Sarasota News Leader

02/01/2013

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WHICH WAY? Orlando is one of the Florida cities that has a bus rapid transit line in operation. Photo courtesy Sarasota County THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS BUT HESITATE TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BUS RAPID TRANSIT BEFORE MEETING WITH THE CITY COMMISSION NEXT WEEK By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Because of changes in federal guidelines, the Denser development is needed along the chocorridor the Sarasota city commissioners sen corridor "or the BRT doesn't really work," and the County Commission settled on sev- he added. eral years ago for a bus rapid transit system The County and City commissions are facing (BRT) probably will not gain approval, County a September deadline for proceeding on the Administrator Randall Reid told the county CSX railroad line corridor they reaffirmed for their BRT plan in April commissioners during 2010. If the boards their regular meeting The question today is what do we choose to pursue an on Jan. 30. alternative corridor, really want our community to look like in The federal focus has the future. shifted to land use and redevelopment, Randall Reid said. Charles Hines Commissioner Sarasota County they could submit material about that plan to the Federal Transit Administration in September 2014, Jonathan

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