alternative transportation

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor stands at a podium with transportation officials.
Screenshot from City of Tampa Facebook livestream

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and members of the city's Transportation Advisory Team unveiled final recommendations Friday for how to tackle the area's growing transit issues.

While cities say they’re excited about new transportation options associated with so called “micro-mobility devices,” some are worried the state is trying to scoot by with yet another home rule exemption.

Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

New bills filed in the Florida House and Senate would create a "Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” and repurpose $60 million out of an existing rail fund to fund alternative transportation projects - such as "Bus Rapid Transit" and autonomous vehicles – starting in the Tampa Bay area and Miami.