Tampa, Florida - Though the Republican National Convention may have run smoothly overall, one trouble spot for Tampa Bay was the busing system.

Described as a "fiasco" by some Florida delegates, some buses got lost, others arrived several hours late.

That didn't happen at the Democratic National Convention and there could be a reason why.

"I think Charlotte is the example of a mid-sized city that has used light rail effectively," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Buckhorn was at the DNC.

A supporter of light rail, he says it was glaringly obvious that Charlotte is well ahead of Tampa when it comes to mass transportation.

Now that Buckhorn is back, he and other Florida mayors plan to push the legislature to allow individual cities to put a sales tax referendum on the ballot to raise money for rail, rather than just put the issue to voters county-wide.

"I think we really need to refocus our efforts on some type of mass transit," Buckhorn explained, "I think if cities could do it on their own, I think we'd stand a much better chance."

At the same time on Monday, the Pinellas County Transportation Advisory Committee heard a presentation on Orlando's new train, expected to start in 2014.

Pinellas is considering rolling forward with a light rail system connecting St. Pete and Clearwater.

"Those who don't are probably going to wind up left behind as simply less attractive places to be," said Harold Barley, Executive Director of Metroplan Orlando.

But there are still plenty of critics who say rail is a waste of tax money that doesn't bring the development and jobs promised.

"You are going to have a lot of people in Pinellas, especially in your unincorporated areas of Pinellas County, paying more who aren't going to benefit in any way," Ed Braddy, with American Dream Coalition, previously told 10 News.

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