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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...

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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...

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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.

For a preview of those meetings ...

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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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