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Pinellas County Talks Move for an Improved Transit System listen

12/07/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County is on the move toward an improved transit system. A Pinellas County Transit and Land Use Workshop was held today in Pinellas Park to discuss the county’s plans for future transportation improvement.

The workshop today was headed by several Tampa Bay transit groups including TBARTA and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority or PSTA. Tim Garling is the executive director for PSTA. He said Pinellas County is currently in the beginning stages of mapping out a comprehensive ...

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Federal funding sought for high-speed Tampa-Orlando train listen

11/20/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik pushed for a high speed rail system during a talk at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center early this afternoon, as part of the move to bring some major transit changes to the Tampa Bay area.

Florida has applied for funding for a high speed rail system that would connect Tampa to Orlando. One proponent for this new rail is former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik. In efforts to gain support for the move, Turanchik spoke to ...

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Street Car gets Whiting extension line listen

10/09/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Teco Line Street Car System’s Whiting Street Extension had it’s groundbreaking ceremony at the downtown YMCA. The extension will use federal stimulus money and is one measure to bring more public transportation to the Tampa Bay Area.

The 4th grade class from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School Band played at the ceremony. City council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena attended, along with all the TECO board members and HART’s engineering staff. TECO’s ...

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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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Sun City Center residents discuss transit options listen

07/15/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Later this year, the Hillsborough County Commission will decide whether to place a referendum on the November 2010 general election ballot asking residents if they want to increase sales tax by a penny in order to pay for transit.

Today in Sun City Center, people living in south county weighed in on what future transit choices they prefer. Joy Gasser thinks that Hillsborough should rely on more than just a sales tax increase to fund transportation.

Eileen Courter lives in Sun City Cent...

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TBARTA hosted by Hillsborough County listen

06/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) board members have been visiting each of the seven counties in the region to learn about local growth, financial, and transportation concerns. This morning they were in Hillsborough County to meet with city and county leaders at the County Center in downtown Tampa.

Last week, some members of TBARTA traveled to the cities of Charlotte, Dallas and Denver to see how those communities have created their successful mass transit systems. ...

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Businesses who reduce pollution lauded listen

05/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is an air-quality initiative geared toward reducing vehicle exhaust and traffic congestion. Today at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa’s Westshore district, CAP held a lunchtime ceremony to honor organizations committed to reducing the air pollution generated by transportation.

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County is one of the two groups that formed CAP in 2002, and Rick Garrity is their executive director. The other...

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TBARTA board meeting listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, or TBARTA, held their monthly board meeting this morning in Tampa. They heard presentations about how changing demographics will change transit needs in the future and saw results of a survey of residents in the seven counties in the region.

John Fregonese is a planning consultant based in Portland Oregon who briefed the TBARTA board on how the region’s future transit needs could be affected by a population that is getting older and has smal...

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Iorio discusses Obama endorsement listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Before Sen. Barack Obama took the stage at his campaign rally in Tampa on Wednesday, the host city’s mayor, Pam Iorio, announced her endorsement of Obama for president.

Today, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Iorio about her endorsement and why it came this week.

“[I’ll] certainly make sure he knows what Tampa’s needs are and how the federal government can be of help,” Iorio said.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

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