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Public transit not working for some blind people in Pinellas listen

07/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: blind, sight impaired, psta, DART

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When the world around you is nothing but a veil of blackness, getting around becomes pretty hard. That’s the life of a blind person. But some members of a group for sight impaired Pinellas County residents say they don’t have access to reliable transportation. Kathy Millican is the president of the Pinellas Council of the Blind.

“They’ve had really substantial delays. People are not being picked up on time. Sometimes they’re not being picked up at all. Calls are being dropped. There’s not...

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Both sides of Pinellas County transit referendum say the other is spreading misinformation listen

04/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Ken Welch, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, transit, bus, rail, Pinellas County, Barbara Haselden

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Both sides of a controversial transit referendum in Pinellas County think the other is spreading misinformation. During a debate at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Thursday, PSTA board member Ken Welch accused the group No Tax for Tracks of blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Welch was interrupted by longtime opponent David McKalip.

"There are so many misinformation items being put out there. Look, I'm used to this because I was chairman during the fluoride debate, Dr. McAlister. I'm use...

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Public transportation use up in Tampa Bay and the nation listen

03/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: psta, HART, APTA, transit, Transportation, bus rapid transit, BRT, rail, Greenlight Pinellas

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Transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay posted record ridership for the month of February. Bus rides in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties have continued to increase, mirroring a national trend of growing public transportation use. Bob Lasher, spokesperson for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, says many routes are running at capacity.

“Not just at rush hour, but during the middle portion of the day, we’re running buses that are having – we’re putting extra buses out because we ...

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New campaign asks for yes vote on Pinellas transit referendum listen

02/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, transit, Pinellas County, psta, Brad Miller, rail

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The campaign for a Pinellas County transit referendum officially launched Friday. The Yes for Greenlight initiative is gathering support for a one penny sales tax increase that would fund massive transit improvements including light rail and bus rapid transit.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is looking forward to a November ballot question asking voters to approve the increased sales tax to replace property taxes that currently fund the agency. Brad...

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For Pinellas and Hillsborough transit officials want collaboration, not consolidation listen

01/24/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: HART, psta, TBARTA, transit, Transportation

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A transit merger between agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties may not be the best way to save money. An independent study was approved by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority during a meeting Friday that shows collaboration between the two groups could cut costs without the risk of consolidating.

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit hired the audit firm KPMG to start weighing the pros and cons of consolidating the two grou...

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More Pinellas buses to be equipped with wireless Internet by next summer listen

12/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: psta, HART, transit, Wi-Fi, Transportation, buses

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Ten buses in Pinellas County are now equipped with Wi-Fi. And Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller says the agency plans to add wireless access to all of its 188-bus fleet.

“We’re hoping the Spring that they should be starting right after the first of the year installing the rest of them. Hopefully by this summer we’ll have all of them done.”

The announcement came Wednesday during a virtual ribbon cutting celebration led by St. Pete City Council and PSTA board member Wen...

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Pinellas transit referendum language approved 6-1 after outpouring of support listen

12/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: psta, Greenlight Pinellas, transit, No Tax for Tracks, Pinellas County Commission

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Pinellas County Commissioners approved ballot language asking for a one penny sales tax to fund transit improvements that would include passenger rail. More than 50 pro-transit advocates spoke in favor of the referendum during a four hour public hearing Tuesday night.

A positive vote in 2014 would start the new funding on January 1, 2016 and run indefinitely unless it’s repealed. It would fund expanded bus service including increased frequency and bus rapid transit as well as local passeng...

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Bus ridership continues to grow in Pinellas and Hillsborough listen

11/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: transit, psta, HART, TBARTA, pinellas, Hillsborough, Bob Lasher, Philip Hale, Connect Tampa Bay, Greenlight Pinellas

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority posted an all time high ridership record last month and Pinellas wasn’t far behind. But Kevin Thurman with the pro-transit group Connect Tampa Bay said that trend isn’t anything new.

“We’ve been getting record ridership month after month after month from both PSTA and HART and one month of not building on the last October doesn’t create a trend, I guess is the best way to put it. The trend is clear that we have a significant amount of deman...

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Pinellas Commission proposes transit tax referendum language listen

10/29/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, transit, Pinellas County, rail, bus rapid transit, psta

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Pinellas County Commissioners agreed to give all of the revenue from a proposed penny sales tax to Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority if it’s approved by voters next year. During a discussion Tuesday about the ballot initiative, the transit agency suggested language that would include a description of services including passenger rail, bus rapid transit and improvements to existing bus routes. The move is being supported by all but one commissioner. During debate on the issue, Norm Roche que...

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Hillsborough County lags in transportation improvements listen

10/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Transportation, HART, transit, TBARTA, Hillsborough County, psta, Sunrail, Polk Transit

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Hillsborough County is lagging behind other districts within the Tampa Bay region when it comes to transit improvements.Transit officials from Central Florida joined local planners during a transportation summit Thursday at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

SunRail is coming to the Orlando area as soon as next Spring. Pinellas County is hoping a transit referendum next year could fund something similar there. Polk County will also ask voters to fund transit improvements next year. Hillsborough ...

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