A lot can happen in a day in the city of Tampa. Today, two controversial programs were approved for Tampa’s downtown area that will effect transportation on and off the roads. In a bit of lighter news, Tigris, slated to be Florida’s tallest launch coaster, got an official launch date — and you can marvel at it in the featured image courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Time to sample some Tampa news:
Red light cameras are coming back
Get ready to groan. Red light cameras are here to stay in Tampa, for five more years at least.
54 red light cameras will remain active following the approval of a new contract with American Traffic Solutions, according to an ABC Action News report.
More than just red light cameras though, this agreement will help bring new tech to the city of Tampa. ABC Action News reports that “when the Seminole Heights serial killer was running from police, detectives used automated license plate readers to set up a “geo-fence” in the area and track him down.”
This could expedite the process of locating stolen cars or cars fleeing crime scenes.
It comes with its pros and cons, and many in Tampa aren’t looking forward to forking over money for those high traffic ticket costs.
E-Scooters arriving soon
2,400 electric scooters are officially coming to Tampa as soon as April. The council gave the pilot program the green light, and are just waiting on the state legislature to allow them on the streets and bike paths for safe implementation.
The four companies selected for the program are Lime, Bird, Spin and JUMP. The vehicles will be available for rent by the hour, riders will able to do this via an app on their phone.
Tigris roars at Busch Gardens
The wait is nearly over. The tallest launch coaster in Florida will be open to the public beginning April 19.
The gravity defying launch coaster sends riders around extraordinarily tight turns at speeds up to 63 miles per hour. The ride also features a loop at over 100 feet in the air.
If you love thrill rides, Bush Gardens Tampa is your local haven. If you prefer keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground, the 300+ acre theme park has plenty of concessions and an entire safari experience to keep you entertained.