Columnist Analyzes Hillsborough County, FL, Election Results (It’s Transportation, Stupid.)

Tampa Bay Times columnist Joe Henderson parses this week’s primary election results for Hillsborough County Commission and concludes that the message to all politicians was pretty straightforward. “The people, a.k.a. your bosses, ordered you to seriously address Hillsborough’s chronic (and getting worse) transportation problems,” Henderson writes. He adds, “Voters are sick of 2-mile trips to the store that can take 20 minutes each way. I also think leaders underestimate how willing people are to pay for a solution beyond building more roads — which, by the way, aren’t free.” Henderson cites the Tampa Bay Express, among other ambitious projects and proposals.