Light Rail Site Suitability for Tampa, Florida

Authors: Ryan Fischer*, Bridgewater State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Transportation Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: light rail, transportation, GIS, Florida, mass transit, urban planning
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The purpose of this research project is to study site suitability of a theoretical and potential light rail transit network in the city of Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay region is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States and is region that lacks adequate transportation for current residents and its future growth. Using ArcGIS Pro, generating a proposed line, projecting U.S. Census block population data and viewing land uses by zoning in the city, this project shows how a potential light rail network in the city of Tampa can maximize its usage and economic impact through specific stops. Each stop will show the statistics of the population living within a half-mile of a proposed station. In addition, land use types have been projected within a half-mile to show the surrounding area each proposed station would cater to. The research concludes that light rail would be beneficial to the city of Tampa as the light rail would be within reach to a large number of people that would use the rapid transit network, as well as connect people to high areas of public use throughout the city.

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