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U.S. Rep. Castor previews high-speed rail meetings in Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando listen

08/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa will be one of the first communities in the country to have a true high-speed rail line. Because of a federal stimulus grant, Florida will construct a line that starts in downtown Tampa and continues to Lakeland and Orlando.

This week there will be meetings on high-speed rail in those three cities beginning tomorrow in Tampa. As a preview, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL).

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Residents weigh in on Tampa Bay's transit future listen

07/30/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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What will the future of transit look like in the Tampa Bay area? A crowd of more than 100 discussed that question last night at the Tampa Museum of Art.

The Transit Talk focused mainly on the 1-cent sales tax referendum that will be up for a vote this November. If it passes, it will help fund light rail service and other transportation improvements in Hillsborough County. One panelist, Brian Willis, is a citizen adviser to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

"People a...

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Pinellas transportation task force gets citizen input listen

07/20/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County residents were invited to give their opinion on the future of transit in Pinellas. A Transportation Task Force workshop was held at Bayside High School in Clearwater. The Task Force is made up of people from local government, construction, businesses and non-profits. Representatives listened to ideas for the future of mass transit. About sixty citizens attended.

"We're here tonight to hear what the public is thinking about mass transit and transportation in general. Everyt...

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TBARTA Talks transit-oriented development, rail on Bruce B. Downs listen

04/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Imagine going days without getting into your car – having a bus or rail line within steps of your door to get you to work, and being able to walk to nearby restaurants. Many cities already have this type of layout, something planners call transit-oriented development. Today the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority Board heard from Bob Hunter, head of the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission, on the concept.

Hunter said that the commission is trying to amend Hillsborough’s ...

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HART looks at New Tampa for a light rail stop listen

02/15/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There are seriously crowded roads in the New Tampa area. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board members decided today that they may have a remedy for the traffic jams. HART officials in Ybor City agreed to look at improving congestion on Bruce B. Downs.

HART is seeking to provide some alternatives to the use of cars, such as express buses, road improvements and a light rail network. HART’s Chief of Planning & Program Development Mary Shavalier says that in addition to the USF, Downtow...

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Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force on transit funding. listen

02/10/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There was hot debate today about the future of transportation at the Hillsborough County Commission. Their Transportation Task Force is working out plans for governance and oversight of the latest road, bus and rail projects, but time is running short to decide who will oversee regional transportation funding.

Working with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, or HART, the County’s Transportation Task Force is reaching out to municipalities, as they plan for transportation priorities. To ...

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Hillsborough Transit Planning Forum listen

02/09/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Around 50 people gathered in Sun City Center this morning to hear more about transit improvements in Hillsborough County. County Commissioners asked for citizen feedback before scheduling the ballot referendum that would raise sales taxes by 1 cent to fund transit improvements.

Later this year, Hillsborough County voters will make the call on the tax hike proposal, which would provide $180 million annually for road, bus and rail transit. The commission is seeking citizen feedback prior t...

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HART to begin its Flex service in April listen

02/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Beginning in April, people in southern Hillsborough County and Brandon will be able to take the bus in a new way. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART, will begin its on-demand Flex service.

WMNF spoke with Kathy Karalekas, HART’s public information officer.

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Sinkholes cost the state over half a million dollars. listen

02/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sinkholes and depressions along the I-4 corridor have cost Florida taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs. WMNF spoke with Marian Scorza from the Department of transportation.

Marian Scorza: "The preliminary costs are approximately $675,000. That's doing the grouting, that's checking with the ground penetrating radar,and in some cases milling and resurfacing the area, so it's a variety of different things. There was an actual sinkhole on the Branch Forbes entrance ...

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Obama announces high speed rail funding during Tampa visit listen

01/28/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama announced that thirteen major corridors will receive awards today to help develop new high-speed rail infrastructure or begin the transition to high-speed rail. Obama visited Tampa today with Vice President Joe Biden to announce his plans for rail, economic recovery and jobs following last night’s State of the Union address.

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