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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.



Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department o...

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Tampa City Council holds bike workshop to improve cycling safety listen

01/27/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After a rash of nine cyclist deaths on Tampa streets since July, both Hillsborough County and Tampa are working to quickly change the image of Tampa as one of the deadliest cities for bicyclists. The Tampa City Council met this morning to discuss ways of making Tampa a friendlier bike city.

Gena Torres of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization presented ideas to the Tampa City Council that can be established within the year to make the roads safer for both cyclists and...

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Bill Nelson: Florida will get $342 million more for high-speed rail listen

12/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida may be getting more money for its proposed high-speed train. And it’s thanks to some states rejecting the federal funds. Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has told Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson that Florida will get some of the money rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio. Recently elected Republican governors in those states have said they did not want high-speed rail projects.

"Florida is getting an early Christmas present. We just got $342 million more fo...


TBARTA: most residents want rail, but not to pay for it listen

11/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Results of a post-election poll suggest the economy is the main reason Hillsborough County voters turned down a transit tax earlier this month. The board overseeing region-wide transit said today it hopes to present a multi-county transit plan to voters once the economy improves.

According to a poll surveying some 400 Hillsborough residents, jobs trump all other issues. Ben Kelley of the Kenney Group, the Denver-based consulting team commissioned to do the survey, says this year’s poll r...


Pinellas Transportation Task Force considers regional sales tax for light rail listen

11/16/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County voters have rejected a one-cent transit sales tax, but what about the other side of the Bay? The Pinellas Transportation Task Force met yesterday to discuss a variety of revenue options for a light rail system in Pinellas County.

The Task Force of county officials, business leaders and other citizens are considering a regional transit sales tax to fund a light rail system that would link to a proposed high-speed rail terminus in Tampa. Pinellas County Commission Chair ...


County transit officials to tread lightly on rail listen

11/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of the Hillsborough transit referendum getting shot down in the polls, officials are grappling with the question of what to do next. Members of the county’s transportation agency are opting to tread lightly as they look for new ways to go forward on transit.

Facing the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board this morning, transportation advocate Pierre Mathurin says he has a regret.

"I wish that I would have done more to encourage people to vote for countywide transporta...


Local schools test out bike share programs listen

11/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The University of Tampa is rounding out the first month of its bike share program. This green initiative comes amid a nationwide conservative backlash.

The concept is nothing new. Some schools provide communal bicycles so students can traverse a university’s sprawling grounds without having to get into the car. Programs range from those with high-tech tracking systems to those that let students hop on any unoccupied cycle. Katie White, University of Tampa's Assistant Director of Campus R...

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Local Officials Stump for Transit Tax listen

10/13/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Local elected representatives have been making the rounds this week stumping for the transportation sales surtax referendum that is up for a vote on November 2nd in Hillsborough County. Kelly Benjamin has more:

The referendum, if passed, would approve a penny-per-dollar sales tax in Hillsborough County to overhaul Hillsborough's transportation system. It is consistently ranked one of the worst in the nation for commuters. The tax would fund improvements to local roads, expanded bus service...

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