Our roads are overcrowded. Florida is growing, and the rate at which we expand our current infrastructure is not enough. FDOT is not responding rapidly enough to the quickly growing population in the Tampa Bay Area.
Why is this a problem? This affects so much more than just your frustrating daily commute. It affects commerce, safety, pollution, tourism, and so much more. If we can ease the burden on our road systems, we can help out in all of the above sectors.
The Solution: Invest in private infrastructure. The current proposals for FDOT to create “express” toll lanes on the existing highway systems will only lead to increased traffic within the non-toll lanes. This is an option that the public overwhelmingly does not support, however they are moving forward. If private firms are allowed to look into dedicated express toll roads, light rail, ride-sharing, and any other means of alternative transportation, then we can reduce the number of vehicles on the roads each and every day. It’s time for Hillsborough County to move forward, and allowing private investments into our infrastructure is only a positive move.
Quick Takeaway: Private investments into public infrastructure, such as light rail, can have a major positive impact on the community.