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New Grassroots Tampa Transit Organization Kicks Off

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Associated Press

A new Grassroots movement launched today, and their aim is to get the Tampa Bay area to invest in more viable transportation.  

Whether it's biking, walking or driving, the new organization Connect Tampa Bay is hoping to make it easier for residents to get around.

Organizers say the movement sparked from the failed 2010 Hillsborough county transit referendum.  It would have added a 1% sales tax increase to help pay for transportation improvements.

Connect Tampa Bay executive director Kevin Thurman says the program has three steps.  

"We want to listen to the people of Tampa Bay and find out what they are looking for," Thurman says.

"We are going to combine that with available information that already exists, and then we are going to take that and engage people on finding solutions for those problems," Thurman continued. "And then finally advocating for those solutions."

Thurman says right now they are collecting information and opinions from residents.  To let them know what transit changes you would like to see in the Tampa Bay area you can go online to ConnectTB.com.