TAMPA, Fla. — The City of Tampa is working on a project that will transform transportation in the city.
“We need to have more connectivity with our transportation system,” said Tampa Director of Transportation Jean Duncan.
The Green Spine project has been in the works for years but is now making headway. Phase 1 is complete and phases 2 and 3 are in the design stage.
“It’ll come in bits and pieces but we’re hoping within two to three years we’ll have everything built and if we’re fortunate enough to get the All for Transportation penny sales tax we’ll accelerate all those schedules,” said Duncan.
It’s a separate cycle track that allows bicyclists to have a protective space to ride in, connecting several neighborhoods in the process.
The track goes from west Tampa starting at Howard Avenue, going through downtown to Cuscaden Park on the east side of the city.
“Safety is absolutely positively at the core of this, but it also has a good economic development aspect to it where business feel like they can have clients or customers coming through other modes of transportation, said Duncan.
The trail encourages other modes of transportation to cut down on traffic, changing the way people will get around Tampa.
The project will cost the city $3,457,000 and officials are looking to do more of these types of projects around town.