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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

[WMNF coverage of Barack Obama rally](http://www.wmnf.org/news_s...

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Will Crist OK $2M TBARTA budget? listen

05/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This session the Florida Legislature provided the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) $2 million. But Gov. Charlie Crist could still veto that funding, like he did to the $1 million in startup funds the Legislature attempted to give TBARTA last year.

Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan serves as the vice chair of the TBARTA Board. Duncan said TBARTA needs the one-time funding from the Legislature to secure private and government transit money and to finally hir...

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council meets listen

04/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council met today in Pinellas Park to discuss regional transit and what future development might look like in the Tampa Bay Area.

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s mission is to provide “a forum to foster communication, coordination and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally” among the 43 jurisdictions in Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Deborah Kynes is a Dunedin City Commissioner and th...

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HART deals with financial struggles listen

04/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) met this morning in the County Center in downtown Tampa. The board is faced with how to deal with cuts to both local and federal transit budgets.

David Persaud, HART’s chief financial officer, assessed the current financial climate heading into the 2009 fiscal year.

Persaud said that the 2010 deficits might be made up through reduced services or opportunities for federal grants. Jeff Boothe, with the law...

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