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Preliminary HART budget would raise ad valorem, cut routes listen

06/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Falling revenue may mean more cuts for Hillsborough County bus services. Today the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Directors approved a preliminary budget that would ax fifteen stops, and drastically reduce service in some areas. Philip Hale, the agency’s interim CEO, said drawing on reserves has prevented such cuts in the past, but that’s not an option anymore.

"For the last three years we have been, in essence, balancing the budget, adding additional servic...

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Pinellas transit agency writes governor, welcomes new executive director listen

05/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In a week where his approval rating hit an all-time low of just 29 percent, Governor Rick Scott’s mailbox appears to be brimming with correspondence from agencies across the state. Whether or not he’ll read his mail, Pinellas County’s transit board is among the latest to write the governor urging him not to ax funding.

Although the state legislature left funding intact for the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, also known as TBARTA, the governor may not. PSTA board Cha...

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HART board nearly kills rail study listen

05/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Exactly six months ago today, Hillsborough County voters turned down a transit overhaul that a hike in the sales tax would have funded. Since then, efforts to amp up local public transit have faced several political road blocks. The county’s transit board came close to dealing a fatal blow to the county’s fledgling plan to amp up its public transit system – something many hoped to do by building light rail.

A year ago, County Commissioner and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board ...

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HART Board extends CEO David Armijo's paid leave listen

04/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County’s top transit official is facing tough scrutiny in the wake of accusations of misconduct ranging from retaliation against whistleblowers and misuse of travel funds. Today the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board placed agency CEO David Armijo on two more weeks of paid leave while they try to figure out whether or not to keep him on board.

The complaints came back in February. Two weeks ago the board voted to suspend HART CEO David Armijo with pay when national emp...

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Tampa Bay Transit Call-In

03/21/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our guests were Managers of Community Relations for two of our area’s largest counties’ transportation providers. Bob Lasher joined us from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Donna Chen from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Also we were happy to have Sandi Moody, with Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). Sandi was formally with Bay Area Commuter Services, which has merged with TBARTA, So we still have an agency in our area that ...

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Pinellas & Hillsborough transit agencies consider rail over Tampa Bay listen

02/15/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re one of the thousands of people who drive across the Howard-Frankland Bridge twice daily, you know how brutal that rush-hour traffic can get. Picture, instead, traversing the Bay via rail – reading the paper, staring out the window, texting to your heart’s content. Today the transit agencies from Pinellas and Hillsborough talked about making room for a possible rail line when the state replaces the bridge’s eastbound expanse. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority consultant Don...

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HART may build demonstration rail line to airport listen

02/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Could a demonstration rail line between downtown Tampa and the airport convince residents to support projects to ease rush hour gridlock? Hillsborough County’s regional transit board wants to continue looking at rail, but the obvious question is how to fund it.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as HART, has strongly advocated light rail for combating gridlock. Hillsborough County voters opted not to raise their sales tax in order to fu...

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HART to weigh carpool lanes, light-rail starter line listen

01/24/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As rush hour picks up throughout Tampa Bay, you may be wondering if there will ever be a fix for all the gridlock. Transportation officials met in Tampa today to talk about possible short term solutions to Tampa’s transit woes.

Being stuck in traffic is a fact of life almost everywhere, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County voters said no to a large-scale transit overhaul, but Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (or HART) officials are still looking at ways to ease traffic...

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HART board may weigh BRT for Bruce B. Downs listen

01/03/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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If you’re stuck in traffic on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard right now, you may wonder if the gridlock will ever end. Hillsborough voters may have rejected a sales tax boost to fund a transit overhaul, but some county officials still hope to tackle traffic on Bruce B Downs many commuters know well.

Whether or not you supported the November transit initiative, which, among other things, would have funded rail, you’re probably not too keen on spending weekday afternoons moving along the paveme...

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HART Board gives CEO raise, mulls Pinellas transit aspirations listen

12/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of last month’s election, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has a new makeup – including Sandy Murman, a freshly-elected Republican County Commissioner. How this will affect the organization’s transit plan has yet to be seen, but rail continues to factor in as the board looks to the future.

It was one of the HART board’s slimmest agendas in recent memory. The board meets one Monday morning per month at a bleary 8:30 time slot. In the lead-up to last month...

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