The election of Barack Obama has created a wave of optimistic expectations for initiatives related to both transportation and travel. "With the economic-stimulus program and then the 2009 Federal Transportation Authorization Bill, there is going to be a lot of activity in the transportation sector," said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. "Florida and Tampa Bay have lagged behind in planning for improvements like light rail, while the Bush administration spent billions replacing bridges and roads in Iraq. But I've never been more optimistic that we will have a regional plan to unlock state and federal dollars for transit."
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