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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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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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In State of the Union, Obama mentions Tampa visit and high-speed rail funding listen

01/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In his state of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama said that Florida will receive stimulus funding for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Obama says projects like the bullet train will put Americans to work building the infrastructure of tomorrow.

Obama: “From the first railroads to the interstate highway system, our nation has always been built to compete. There’s no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that ...

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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio predicts federal funding for remainder of high-speed rail costs listen

01/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio greeted President Obama when he arrived on Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base. After his speech, the Mayor predicted that the federal government would eventually fund the remaining cost of the high-speed rail line to Orlando.

Iorio has been a major proponent of the high-speed rail connection between Tampa and Orlando that will be partially funded through $1.25 billion in federal Recovery Act money.

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Protesters Demonstrate Outside Obama Townhall Meeting listen

01/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The line outside the Bob Martinez Sports Center wound throughout the University of Tampa campus. It reportedly had begun forming in the early morning hours. Most in line, like UT music major Alison Weinstien, were elated that the President would come to town on the heels of his State of the Union address.

Some, like Curtis, an engineer from Tampa, wanted to hear concrete ways on how the President plans to approve the economy.

Many, including USF graduate student Joshua Yanapa, wanted to...

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Obama announces high speed rail funding during Tampa visit listen

01/28/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama announced that thirteen major corridors will receive awards today to help develop new high-speed rail infrastructure or begin the transition to high-speed rail. Obama visited Tampa today with Vice President Joe Biden to announce his plans for rail, economic recovery and jobs following last night’s State of the Union address.

Obama plans...

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Castor says Obama will announce high-speed rail grants in Tampa tomorrow listen

01/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is coming to Tampa tomorrow with Vice President Joe Biden. Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor says Obama will announce $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail. Florida has applied for $2.5 billion to build a high-speed rail line between Orlando and Tampa. Castor, a Democrat, will be with President Obama tomorrow when he announces bullet train funding in Tampa.

In an audio statement today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson predicted that if Obama does announce that F...

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High-speed rail supporters call for citizens to lobby president listen

01/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today at Tampa’s Union Station, about forty proponents of high-speed rail unveiled their new campaign to lobby the president for stimulus funding. The rail supporters, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, hope citizens will ask Barack Obama to award Florida part of $8 billion in stimulus funding for a bullet train from Tampa to Orlando.

The union, business, environmental, and political leaders on hand are confident that Florida’s request for $2.5 billion will be awarded, but say that conta...

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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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TBARTA meets after transportation bill passes listen

12/11/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In a special session this week, the State Legislature voted to pass the bill which will provide funding for commuter and light rail in central and south Florida. Many in the state felt that this legislation was critical to acquiring the federal funds necessary to build high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. Today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) discussed what the passing of that legislation means for the future of TBARTA’s transportation efforts. Bob Cliff...

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