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Dump the Pump pushes for transit over cars on both sides of Tampa Bay listen

06/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday is national Dump the Pump day meant to draw attention to ways local governments can get people out of their cars and into multi-modal transit. Transportation agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay were getting the message out. At the Town N’ Country Senior Service Center, Lisa Bacot, the executive director for the Florida Public Transportation Association, touted the benefits of riding the bus to retirees.

“As you age, a lot of people plan for retirement from work, but they donâ...

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HART opens MetroRapid express bus route along Nebraska Avenue to USF Tampa listen

05/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority, or HART, kicked off its first day of Express Bus service Tuesday along the Nebraska Avenue corridor. MetroRapid uses GPS technology for traffic signal priority and limited bus stops to get riders to their destination as much as 15% faster – and uses brand new buses.

“I like it. It smells like a brand new car.”

That’s frequent bus rider Jeff Stevens.

“It’s cleaner, it’s a lot nicer looking, it’s a little bit more [...

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New MetroRapid bus service will be free beginning Tuesday in Hillsborough listen

05/24/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Tuesday the Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority will begin its MetroRapid north-south bus service.

It runs from downtown Tampa to the university area transit center every 15 minutes along the busy Nebraska Avenue corridor.

From there it continues every 30 minutes to a park-and-ride lot in north Tampa near Fletcher and Interstate-75.

For the first two weeks MetroRapid will be free. Thereafter it will be the same cost as regular fare.

We spoke with Sandra Pinto, ...

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Howard Frankland span replacement could spell transit improvements over Tampa Bay listen

05/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Northbound section of the Howard Frankland Bridge will need to be replaced sometime in the next decade or so. That leaves a host of options for transit agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay.

During a stakeholder meeting in Pinellas County Tuesday, the Florida Department of Transportation’s district planning manager, Ming Gao said the plans could include some premium transit options.

“We know the in-kind replacement is around $367 million. You’ve got the transit option; youâ...

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Regional transit in Tampa Bay is getting an updated vision listen

04/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The board coordinating transit agencies from all over the Tampa Bay area is updating its master plan this year. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority discussed the changes during its meeting Friday. Even though the board considers the update minor, it includes opportunities for increased regional connectivity.

Much of the focus will be on making it easier to get between Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Bob Clifford is TBARTA’s executive dire...

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Local transit

04/01/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program we talked with four people involved with our local transit systems. Our guests included Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Chief Operations Officer Katharine Eagan, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) External Affairs Officer Bob Lasher, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Director of Programs and Operations Sandi Moody and also TBARTA’s Communication Specialist...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says transit merger is not TBARTA's problem listen

02/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Even though the idea of a cross-bay merger is off the table for now, the boards of the transit agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties still say they want to work on some projects together. After a state mandated merger study, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority had requested the state fund a second study taking a deeper look into possible cost savings. HART filed a separate report requesting no further studies. During a Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority meeting, o...

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Mobile app for bus riders coming soon to Hillsborough listen

02/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority is trying to make it easier for bus riders to figure out how to get from point A to point B. HART will launch a web-based bus information system for riders this summer. The program is called OneBusAway and was created with the help of USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. It will be available on smart phones, through the HART website and through telephone operators. HART’s Information Technology Services coordinator, Shannon Ha...

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Transit officials in Hillsborough are trying to get rolling on improvements listen

02/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County’s transit agency is looking at ways to revamp its system, mostly by improving services it already offers. At a workshop today, community stakeholders and HART officials laid out different funding options for new projects.

More and more people are ditching their wheels and hopping on buses. According to Jeff Seward, HART’s chief financial officer, ridership is already up 3.5% over last year. That leaves a wide gap in bus service for the county that Seward said cou...

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Pinellas transit officials stick to plans for merger study after HART flip-flops listen

01/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) board is sticking to its guns about a recommendation to the Florida legislature that would further study the benefits of combining their agency with Hillsborough’s. Both boards had decided to ask the state to pay for a second merger study, but last week, leaders of the Hillsborough transit authority rescinded that request. PSTA CEO Brad Miller agreed with a board decision during a special meeting Monday to meet with HART once more before ...

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