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HART may build demonstration rail line to airport listen

02/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Could a demonstration rail line between downtown Tampa and the airport convince residents to support projects to ease rush hour gridlock? Hillsborough County’s regional transit board wants to continue looking at rail, but the obvious question is how to fund it.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, has strongly advocated light rail for combating gridlock. Hillsborough County voters opted not to raise their sales tax in order to fu...

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Mayoral candidates meet in Tampa listen

02/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Five of Tampa’s mayoral candidates met today to win support from prominent business leaders and professionals. The Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted the downtown forum.

Mayoral candidates no doubt expected to field tough questions handed to them by various members of the community today. That includes the issue of whether to ban panhandling along city streets. Current Tampa City Council chair Tom Scott, who previously opposed the ban, now says it will address resident’s concerns.


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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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Sen. Nelson says he's disappointed in Gov. Scott's rail reluctance listen

01/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida governor Rick Scott has said he’s not sold on the idea of high-speed rail because it would be funded largely by federal stimulus dollars. Today in Tampa US Senator Bill Nelson said he’s already talked with Scott about the project.

"Here we have a situation where 90 percent of the funds, $2.4 billion are already committed. The state of Florida's share is only $300 million, which is about 10 percent of the whole project. We need your support because this is just the first leg of...

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HART board may weigh BRT for Bruce B. Downs listen

01/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you’re stuck in traffic on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard right now, you may wonder if the gridlock will ever end. Hillsborough voters may have rejected a sales tax boost to fund a transit overhaul, but some county officials still hope to tackle traffic on Bruce B Downs many commuters know well.

Whether or not you supported the November transit initiative, which, among other things, would have funded rail, you’re probably not too keen on spending weekday afternoons moving along the paveme...


Hillsborough Commission rekindles transit talks, sans penny tax listen

12/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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It’s no secret that some Hillsborough County officials want to forge ahead on overhauling the area’s transit system despite voters’ rejection of a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund the project. Today the Board of County Commissioners mulled over potential ways to tackle the area’s congested roads without holding out the coffers to taxpayers.

Make no mistake about it, the board members said at their regular meeting today – another transit referendum is out of the question, a...

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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...


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 ...


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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