Pinellas commission votes to put mass transit on the ballot

CLEARWATER ­­— The future of mass transit in Pinellas County is now in the hands of the voters.

By a 6-1 vote, county commissioners agreed to put a referendum on the November ballot that, if passed, would increase the sales tax by 1 percent. The money would be used to expand the county bus system with bus rapid transit, increased frequency, extended hours and light rail. The new tax would kick in Jan. 1, 2016.

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