Lawmakers Endorse “Reset” on TBX, but Do Not Commit to Stopping the Project

Tampa Bay Times reports, “Lawmakers are doubling down on promises from the state to pause plans for Tampa Bay Express [link added]. But those same lawmakers have not made any moves to pull funding for the controversial toll road project. The Hillsborough legislative delegation was poised to spend much of its meeting Friday [December 16] discussing TBX, but that changed after Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold told a Senate panel earlier this week that he wants to ‘hit the reset button’ on the project.” The report adds that the chairman of the delegation, State Senator Tom Lee (R-Brandon), “reiterated Boxold’s desire to re-evaluate TBX during Friday’s delegation meeting, calling the secretary’s comments ‘quite unusual’ and a ‘significant admission’ that the $6 billion plan to add express toll lanes to Tampa Bay’s interstates needs to be revised.” Lee also said, “I don’t even suspect that this issue will come up during this current governor’s term in office,” according to the report.