To: Governor Ron DeSantis

Stop the Tampa Bay Express Lanes

Governor Scott,

I ask that you reconsider all plans for new and expanded highways, including the Tampa Bay Express Lanes, promote fix-it-first policies to rebuild the infrastructure we already have, and improve and expand public transportation, biking and pedestrian options for Florida.

Why is this important?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to spend $3.3 billion taxpayer dollars to add express toll lanes to I-275, I-75 and I-4 in an effort to reduce congestion. But FDOT has acknowledged that the express lanes alone won’t solve congestion and will significantly increase traffic. The surrounding community is also fiercely opposed to the project as it would result in demolishing historic homes, businesses, community centers and parks.

At a time when we are strapped for transportation cash, our existing roads and bridges are crumbling and transportation trends are changing, we must reorient transportation funding away from wasteful highway expansions and toward the repair of existing roads and bridges. At the same time, we must make critical investments in other transportation options, such as transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects, to meet Florida's current and future transportation needs.

Tell Governor Scott to halt this wasteful highway boondoggle. Add your name.


Reasons for signing

  • We need to stop destroying neighborhoods to build more roads. We need all transport modes including light rail, BRT and expansion of streetcar lines. The idea that people are still wanting to drive further and further everyday is absurd and typical of last century thinking. Downtown Tampa and St. Pete are undergoing a huge renaissance (like every other major downtown in the U.S.) Walkability and density are the future not more stupid toll roads or toll lanes (which no one likes) which do no...
  • Tampa Bay residents can't afford the extra cost and financial burden. This will also harm local business in Tampa.
  • Terrible idea. Pull your head out of your ass