Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that work will begin in 2017 on a $337 million expressway to link I-275 and U.S. 19 with elevated tollways. The five-year project, known as the Gateway Express, also includes a link from I-275 to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. The project was not expected to be funded for another 15 years
|Pinellas Gateway Express Project|
The Tampa Bay Times reported
The elevated roadway linking I-275 and U.S. 19 will run over 118th Avenue and then north to the airport. Once completed, the expressway could potentially shave 9 to 13 minutes off commuters' rush-hour drives.Will this project compete with the Greenlight Pinellas proposal? Google maps reflect the normal (non-peak) commute time between downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Clearwater is about a half hour.
|Drive Commute from Downtown St. Petersburg to Downtown Clearwater|
|Greenlight Pinellas light rail plan|
“To me, it’s complementary,” said Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and a leader of the Yes for Greenlight campaign. “You get great roads and you have great mass transportation.”The Tribune's subsequent Op-Ed:
This is the rationale behind Greenlight, which is meant to complement the road system, not compete with it. People will still have the option to commute alone in their cars. But for others, there will be choices.Greenlight Pinellas plan does not have anything to do with roads. There is nothing in the Greenlight Pinellas plan that states the plan is complementary to roads. Greenlight Pinellas is only about transit, land use and transit-oriented development. The only reference to roads is the Park and Ride, which indicates, you still need a car.
|Only reference to roads in Greenlight Pinellas plan|
The Greenlight Pinellas plan is not only a boondoggle, it now looks more like a fiscal cliff.
It's been a bad week for Greenlight Pinellas……
Update: Tampa Bay Business Journal online poll