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Bill Nelson: Florida will get $342 million more for high-speed rail listen

12/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida may be getting more money for its proposed high-speed train. And it’s thanks to some states rejecting the federal funds. Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has told Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson that Florida will get some of the money rejected by Wisconsin and Ohio. Recently elected Republican governors in those states have said they did not want high-speed rail projects.

"Florida is getting an early Christmas present. We just got $342 million more for ou...

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Florida's High Speed Rail on track for 2015 listen

10/11/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This isn't your average choo-choo train.

“Not only is it a better way to get from point A to point B, it is safe, reliable, and comfortable, and you know you are going to arrive at your destination on time.”

High-speed rail will connect Tampa to Orlando by 2015 and would run on speeds up to 200-mph. A bullet train would cut the drive time nearly in half and could even beat airplanes to their destination. Siemens Spokesperson, Becky Johnson says that’s not all the new rail would offer. ...

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St. Pete to add optional curbside recycling for a price listen

09/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Being green hasn’t been easy for those living in St. Petersburg, where most residents have to sort, then lug their recyclables to a recycling center. Today, that changed. The city will soon offer curbside recycling – for a fee.

It was a unanimous decision, which St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell summed up well: it's long overdue.

The City Council has entered into a 2-year agreement with the Florida division of Waste Services Incorporated, the third largest solid waste managemen...

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Florida high-speed rail will be partnership with private company to design-build-operate listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Beginning in just a few years, you’ll be able to take a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando in under an hour. But before then the high-speed rail line needs to be built. Half of the roughly $2.5 billion dollar project has been funded through the federal Recovery Act.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week in the three cities where the bullet train will stop; Today in Tampa, tomorrow in Lakeland, and Thursday in Orlando.

For a preview of those meetings WM...

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U.S. Rep. Castor previews high-speed rail meetings in Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando listen

08/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa will be one of the first communities in the country to have a true high-speed rail line. Because of a federal stimulus grant, Florida will construct a line that starts in downtown Tampa and continues to Lakeland and Orlando.

This week there will be meetings on high-speed rail in those three cities beginning tomorrow in Tampa. As a preview, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL).

The high-speed rail meetings in Tampa will b...

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Tampa City Council rejects study on high-speed rail to airport listen

07/29/10 Seán Kinane & Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council voted down a resolution calling on the state to study a high-speed rail link between downtown and Tampa International Airport. The vote was 3-4 to defeat the resolution Council had requested two weeks ago.

John Wheat, interim director of Tampa International Airport’s board, told Council that a light rail link makes more sense at the airport.

"Since 2003, we've prepared a couple of studies. Our most recent one was done in 2007, which provided for a light rail corrido...

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HART to study rail link to Tampa International Airport listen

07/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the board of HART, Hillsborough County’s transit agency, agreed to study light rail from downtown Tampa to the Tampa International Airport. Mary Shavalier is HART’s chief of strategic planning and program development.

"Well at today's board meeting the HART board made a decision on a very small amendment to the study area that we're looking at, to try to determine how we could try to enhance transit between downtown Tampa and the Westshore business district. We have been previously ...

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Tampa City Council supports short high-speed rail extension from downtown to airport listen

07/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In January, President Barack Obama came to Tampa to announce that federal stimulus funds would be used to pay for half the cost of a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. There are three stops planned for the Orlando area – including their airport, one in Lakeland, and one in downtown Tampa. But Tampa officials are concerned that the bullet train will not go to Tampa International Airport.

Today City Council unanimously supported a resolution put forward by Council member Mary M...

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TBARTA Board talks rail, airport leg listen

06/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today transit officials heard the latest on proposed rail lines in the Tampa Bay area. The question of an airport connection was front and center.

"We haven't gotten used to being among the best in a lot of things. But when it comes to transportation, Hillsborough County is last for commuters. Dead last."

After Tampa Bay Partnership president Stuart Rogel screened his organization’s new ad promoting a transit tax in Hillsborough, County Commission Chair and TBARTA Board member Ken Ha...

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Hillsborough Commissioners agree on city-county split for transit tax funds listen

02/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of a massive federal grant, Tampa is likely to be on one end of a bullet train that will connect to Orlando and eventually Miami. But whether passengers arriving in Tampa will have access to robust interconnected transportation options could depend on the mood of Hillsborough voters this November to raise their own taxes.

Today Commissioner Jim Norman, who opposes that sales tax increase, accused supporters of trying to hide where much of the revenue would go by not including the ...

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