14 July 2005

When contemplating installing mass transit in an already existing metro area it is useful to study driving patterns but not always helpful to try to replicate them. What mass transit does better than anything else is offer an alternative to privitized transportation in densly populated and densly commercial areas.

Pinellas county is the most densly populated county in the state (miami/dade is second). So what are the most densly commercial areas in pinellas? The downtowns… Clearwater and St Pete. I believe for any mass transit to work it has to approach the metro area as a single market and so I would also include in that the downtown tampa area and because its “on the way”, the tampa airport.

So the first subway that would need to be built would link the three downtowns to the beaches and also include the airport and raymond james stadium and internatioal plaza mall.

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