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Transit tax results suggest it was about rail after all



Supporters of the transit tax proposal panned by voters Tuesday emphasized that the question was not just about rail. The proposed 1-cent sales tax hike included money for a doubling of the bus fleet and widening of roads in areas no where near planned rail lines.

But take a look at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections' web site mapping feature of precinct results and you might come away the impression that this was very much about rail in voters' minds. It shows that most of the support for the tax package was in areas that stood to get light rail.

That's true of the heavily working class and minority precincts along the proposed north-south line. And in South Tampa, where the transit tax was nearly uniformly rejected, the exception was on a narrow strip on the eastern side of the peninsula along a CSX freight rail corridor envisioned as a future light rail spur.

Bill Varian, Times staff writer



[Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:37pm]


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