6305 Newtown Circle Tampa, FL
Honorable Bob Buckhorn,
I want to thank you for giving Tampa a heartbeat with many improvements and additions during your watch.
I want to address a much needed new bus route. Presently our buses run along main streets not turning right or left during the trip, which leaves people stranded and a long walk to their destination, making the trip incomplete. We need buses traveling north and south, but we also need buses traveling east and west. Example: if I get off the bus on Hillsborough (Ave.) and Lois (Ave.), I have a great distance to walk to get to H.C.C., again another incomplete trip. Apartment building(s) go so far back away from the sidewalks and that is a trip all by itself. When I see 3 people on a bus, it upsets me to know that the fuel to fill up that bus and pay the driver is not cost productive for 3 people. It is not a new bus air conditioning, advertising, new uniforms that will get more people to ride; it is a complete destination trip.
My suggestion is to look at a large city like New York, buses travel from Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island (and the) Bronx all functional, quick and easy, oh! And complete.
Hire a person from a big city, show them the maps and get a better bus route. If a large city can operate functionally, why can’t Tampa?
My biggest worry is when I cannot drive anymore (,) what do I do to get around(?) Do I have to move back to the state I came from in order to get around (?) That scares me as well as others with the same thought.
When people consider moving here, they consider all these things. If more people ride, it will save wear and tear on highways (and) bridges, get traffic moving, less accidents, less bikers getting hit, less pollution, a less stressful lifestyle. These grand long entrances to communities is such a trip from the curb to their address, we have to do something to solve.
Thank you for your continual interest in making Tampa a desirable city to live.