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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 ...

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Pecha Kucha: Envisioning a better Tampa Bay listen

11/08/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday night local innovators shared some of their latest big ideas for transforming Tampa into a better city. This was the 8th time that the event, called Pecha Kucha, came to the Tampa Bay Area. At the Tampa Bay History Center, entrepreneurs, political candidates and young advocates for social justice attempted to make history with their visions to improve the Bay Area.

Architect Kenneth Cowart started this loca...

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Florida's High Speed Rail on track for 2015 listen

10/11/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This isn't your average choo-choo train.

“Not only is it a better way to get from point A to point B, it is safe, reliable, and comfortable, and you know you are going to arrive at your destination on time.”

High-speed rail will connect Tampa to Orlando by 2015 and would run on speeds up to 200-mph. A bullet train would cut the drive time nearly in half and could even beat airplanes to their destination. Siemens Spokesperson, Becky Johnson says that’s not all the new rail would of...

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Hillsborough may beef up bus system even without transit tax listen

10/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Those who find getting around Hillsborough County’s roads to be treacherous may soon have some reprieve. Transit officials in Tampa are approaching two key steps they say will make it easier to get from point A to point B without a car. But one might come sooner than another.

Transit is on a lot of people’s minds these days. In about three weeks, Hillsborough County voters may approve a penny-per-dollar sales tax boost to fund a transit overhaul. But a smaller project may get underway ...

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Florida high-speed rail will be partnership with private company to design-build-operate listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning in just a few years, you’ll be able to take a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando in under an hour. But before then the high-speed rail line needs to be built. Half of the roughly $2.5 billion dollar project has been funded through the federal Recovery Act.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week in the three cities where the bullet train will stop; Today in Tampa, tomorrow in Lakeland, and Thursday in Orlando.

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In Tampa, officials tout high-speed rail's jobs potential listen

08/31/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S.’s first “real” high-speed rail line is quickly approaching Tampa. Construction of the line between Tampa and Orlando will be partly funded by federal stimulus funds. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and others say its construction and operation will create sustainable jobs. Today, small business owners in Tampa got a glimpse of how they might benefit from high speed rail.

In an election year that’s happening during a recession, the words “job creation” may sound like a broken re...

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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).

The high-speed rail meetings in Tampa will b...

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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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HART to study rail link to Tampa International Airport listen

07/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the board of HART, Hillsborough County’s transit agency, agreed to study light rail from downtown Tampa to the Tampa International Airport. Mary Shavalier is HART’s chief of strategic planning and program development.

"Well at today's board meeting the HART board made a decision on a very small amendment to the study area that we're looking at, to try to determine how we could try to enhance transit between downtown Tampa and the Westshore business district. We have been previou...

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Tampa City Council supports short high-speed rail extension from downtown to airport listen

07/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In January, President Barack Obama came to Tampa to announce that federal stimulus funds would be used to pay for half the cost of a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. There are three stops planned for the Orlando area – including their airport, one in Lakeland, and one in downtown Tampa. But Tampa officials are concerned that the bullet train will not go to Tampa International Airport.

Today City Council unanimously supported a resolution put forward by Council member Mary...

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