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Upgrades to Hillsborough transit include flex service and soon, bus rapid transit listen

08/10/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last year, Hillsborough County voters rejected a one-cent sales tax increase to pay for transportation, including a light rail network. Now the county’s transportation agency, HART, is considering a slight tax increase pay for bus service and make up for declining property values. Marcia Mejia, the public information officer with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority says the bus system has more riders than ever.

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HART approves millage rate ceiling hike listen

08/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, the Board of Hillsborough’s transit agency, HART, raised the maximum amount it can assess homeowners for the county’s bus and other transportation services. During the two hour meeting the board also addressed collective bargaining and changes to In-Town-Trolley routes.

Meeting rising costs without asking tax payers to pony up is becoming more and more difficult in a struggling economy and issues concerning transportation are no exception. In their first meeting since Ju...

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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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