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PBS Reporter Grills Tampa Transit Leaders listen

04/14/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the University of Tampa yesterday Tampa transit leaders heard some of the toughest questions yet on their proposed transit overhaul, and they weren’t coming from a tax-bashing tea partier. They came from PBS Newshour’s Paul Solman, who was there as part of a town hall series in Tampa Bay this week. He challenged the assertion that Tampa Bay might enjoy the same five hundred percent return other cities have after investing in rail. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio responded.

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TBARTA Opposes Amendment Four listen

03/26/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Less than two months ago, President Obama granted funds for high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando.

But today, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and other members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) discussed how Amendment 4 could affect their future plans. Dubbed the "Hometown Democracy Amendment," the legislation would require public approval regarding growth management projects locally.

Iorio minced no words on what she sees as the negative...

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Pinellas to Launch Transit Task Force listen

03/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As a penny transit tax referendum inches closer to the November ballot in Hillsborough County, some might wonder how, or even if, the rest of the Tampa Bay region is going to tackle public transit. Today, officials met in Largo to discuss a possible transit overhaul in Pinellas. They announced the formation of a task force to help make this idea a reality. Florida’s most densely populated county may have a thing or two to learn from another auto-dependen...

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Commissioner Mark Sharpe speaks to Hillsborough Planning Commission listen

03/18/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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“Patton was a great planner! And a do-er.” That’s what Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe says in his transit presentation called, ‘The Blueprint.’ WMNF’s Rob Piccirillo reports.

Yesterday the county commission approved language for a transit tax referendum that could go on November’s ballot. One of its supporters, Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, spoke this afternoon to the Hillsborough Planning Commission.

Sharpe says he supports the referend...

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Transit Leaders Hear Good News on Federal Funds - Sort Of listen

03/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, transportation leaders from across the Tampa Bay area met with U.S. Congress member John Mica, who represents a portion of central Florida near Orlando. He told them not to worry about federal funds for high-speed rail, but added they need to get their act together when it comes to local transit.

All of the key players from the transit sector—from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority to local city council members—sh...

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HART Board Mulls Transit Tax Ballot Language listen

03/01/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board today mulled over how it will propose a sweeping transit overhaul to voters in November. The ballot question will ask Hillsborough voters whether they want to fund the multi-billion dollar project which includes light rail, bus line and road improvements with a one percent sales tax increase.

Supporters say this would change the way Tampa Bay commutes - possibly good news for a region recently voted worst in the nation...

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TBARTA works on 50 year transportation plan. listen

02/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Traffic congestion may never fully ease in the Tampa Bay area, but regional transit officials want to do something about the clogged highway system, by providing some alternatives to cars. Today in Tampa, the Board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority presented its transportation plan for the next 50 years.

If you don’t have a tree that can shade you for this life, you can at least plant a seed that will bring someone else shade for the future. This was the mentality of many...

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Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force on transit funding. listen

02/10/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There was hot debate today about the future of transportation at the Hillsborough County Commission. Their Transportation Task Force is working out plans for governance and oversight of the latest road, bus and rail projects, but time is running short to decide who will oversee regional transportation funding.

Working with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, or HART, the County’s Transportation Task Force is reaching out to municipalities, as they plan for transportation priorities. To ...

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Tampa City Council meets with Hillsborough County Commission to discuss transportation listen

02/09/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The election season is just months away, and local officials are already planning how to approach voters with ballot initiatives. Today was a big day for local government, as Tampa City Council and the Hillsborough County Commission talked about the school district, and how they will move local rail plans forward in the fall.

Now that Florida has been granted one and a quarter billion dollars in federal stimulus money to fund high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando, local officials are fig...

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TBARTA board discusses funding, cooperation listen

01/22/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A lengthy agenda awaited board members at this morning’s Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) meeting. At the top of the list was approving $4 million for the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization to study how to link transportation projects between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. R.B. Johnson chairs the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board and says this memorandum is historic:

*Now I would say that a perfect illus...

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