Harry Cohen unveils detailed transportation, transit plan for Tampa
Tampa mayoral candidate Harry Cohen, a current City Council member, released a comprehensive transportation plan this week that addresses safety, traffic congestion, economic development and transit, among other things.
The plan leverages the estimated $34 million annually the city will get for its portion of the overall $280 million raised from the 1 percent transportation and transit sales tax Hillsborough County voters approved November 6.
Cohen lists safety as his No. 1 priority.
“The Tampa Bay region ranks consistently and unacceptably high on annual reports of pedestrian injuries and fatalities,” Cohen laid out in a four-page document his campaign is distributing to voters in person and online. “At the same time, a growing number of Tampa residents are using bikes or walking as a primary mode of travel.”
Cohen proposes implementing traffic calming measures on existing roads. That includes things like making travel lanes more narrow, reducing lanes and putting up barriers for bike lanes.
He also wants to add more than 90 flashing beacon crosswalks throughout the city, install hundreds of miles of new sidewalks including five new miles per year, and improve existing sidewalks.
Cohen also wants to work with