The Tampa Bay area poses a unique challenge for mass transportation. We'll take a look at the reasons we're behind other metropolitan areas our size and what community leaders are doing to increase our transportation options. You'll also see why having better transportation options makes for a better economy. And we'll hear from one man who has turned his commute to work into a way of life for his whole family.
For years, Floridians have heard that the solution to our traffic woes is rail: commuter rail, high-speed rail, light rail. In the Bay area, creation of a regional transit master plan is underway and Tampa's mayor is pushing for light rail in the city. We'll talk to people from Miami and Salt Lake City to find out how they created their rail systems and what they've learned from operating them.
Listen to Albert Hernandez explain why the voter-approved surtax in Miami-Dade County has been used for maintenance and operations rather than expansion of the county's heavy rail system. (1:39)
Listen to Carrie Bohnsack-Ware explain why fuel costs were the biggest challenge for Salt Lake City's rail system in the last year. (1:37)
Listen to our guests talk about which cities they looked to for examples of successful rail transit when they were planning their own systems. (2:19)
Listen to Steve Reich explore the cultural differences throughout the country that might make rail more popular in some areas than in others. (1:36)
Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.
Florida Matters isn’t just one-way communication. We want you to get involved in the conversation each week and tell us what you think about the topics we’re discussing. All you have to do is sign up for a free account on our Web site -- it’s free, easy, and we promise we won’t share your information! We welcome your input as we continue to find new stories to share in the Bay area.
And if you have an idea for a show or want to contact the producers, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.