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HART On The Move Toward Better Transit listen

01/04/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The drive for major transportation changes in Hillsborough County continues to progress. At the Hillsborough County Transit Authority (HART) meeting this morning, members evaluated the progress of the county’s transit plans and the next move for Hillsborough.

Over the past few months, Hillsborough County has picked up speed on the move toward major transportation reform. Such changes include talks of transit improvements like better bus systems and a light rail and non-transit upgrades l...

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TBARTA meets after transportation bill passes listen

12/11/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a special session this week, the State Legislature voted to pass the bill which will provide funding for commuter and light rail in central and south Florida. Many in the state felt that this legislation was critical to acquiring the federal funds necessary to build high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. Today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) discussed what the passing of that legislation means for the future of TBARTA’s transportation efforts. Bob Cliff...

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County passes 25 year transportation plan for 2035. listen

12/10/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After several years of planning, the Hillborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a $12 billion long-range transportation plan yesterday. The 25-year plan includes highway, transit, and pedestrian improvements county-wide, and passed unanimously. Some South Hillsborough residents are concerned that they didn’t get equal attention for their transportation needs.

With concerns about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and pedestrian deaths in Tamp...

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County Commission moves forward on transit listen

12/02/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners moved a step closer to letting the public decide if it will fund transportation. If adopted, the referendum would add a one cent sales tax to fund the multi-billion dollar transit overhaul, which would include light rail. The board passed the resolution 5 to 2. Commissioners Jim Norman and Al Higginbotham staunchly opposed the move.

Norman, challenging county staff on the feasibility of the project, reiterated his stance that this is ano...

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HART board considers economic development around transit lines listen

11/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Wednesday, Hillsborough County Commissioners will begin considering if they should let voters decide to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation. Light rail lines linking downtown Tampa with USF and Westshore would be the first mass transit projects to be constructed if citizens approve a one-cent sales tax increase.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), would also use some of the funds to enhance bus service in the county. This morning, th...

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Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce urges referendum on rail tax listen

10/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County voters may get a chance to vote next November on a sales tax increase to pay for transit, including light rail. That chance may have gotten more likely late yesterday, when the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce urged Hillsborough County Commissioners to place the referendum on the 2010 ballot.

WMNF spoke with Bank of Tampa executive vice president Henry Gonzalez, who is chair of the Chamber.

Henry Gonzalez: “We had voted unanimously in a past board meeting to...

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Transit trip increase means using less gas listen

09/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

During the last year, Florida has saved more than 100 million gallons of gasoline because of a record number of trips taken on transit. That’s according to a report from Environment Florida called Getting On Track: Record Transit Ridership Increases Energy Independence.” Environment Florid...

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HART alternative analysis could depend on sales tax listen

09/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is conducting a study of possible transportation routes from USF to downtown, and from downtown to the Westshore business district. This “alternative analysis” could help determine the route of future light rail lines, assuming county residents are willing to pay for them.

A regional transportation network is expected to have its light rail beginnings in Tampa. A USF to downtown line could open by 2018 and another line from downto...

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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio talks transit at Suncoast Tiger Bay listen

09/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today at the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club hosted Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

Iorio focused much of her address on issues of mass transit in the Tampa Bay region and how Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties can connect by light rail and other transportation options.

“You know, I think it’s OK to say ‘yes’ to something. For too long I think our politics have been ruled by ideology. Local politics even: ‘I’m against anything has to do with f...

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Florida High-Speed Rail supporters rally for federal funding listen

08/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many Florida elected officials, community groups, and business leaders are pushing for the state to construct only the second high-speed rail line in the country. Gatherings in Orlando, Lakeland, and Tampa today hoped to rally support for $2.5 billion of federal stimulus funding to connect those cities with 150 mile-per-hour train service.

According to U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, “Florida is ready to get moving. Florida is ready for high-speed rail.”

Castor stood on a balcony...

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