Recently there have been numerous articles concerning the possible relocation of the Tampa Bay Rays to downtown Tampa and increasing our public transportation system with light rail. Last week, articles on both issues were on the same page.
I believe following the example of St. Louis, Mo., is the solution.
St. Louis not only has a football stadium, a baseball park and museums downtown, but a light-rail system that runs from its airport in the west to Scott Air Force Base in the east and stops at both sports arenas and museums for the cost of a $2 one-way ticket.
Tampa Bay could alleviate parking congestion by building light rail, not between Tampa and Orlando, which commuters would rarely use, but within the Bay area, connecting St. Pete, Clearwater, Lutz/Wesley Chapel (northern Tampa) and Brandon to the downtown Tampa area.
And once the Rays’ move is finalized, they should sail into Tampa Bay on Jose Gaspar’s ship during Gasparilla 2018.