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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn says region needs transit options including rail listen

03/26/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday morning.

He used the example of a squirrel causing a power failure at a water treatment plant last month resulting in a city-wide boil water notice to emphasize the importance of investing in infrastructure.

Buckhorn said Tampa Bay should be a region with a first class transportation system with mobility options.

“That means bus rapid transit, that means HOV and it darn sure means rail.”

Buckhorn also...

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Hillsborough County Commissioners will accelerate transit talks listen

03/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously agreed to start planning how to improve transit during a meeting today in downtown. Despite more than a dozen speakers who were in favor of multi-modal transit, Commissioner Victor Crist said his vote doesn't necessarily mean he will support rail.

“I’m going to be judging them solely on the ROI – the return on investment. I’m going to be looking at whether or not it remained an objective process. I’m going to be scrutinizing it v...

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Pinellas keeps breaking its bus ridership records listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) broke another ridership record in February.

It’s the sixteenth month in a row that more people rode the bus in the county than did the same month the previous year.

Bob Lasher, the spokesperson for PSTA, says ridership numbers have been outstanding.

HART also announced Monday its ridership continues to be strong.

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Tampa City Council wants more solutions for pedestrian safety listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is consistently ranked in the top five most dangerous metropolitan areas for bicycle and pedestrian deaths.

A recent accident where a child was killed crossing a section of Busch Boulevard that lacks crosswalks prompted a discussion on safety at Tampa City Council Thursday morning.

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern questioned Debbie Hunt from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Pinellas will have transit tax referrendum on 2014 ballot - where will those funds go? listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite push-back from more than a dozen tea party activists, five Pinellas County commissioners said it was time to get moving on transit. At a meeting Tuesday in Clearwater, commissioners approved a 2014 ballot measure asking for an up to one cent sales tax increase to fund transportation. During a follow-up Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board meeting Wednesday, transit officials started talking about how to allocate the money if voters approve the referendum.

“The transit imp...

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Pinellas transit officials react to a Hillsborough Commissioner's suggestion to start transit talks listen

02/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As officials in Pinellas County gear up to expand transit options, Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe has said he wants to start talking about funding some enhancements on his side of the Bay. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sharpe said he wants to start building support for a 2014 referendum. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller says that’s a good thing.

“PSTA has worked very hard to try to develop our Alternative Analysis in a regional way and one of the cha...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says transit merger is not TBARTA's problem listen

02/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Even though the idea of a cross-bay merger is off the table for now, the boards of the transit agencies in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties still say they want to work on some projects together. After a state mandated merger study, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority had requested the state fund a second study taking a deeper look into possible cost savings. HART filed a separate report requesting no further studies. During a Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority meeting, o...

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Some transit officials want lawmakers to support gas tax hike listen

02/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some transit officials want the Florida legislature to let localities increase their local gas tax as much as ten cents per gallon. A Sarasota planning official suggested several possible ways to boost revenue during the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority meeting Friday in Tampa.

Michael Howe, executive director for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is pushing for a 2-cent increase to local gas taxes every year for the next five ...

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Mobile app for bus riders coming soon to Hillsborough listen

02/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority is trying to make it easier for bus riders to figure out how to get from point A to point B. HART will launch a web-based bus information system for riders this summer. The program is called OneBusAway and was created with the help of USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. It will be available on smart phones, through the HART website and through telephone operators. HART’s Information Technology Services coordinator, Shannon Ha...

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Transit officials in Hillsborough are trying to get rolling on improvements listen

02/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County’s transit agency is looking at ways to revamp its system, mostly by improving services it already offers. At a workshop today, community stakeholders and HART officials laid out different funding options for new projects.

More and more people are ditching their wheels and hopping on buses. According to Jeff Seward, HART’s chief financial officer, ridership is already up 3.5% over last year. That leaves a wide gap in bus service for the county that Seward said cou...

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