Gainesville City Commissioners Remain Unsure About Bus Rapid Transit System
Published February 20th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- Commissioners agreed Thursday night to create a priority list of Gainesville projects for a transit tax, which has to be approved by voters.
With a potential 20 year timeline for some projects, people who are already ride the bus say they want more immediate results.
Some city commissioners are tired of exploring costly options in favor a cheaper more feasible alternative.
Gainesville City Commissioner, Todd Chase says, "I don't know anyone that wants the grand scale, the scale that has been talked about for a decade plus, that has held this community hostage while our roads are crumbling and our transit needs have been ignored."
Commissioners are waiting on a study being completed by an outside consultant.
Only part of it has been released... But the city has until this summer to decide whether or not bus rapid transit and streetcars are in Gainesville's future.
If passed the city is projected to generate more than 100 million dollars from the proposed 8 year transportation surtax.
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