Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosted the GOP convention last week, and Republicans praised him for his leadership in putting it all together.
Now Buckhorn is a delegate at the Democratic convention. He says both cities met the challenges and excelled in planning and preparation. But he said Tampa could learn something from Charlotte.
"Lots, lots," he said. "Charlotte is ahead of its time. Exactly the kind of commuter rail system we need to develop. It works here."
Buckhorn and other Democratic delegates from Tampa envy Charlotte's mass transit. Florida Republican delegates struggled with a bus system that got caught up in traffic.
We bumped into Tampa Democratic delegate Chris Cano several blocks from his Charlotte hotel, not long after he'd met with first lady Michelle Obama, and we asked him how Charlotte compared to Tampa.
"Charlotte has a light rail system," he observed.
Other delegates echoed that sentiment.
The Lynx system, as they call it, exceeded projections in terms of ridership. And Mayor Buckhorn says Charlotte tapped into money we could have had to build it.
"This is a model for how we should do it," he added. "We were slated to get to build their light rail system."
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