TAMPA, Fla. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the Greenlight Pinellas plan for bus improvements and future passenger rail service in Pinellas County, with connections to Hillsborough County. Pinellas County voters will consider the Greenlight Pinellas plan in November 2014.
“Greenlight Pinellas is the first step towards a regional system and will benefit the entire region,” Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chair Robin DeLaVergne said. “It will create connections between Tampa International Airport and Pinellas beaches, as well as link the growing Gateway and Westshore districts.”
Greenlight Pinellas will include express bus service every 30-minutes to Westshore and Downtown Tampa by 2015. Current service is limited to weekday at rush hour, with no Westshore connection or any weekend service at all. Future express bus service will link Westshore and Downtown Tampa to Downtown Clearwater, East Lake and Downtown St. Petersburg, seven days a week. The build out of Greenlight Pinellas’ rail system would connect to a Hillsborough rail system, via a new Howard Frankland Bridge.
“Greenlight Pinellas can have a transformative impact on Tampa residents, too,” said South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Starr Tyrka. “Imagine being able to ride a bus or train with wi-fi, while avoiding the stress of driving Interstate 275. Less time on the road means more time at home and the quality of life in the region will improve.”
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce also contributed $2,000 to Friends of Greenlight, the campaign supporting the approval of Greenlight Pinellas in November 2014.
The support by the two Tampa chambers of commerce adds to an overwhelming level of support for the plan by the business community and chambers of commerce in Pinellas County. A total of six chambers in Pinellas have endorsed the plan, including the St. Petersburg Area Chamber, Clearwater Regional Chamber, Central Pinellas Chamber, Dunedin Chamber, Palm Harbor Chamber, and Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber.
For more information on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.tampachamber.com.
For more information on the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.southtampachamber.org.
About the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving our members and enhancing our community by building business success. The Chamber provides a greater return on investment and involvement by providing innovative leadership, inside access, influential advocacy and increased opportunities.
About the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is a community organization of over 500 businesses and organizations. The Chamber provides members a forum to promote their businesses, to educate, to volunteer their talents in order to enhance commerce, culture and growth of the South Tampa community.