TBARTA, Hillsborough County partner with NASA on vertiport study

St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s announcement that he has engaged in talks with air taxi company Lilium was not the only news concerning this new method of transportation to come out of Friday’s Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) meeting.

Brian Pessaro, principal planner and project manager for TBARTA, closed the meeting with a presentation from NASA on its innovative model built to collect information and determine the feasibility of vertiports around Hillsborough County. Several factors and data points went into the regional suitability simulation to determine the best locations for launch and landing pads, which can be created on top of existing buildings and parking garages. Air taxis can also use existing helipads.