District Seven is studying a traffic management concept for Tampa Bay that has helped cities across the nation improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, and free commuters from snarling traffic jams. The concept, called “Express Toll Lanes,” gives drivers who want a better way to get where they’re going, the choice of paying a toll to use an express lane. These lanes, which are built next to existing non-toll lanes on interstates, are priced according to demand.
The Master Plan of express toll lanes on the interstate system is called Tampa Bay Express (TBX). The interstates currently under study for TBX include I-275 from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of Bearss Avenue, I-4 from I-275 to west of Polk Parkway, and I-75 from SR 674 to north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Two public workshops were recently held in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties to introduce the concept to the public and to gather public input. Questions ranged from the topic of toll costs to construction impacts throughout the region. The meetings drew many people eager to learn about the new concept that may be coming to the Bay Area in the near future.
For more information on the study and project, visit www.tampabayexpress.com