Safety Harbor becomes tenth Chamber to support Greenlight Pinellas

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Business leaders in Safety Harbor have become the tenth Pinellas County Chamber of Commerce to support the proposed Greenlight Pinellas public transportation plan.

The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Greenlight Pinellas, the initiative asking voters in November to approve a one-cent sales taxes to increase public transportation in both Safety Harbor and the county.

“The Greenlight Pinellas plan will greatly improve transit options throughout Pinellas and here in Safety Harbor,” said Safety harbor Chamber Executive Director Susan Petersen. “Our community is an important connector between north Pinellas and the Gateway/Carillon area, and improved transportation will greatly benefit both our businesses and our residents.”

Greenlight Pinellas includes a 65% increase in bus service, expanding night and weekend service, and the development of a 24-mile passenger rail corridor between St. Petersburg to Gateway/Carillon, Largo and Clearwater.

The measure also calls for a series of improvements for faster bus travel, such as dedicated bus lanes at intersections; bus stops that keep buses out of traffic and other routes will have more frequent service.

Safety Harbor has joined nine other regional business associations to endorse Greenlight Pinellas: St. Petersburg Area, Clearwater Regional, Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay Beaches, Palm Harbor, Central Pinellas, Dunedin, and both the Greater and South Tampa Chambers.

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