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TBARTA supports referendum for light rail funding listen

02/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) voted unanimously this morning to support Hillsborough County’s efforts to build light rail. TBARTA will back a referendum that could be placed on the 2010 ballot in Hillsborough to fund transit by increasing sales tax.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio has been a leader in the effort to construct four light rail lines that will link downtown Tampa with the University of South Florida, Tampa International Airport and beyond.

“And I ...

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Mark Sharpe defends his work on mass transit listen

02/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A clash of egos broke out at a budget meeting today with Hillsborough County Commissioners regarding a possible referendum next year on funding a mass transit system.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe has been actively involved in discussions with other local agencies over the past couple of years on the issue.

After coming back from a meeting with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, as well as members of HART, the County’s Metropolitian Planning organization and the region’s transit agency, TBARTA, Shar...

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Water taxis proposed for Hillsborough River listen

02/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Even though the Hillsborough River runs directly through downtown Tampa and surrounding residential communities, it is rarely used as a transportation corridor. But that may soon change if groups pushing for a water transit service can turn their vision into reality.

Tampa’s Urban Charrette is a group of architects, planners, and community designers that, according to its website is “a design collaborative dedicated to research, education, and advocacy th...

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HART proposes bus rapid transit line listen

01/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Light and commuter rail will be part of a regional transit solution for the Tampa Bay region, but so will expanded bus service, especially bus rapid transit (BRT).

City and county officials and community leaders met at the offices of HART, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority today.

Chad Luedtke is vice president of HDR engineering, a consulting group hired by HART for the BRT project. Leudtke says construction of bus stops along the proposed nort...

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TBARTA official briefs Council on transit plans listen

01/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Bob Clifford, the recently hired executive director for TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, gave an update about the agency to the Tampa City Council this morning. It’s part of his mission to visit all of the local governments within the authority’s region early this year, to keep momentum going for a regional transit system.

Plans currently call for the Hillsborough County Commission to place a referendum on the 2010 ballot to allow citizens to vote on raisin...

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Tampa City Councilman bothered by I-4 connector project delay listen

01/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization today passed a plan for road improvements that will be funded in part by the the Florida Department of Transportation over the next five years.

But Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder initially expressed unhappiness with the plan, because it will delay construction of a long-awaited link between the Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway for three more years.

The connector will be a mile-long series of eleva...

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TBARTA ponders costs of transit system listen

12/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A regional transit network in the Tampa Bay area could cost between $11 and $23 billion. During their monthly board meeting this morning, TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, contemplated how to pay for that system.

Bob Clifford was recently hired to be TBARTA’s first executive director. He said that costs for a regional transit system have to include the costs of existing bus service as well as new c...

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TBARTA considers sales tax for transit listen

09/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The bay area’s transit board met today in Tampa. One topic the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) covered was long-term funding for regional transportation projects.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, chair of TBARTA’s funding and finance committee, suggested two ways to fund TBARTA long-term: One is through part of a surcharge on rental cars that now goes to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); another is through an increase in sales tax. Hibbard said T...

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Tampa streetcar manager ousted listen

08/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern had harsh words today regarding the firing of Tampa’s Streetcar Manager by Hillsborough County’s transit system agency, HART.

Tim Borchers was hired to manage the streetcar line in 2002. His firing was said to be intended to save money and improve service.

Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena also expressed reservations about the firing.

The streetcar has been derided by some as a boondoggle, but HART Executive Director David Armijo says currently 36...

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Forum held on TBARTA master plan listen

08/06/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) held an open forum in Tampa to solicit citizen’s input on development of a rapid transit master plan to be completed by the end of 2008.

TBARTA was created as a state agency in July 2007. It’s charter is to plan, construct and operate rapid transit in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. TBARTA aims to improve mobility and expand multimodal transportation throughout the regio...

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