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This website is home base to the online sharing and chronicling of information related to transit rail evolution in Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Tampa Bay region in general.

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October 2, 2017 New 2024 Howard Frankland Plan: 8-Lane Bridge With Bike Path
Article Quote: "...Those toll lanes will also be available to buses and even self-driving vehicles, whenever that technology arrives in the future. And two of those toll lanes could also be converted for use by a light rail system..."
September 30, 2017 Don't Be A Car's Bitch
New Tampa Rail Blog Entry
September 29, 2017 Imagine: Light rail Along I-275 From Wesley Chapel to Tampa to St. Pete
July 22, 2017 Tampa's Streetcar; Tool Chest of Development"
Feature - I am making a point to restore the most interesting Tampa Rail content as it was once presented during any of the site's previous incarnations over the years. This particular piece was deemed a "Tampa Rail Transit Web Page" exclusive at the time it was posted in 2002, a few months before the actual opening of the streetcar line. The same day I took the tour described in the article I also shot video while aboard a streetcar during its test run. You can view that here.
July 14, 2017 Jeff Vinik: Politicians Are Holding Back Tampa Bay's Transit Future"
June 16, 2017 TBARTA Trades "Transportation" for "Transit"
May 27, 2017 Tampa Again Comes up Short in Quest to Hold City-Only Sales Tax Referendum for Transit
May 27, 2017 Coming Soon to the Area Around the University of South Florida: New Teslas to Ferry People to and from Bus Stops
May 27, 2017 Private High-Speed Rail Project with Planned Tampa Stop Is Safe for Now
Editor's Note: The Brightline Rail project is an active Florida east coast rail transit system connecting Miami to Orlando. It is a privately funded project with a stated objective to eventually connect Orlando with Tampa.
May 26, 2017 Editorial: New Name, New Tack on Transit
May 12, 2017 Creating One Transportation Planning Agency for All of Tampa Bay Won't Be Easy
May 3, 2017 Editorial: Tampa Bay's Fresh Start for Transit Solutions
April 27, 2017 Editorial: TBARTA Bill Back on Track
April 24, 2017 Tampa Bay Area Business Leaders Lobby on Contentious Transit Bill
April 22, 2017 Long-Awaited Tampa Bay Transit Study Identifies Five Corridors for Future Transportation Systems

What Gets Posted

I include links to mainstream media links, blogs (including those from Tampa Rail's own blog) and other PR information posts that are released directly by agencies at their respective websites, and individual online commentary in various forms, whenever said content is pertinent to the advancement of transit rail options in the region. News and information links deemed likely to directly or indirectly impact this kind of development are also sometimes included.

The goal of the link list is to provide a consistent chronological narrative on the march toward rail that visitors can consume in a single visit or over a wide series of visits.

The list is manually curated in order to provide the best web experience. For example, while not always possible, I link to less ad-infested resources over more infested ones when the same information is being presented. I also try to avoid those resources with pay walls or any other blocks to the wider audience. I cross out links as they discovered dead though I keep the crossed out link posted in order to provide continuity of narrative.

Most of the same links are broadcast through various online channels such as through the Tampa Rail Twitter feed.

Occasional Tampa Rail commentary and original content are posted at the Tampa Rail blog.

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