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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department o...

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TBARTA hears from freight giant CSX listen

08/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, the board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA, heard from freight company CSX. TBARTA is exploring the possibility of to running part of its proposed rail line along a CSX corridor. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said the CSX right of way in question would constitute a crucial portion of the proposed countywide mass transit system.

However, the mayor said, CSX doesn’t necessarily have to be part of the equation.

The other option is to go along I-275...

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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 corri...

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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 previou...

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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 ...

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Florida Representative Bill Heller on why he opposed the rail bill listen

12/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Representative Bill Heller voted against the rail bill that Governor Crist signed today. The Democrat from St. Petersburg says he supports mass transit, but opposes the multi-million dollar handout to the rail company CSX.

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Governor Crist signs rail bill into law listen

12/16/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Governor Charlie Crist signed historic legislation for state and local rail systems. The bill passed in a Special Session of the Florida Legislature last week, which many say is the first step in also bringing high speed rail to Florida.

Protesters, politicians, and proponents of local rail systems gathered at the HART bus station in downtown Tampa. Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 1B today, which passed during...

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