ST.PETERSBURG. Fla (TBO.com)- The Florida Department of Transportation should preserve options for light rail as it plans to replace the northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
That was the message Tuesday from those who attended the first of two public hearings this week on what to do with the bridge.
More than 65 people, along with another dozen transportation staff and Pinellas County elected officials, attended the session at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority headquarters. Thirteen people spoke in support of a light-rail corridor and two against it.
A second session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. Public comment is scheduled for 6 p.m.
While the FDOT hearing wasn’t intended to focus on light rail, those speaking during the formal session and others who arrived early to study information boards and speak with FDOT representatives clearly had a potential rail option in mind.