Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Krise-O-Meter

Support referendum for Green Light Pinellas and route into downtown

Q: Pinellas voters are expected to vote in November 2014 on raising the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for better bus service and a light rail system? Do you support the referendum and the proposed route into downtown? A: "Yes and Yes. Light rail and other modes of public transportation are vital to our municipal and regional success and moving us into the future."


Sources:

Tampa Bay Times questionnaire, July 2013

Subjects: Transportation

Updates

Mayor talks about mass transit

One of Rick Kriseman's campaign promises was supporting expanded mass transit for St. Petersburg and the region. Since his term coincides with the Greenlight Pinellas campaign, he has expressed nothing but support for the measure.

With about five months to go before Pinellas County voters decide whether to approve a 1 cent sales tax to pay for light rail and expanded bus service, how much has Kriseman done to tout the measure? He certainly talks about it enough.

While the city can only inform and not advocate, Kriseman has been sure to mention it in speeches. In his Jan. 2 inaugural speech, he mentioned he and his transition team "have been engaged in the necessary conversation about restructuring the bus system,  adopting light rail, and even reconfiguring our tax system to pay for the way we travel in this region."

He also makes mention of it in a recurring stump speech his office says he last gave on May 30.

The mayor's communications director, Benjamin Kirby, also highlighted that one of Kriseman's first hires was Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin. She was co-chairwoman of the Greenlight Pinellas Business Committee, which studied the workability of the mass transit plan.

Kirby also said Kriseman and Tomalin are the driving force behind including and updating information on Greenlight Pinellas on the city's website. Kriseman also is the city's representative for the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, which supports the initiative.

Kriseman has voiced his support of the project, and there's plenty of time for him to do more before voters decide. We rate this promise In The Works.

Sources:

Tampa Bay Times, "St. Petersburg swears in Mayor Rick Kriseman with showy outdoor ceremony," Jan. 2, 2014

Tampa Bay Times, "Editorial: Kriseman promises, now must deliver," April 30, 2014

TBARTA.com, TBARTA Board & Staff, accessed May 30, 2014

PSTA.net, Greenlight Pinellas Plan Enters Final Phase, Sept. 24, 2013

Interview with Benjamin Kirby, mayor's communications director, May 30 and June 2, 2014