About the film

In the Tampa Bay Area, there are discussions surrounding mass transit as we all experience congestion and traffic chaos on a daily basis. But what is the road to the future? High speed rail, light rail, better bus systems, wider highways? WEDU takes an in-depth look at the issues and choices facing Tampa Bay as we pave the road to our transportation future with two programs.

In the first, an online-only community conversation taped in front of a live audience, FLORIDA THIS WEEK host Rob Lorei leads a compelling discussion with the following panelists: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio; St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster; Bill Dudley, St. Petersburg City Council Member; Donald Skelton, District 7 Secretary, Department of Transportation; Ronnie Duncan, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority; Susan Glickman, Dir of Fl. Business network for a Clean Energy economy; Sharon Calvert of No Tax for Tracks; and Steve Reich, Program Manager, Center for Urban Transportation Research-USF.

In the second,  a special one hour edition of FLORIDA THIS WEEK (titled BLUEPRINT TAMPA BAY TRANSPORTATION: LIVABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY) take an in-depth look at not only transportation in Tampa Bay, but in other cities working to break the gridlock, decrease our dependence on oil, and increase access to transportation. With four expert panelists, the conversation has an opportunity to increase public awareness of the issues and provide a better roadmap of understanding for the area’s transportation future.

This special was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to extend public awareness, political debate and community action around the important issues of livability and sustainability showcased in the ongoing PBS BLUEPRINT AMERICA series. WEDU and nine other public media outlets across the country received grants of $10,000 each to create local productions through television or radio complemented by community outreach events and online engagement.

About Blueprint America

BLUEPRINT AMERICA is a precedent-setting multi-platform national initiative that harnesses the power of public media’s most prestigious programs, primetime documentaries, community and educational outreach, and the web to shine an unyielding spotlight on one of the most critical issues facing our country, yet one that has been under-reported by the traditional news media: America’s decaying and neglected infrastructure.