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Bills in Tallahassee Would Consolidate HART and PSTA Transportation Authorities

03/07/12 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about two bills in Tallahassee that could lead to the merger of HART (the Hillsborough Regional Transportation Authority) and PSTA (the Pinellas Suncoast Transportation Authority). Our guest is HART Board Vice Chair Dr. Steven Polzin, Director of the Mobility Research Program (long title for “researcher) at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. FMY HART

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Proposal for Light Rail in Pinellas Plus Sandra Fluke's Testimony Before Congress

03/05/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about public transportation.

Pinellas is considering a plan to build a 24 mile light rail system linking the central part of downtown St. Petersburg with Clearwater. There’s also potential in the system to build a line that would extend over the new Howard Frankland Bridge.

Here to talk about the idea is St. Petersburg City Council member Jeff Danner who is also chairman of the Pinellas S...

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Pinellas Transit draws light rail plans; 2013 referendum possible listen

02/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA, has drawn plans to build 24 miles of light rail in Pinellas County with a connection to Tampa. At the Unitarian Universalist church in Clearwater last night, a spokesperson for Pinellas’s transit authority told Sierra Club members that the plan could significantly reduce congestion on roadways. The rail plan is called the [locally preferred alternative](http://www.psta.net/PDF/PSTA-HA...

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Florida Senate bill could be catalyst for HART & PSTA merger listen

10/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Some board members the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority started planning their strategy to address new state legislation that could either dissolve the organization, or merge it with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA. HART attorney Chip Fletcher discussed the implications of Florida Senate Bill 192 during this morning’s Major Projects Committee.

HART and ...

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PSTA begins trolley routes from downtown St. Pete to southern Pinellas beaches listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Direct trolley routes connecting downtown St. Petersburg to south Pinellas beaches along Central Avenue began yesterday. Routes are now available from the Pier all the way to Pass-a-Grille beach for a two-dollar fare.

Before the opening of these routes, residents and tourists wanting to use public transportation to get from the Bay to the beach had to make several transfers. Now, they can hop on a trolley at any of seven stops and stay on that same bus until they reach their destination....

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PSTA is cutting some transportation services listen

07/28/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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According to New York Public Transit Association, public transportation saves Americans the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. But Tampa Bay might be missing out on some of those efficiencies because due to budget cuts, transit agencies are cutting bus services and next year, more citizens may be forced to carpool or drive.

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) community relations manager Bob Lasher says because of declining property taxes or ad valorem revenues, ...

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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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PSTA approves rate hike for bus system for people with disabilities listen

03/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Disabled bus riders who rely on Pinellas County’s on-demand bus system to get around will have to make a little more room in their budgets if they want to keep riding. The county’s transit board raised the system’s fares by 50 cents in what they’re calling a stop-gap measure to help deal with massive revenue shortfalls.

Pinellas Park activist Marshall Cook said he uses Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Demand Response Transportation, or [DART](http://p...

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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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