IMO, more elimination of duplicate services should occur and it should become a higher priority to redevelop properties around its stations. We don't need to wait for a streetcar to get TOD off the ground. We have eight Skyway stations we can play with right now.
That Bay Street Station project that Carlton Jones was planning adjacent to the Jefferson Skyway Statation would have been a nice start. I wonder how many folks at the condos (San Marco Place, Peninsula, etc.) on the Southbank use the Skyway? They are just steps away. The recession and then the FFDOT Overland Bridge project stopped the Mike Balanky project next to the Hilton Hotels on Kings Ave. Another great opportunity lsot (or at least postponed).
It would be nice to see some proposals or concepts on how best to convert the skyway stations into Transit Oriented Development
For our readers who arent acquainted with the term, a TOD
is a project that combines a transit element with the kind of 'development' that would be supported by transit.
Like a shopping center built into a subway station, or an apartment complex with ground level retail built right into the train station or an older example like the Five Points shopping district designed and built around the trolley stops.