Transportation Expo All About Options
The USF Transportation EXPO provided information on commuting options and an overview of proposed future projects.
USF junior Christina Kellagher checks some displays at the Transportation EXPO.
-Photo: Brittney Elliott
By Brittney Elliott
USF.edu News Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2010) – Lessons on how to ease a morning commute, minimize the impact on the environment and save money were all part of the University of South Florida’s Transportation EXPO, which was held Wednesday at the Marshall Student Center.
The EXPO consisted of displays from several on- and off-campus organizations, each representing a different aspect of public transportation.
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) provided information about their vision for “seamless travel between counties.” It views public transportation options in the Tampa area from a wider lense, and merges Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and surrounding counties existing transportation options together.
Moving Hillsborough Forward, a grassroots coalition of Hillsborough County residents who are raising awareness and support for the transportation referendum to be voted on in November, was also present.
They discussed the nature of the referendum, the content of the ballot, as well as the logistics of how Light Rail and new Rapid Bus Transit would operate in the community.
In addition, the National League of Women’s Voters provided students with an opportunity to register to vote in Hillsborough County. Victoria Williams, a freshman and Health Sciences major, did register and said the process was “short and easy.”
There were also several on-campus organizations present such as Parking and Transportation Services, which discussed a new plan to reward carpoolers with their own discounted parking space.
Michael Kummer, a senior physics major, said that although he normally doesn’t take advantage of public transportation, he does ride his bike the 2.5 miles to class in order to avoid rush hour traffic. He also mentioned that he learned that USF now has a ‘bicycle anti-theft’ program where students can register their bicycles with University Police in order to more readily recover their bikes in case of theft.
The options for faster, more effective and environmentally safe means of transportation are expanding, and the EXPO event brought that message to students, faculty and staff.
Reni Nishku, a junior majoring in Computer Sciences said, “When I lived in Washington D.C., I used public transportation all the time, you don’t even need a car. People in Florida don’t realize what a life saver it can be.”
Brittney Elliott covers transportation. She can be reached at 813-974-4014.