Tampa area express toll lanes approved by MPO

Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, after hours of heated debate, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 12-4 to move forward on the highly controversial $6 billion road project known as TBX. Voting against the project were Tampa City Council Members Guido Maniscalco and Lisa Montelione, Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Les Miller and County… Read more »

Perspectives on TBX project on the eve of major MPO vote

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160621_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we talked about the controversial TBX project that will be voted on the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday. TBX is the proposal to widen much of the interstate system in Hillsborough County by adding 90 miles of toll lanes to the currently free I-4, I-75 and I-275. The… Read more »

HART bus

Local Public Transportation Discussion on WMNF’s Sustainable Living

On Sustainable Living Program this week we talked with representatives of two of our local public transportation providers. Our guests were Rose Bruckner, Pasco County’s Transportation Program Coordinator and Bob Lasher, External Affairs Officer with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA. A lot is happening in Pinellas; of main interest to our listeners would be the… Read more »

County Commission candidates, except Norman, share transit ideas

Six people are running for the county-wide District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission to replace Kevin Beckner: four Democrats and two Republicans; five of them answered questions Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club — former County Commissioner Jim Norman said he was visiting his sick father. The remaining five candidates differed on… Read more »

Transportation officials and TBX opponents debate the controversial interstate project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160427_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday  we had a debate over the TBX project, the hotly debated interstate project that proposes to build toll roads in the middle  the 1-4 and 1-275 interstates through the heart of Tampa and in parts of Pinellas County. Backers say the new toll roads will easy traffic congestion… Read more »

Lisa Montelione

FDOT now has less money to buy property in the way of TBX

The Florida Department of Transportation now has considerably less money to purchase homes and businesses that are in the way of its proposed TBX expressway project. Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said Tuesday morning that at the Hillsborough MPO Livable Roadways meeting the nearly $25 million budgeted has been reduced to half a million dollars…. Read more »

Cara Jennings v Rick Scott

Alex Sink on FLORIDA THIS WEEK TV show; Gov. Scott ad attacks woman who confronted him in coffee shop

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160412_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we air an episode of Florida This week, a political talk show that airs Friday nights on WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei.  Our expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the hottest stories in state and national politics: the coffee shop confrontation of Gov. Rick… Read more »

Transportation officials responds to criticism of TBX project

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160301_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Within the last month we have had several guests who opposed the TBX Project, which proposes to expand the interstate system throughout Tampa bay adding toll roads. Today we hear from Raymond Chiaramonte, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, and Debbie Hunt with the Florida Department of Transportation, two… Read more »

Opponents say TBX project based on old data, bad engineering

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160203_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Yesterday we discussed the ongoing fight by local communities to stop an interstate expansion that threaten several historic neighborhoods in Tampa. Known as the TBX Project. It plans to add express lanes to interstates 275 and 1-4 through Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as way of relieving traffic congestion in those areas. But… Read more »

New report rates TBX Project as one of the worst highway plans in the country

By Rob Lorei On Tuesday, the independent group U.S PIRG released a report called Highway Boondogles 2 which listed 12 highway development projects throughout the country that fail to address transportation woes. Making it the list is the much-criticized TBX project, which looks to expand parts of the interstate system in Hillsborough and Pinellas by constructing new toll lanes…. Read more »

HART bus

New transit option for Hillsborough residents with disabilities

Hillsborough County’s transit authority has a program called HART Plus that gives door-to-door on-demand transportation for people with disabilities that are enrolled in the program; but a new program involving taxi cabs will supplement HART Plus in the New Year. Ruthie Reyes Burckard is chief operating officer with HART, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority…. Read more »

La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga tackles big issues in local news and politics

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about the latest political issues facing the Tampa Bay Area with Patrick Mantaiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, the only trilingual newspaper in the country that has been covering local news from Ybor city for 93 years. With Mantaiga we discuss Hillsborough County’s transportation dilemma, mobility… Read more »

Public-Private coalition wants to make area roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians

A regional coalition is setting the groundwork to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety in the Tampa Bay area. Last night Bike/Walk Tampa Bay met at the downtown Tampa library to hammer out action plans. There are many moving parts associated with bike and pedestrian safety but most agreed on a few key concepts. The Tampa… Read more »

Local workers join nationwide strike to raise the minimum wage; Sunshine Citizens group part of grassroots opposition to TBX project.

By Rob Lorei Today in Tampa,  low wage workers will be walking out of their jobs and rallying at Lykes Gaslight park as part of a nationwide strike organized by Fight for 15 movement, which advocates for a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage and union representation. Joining us to talk about the ongoing push for… Read more »

April Griffin. WMNF

Hillsborough Schools testing buses fueled by propane

The Hillsborough County public school district is updating an aging school bus fleet by purchasing new vehicles; and part of that push is testing buses that run on an alternative fuel: propane. Recently WMNF News spoke about this with School Board Member April Griffin. “We’re going to be looking at multiple manufacturers of buses. We’re also looking… Read more »