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PSTA forwards transit measure to Pinellas County Commission for referendum decision listen

01/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Wednesday Pinellas transit officials unanimously approved plans to move forward with a transit overhaul by passing the issue to county commissioners. During three hours of public comment Michael Marino with the Tampa Bay Partnership said he met more than 100 times with people in the community about what their priorities were and the answer almost every time was improved transit.

"This is not a debate about taxes or trains. This is a debate about do you want to have a positive impact o...

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PSTA expected to ask Pinellas County Commission for sales tax referendum listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Board members for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA will decide once and for all tomorrow whether or not to ask Pinellas County Commissioners to put a sales tax referendum on the November, 2014 ballot. As proposed, the measure would boost the county’s sales tax from 7% to 8% and would fund a massive transit overhaul. The improvements would include better bus service and eventually light rail connecting downtown St. Pete t...

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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decided to ask the state to pay for a second merger study, but last week, leaders of the Hillsborough transit authority rescinded that request.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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Tampa Bay area residents are becoming more transit-friendly listen

12/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa Bay Times poll released today shows that a majority of Tampa Bay residents would be OK with spending tax dollars on light rail in the region.

Fifty-six percent of Hillsborough County residents polled said they would support using public funding for mass transit like light or commuter rail. In Pinellas County 60% said they’d be on board.

The poll comes after voters in Hillsborough rejected a transit-tax referendum that could have included light rail. Now planners in Pinellas ...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough want to further study transit merger listen

12/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Officials for transit authorities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are considering merging the two systems to save money. Both PSTA and HART boards plan to ask the Florida legislature to fund a detailed study of the savings that would result from combining staff resources.

PSTA and HART already split the cost of a preliminary state-mandated coordination study. The boards will vote on a final list of recommendations and funding requests based on the results at their meeting next month....

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to get $2.6 million for 4 hybrid buses

12/03/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the DOT has awarded Pinellas County’s transit system $2.6 million to purchase four hybrid electric buses. PSTA will receive the funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

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Elected officials look for ways to improve Tampa Bay transit listen

09/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Elected officials from across the region are learning how to improve transit. The group Transportation for America is hosting a summit today at the Val Pak headquarters in St. Petersburg that features experts on the topic as well as planners from cities with model transit systems. St. Pete City Council’s Jeff Danner said funding infrastructure is a major hurdle for the area.

“The thing with transportation is, regardless of what mode it is it’s very expensive and funding’s always...

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Pinellas transit officials want to brand improvements before asking residents to pay for them listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County is slowly moving forward with plans to ask voters to pay for a major transit overhaul. A study released this year lays the groundwork for both light rail and increased bus service to support it. At a transit meeting yesterday, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller said the ideas need to be discussed with possible riders.

“To help us digest all of these plans that are going on whether they’re long term or ...

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Light rail advocates join forces to combat opposition in Pinellas listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Environmentalists and progressive activists are joining forces to let transit officials in Pinellas County know they want expanded mass transit. About 80 of them packed a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) board meeting in Pinellas County Monday to make sure their presence was felt as heavily as rail opponents whose slogan is "no tax for tracks." Organizer of the event, Tim Martin represents the group Awake Pinellas. As multi-modal transportation supporters showed up, Martin made s...

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Bills in Tallahassee Would Consolidate HART and PSTA Transportation Authorities

03/07/12 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about two bills in Tallahassee that could lead to the merger of HART (the Hillsborough Regional Transportation Authority) and PSTA (the Pinellas Suncoast Transportation Authority). Our guest is HART Board Vice Chair Dr. Steven Polzin, Director of the Mobility Research Program (long title for “researcher) at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. FMY HART

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