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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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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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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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Pinellas keeps breaking its bus ridership records listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) broke another ridership record in February.

It’s the sixteenth month in a row that more people rode the bus in the county than did the same month the previous year.

Bob Lasher, the spokesperson for PSTA, says ridership numbers have been outstanding.

HART also announced Monday its ridership continues to be strong.

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Pinellas will have transit tax referrendum on 2014 ballot - where will those funds go? listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite push-back from more than a dozen tea party activists, five Pinellas County commissioners said it was time to get moving on transit. At a meeting Tuesday in Clearwater, commissioners approved a 2014 ballot measure asking for an up to one cent sales tax increase to fund transportation. During a follow-up Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board meeting Wednesday, transit officials started talking about how to allocate the money if voters approve the referendum.

“The transit imp...

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Pinellas transit officials react to a Hillsborough Commissioner's suggestion to start transit talks listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As officials in Pinellas County gear up to expand transit options, Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe has said he wants to start talking about funding some enhancements on his side of the Bay. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sharpe said he wants to start building support for a 2014 referendum. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller says that’s a good thing.

“PSTA has worked very hard to try to develop our Alternative Analysis in a regional way and one of the cha...

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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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