased congestion created by tearing down I-275 and all the cars stopped idling at street level railroad crossings every day. Fernandez may need a bigger mask.
Tyler Hudson, the Chair of All for Transportation, was on the Board of the Tampa Heights Civic Association, a Sunshine Citizens coalition partner, during the AFT tax hike referendum campaign.
With such cozy relationships, it makes one wonder if there’s collaboration and coordination going on between the All for Transportation PAC and the Sunshine Citizens nonprofit.
The genesis for the Sunshine Citizens interstate tear down “Vision” came from a thesis written by a USF architecture graduate student Joshua Frank. Frank, who is not an engineer or a transportation expert, stated in this recent article:
Frank, a USF graduate student with little to no practical experience thinks he knows best. One cannot find a more condescending and elitist attitude than this.
Less than 2% use transit in Hillsborough County. Frank and his Sunshine Citizen allies want to spend untold billions of taxpayer dollars on Frank’s social engineering vision.
Sunshine Citizens wants to use the new bucket of AFT billions to pay for all the rail projects.
And HART’s new CEO, Benjamin Limmer, wants to create a big, new redistribution giveaway program and spend AFT rail tax dollars on train rides for “free.”
We warned last year that the $16 Billion AFT tax hike was a rail tax but it’s much worse.
It’s tearing down major interstates, costly rail everywhere and a “free” train ride giveaway program.
Is that what voters voted for last November?