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HART Board gives CEO raise, mulls Pinellas transit aspirations listen

12/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of last month’s election, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has a new makeup – including Sandy Murman, a freshly-elected Republican County Commissioner. How this will affect the organization’s transit plan has yet to be seen, but rail continues to factor in as the board looks to the future.

It was one of the HART board’s slimmest agendas in recent memory. The board meets one Monday morning per month at a bleary 8:30 time slot. In the lead-up to last month...

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Tampa Bay area transit officials and business leaders hope to resuscitate rail listen

11/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Looking to raise rail from the ashes of the November Second vote, Tampa Bay area transit leaders met at the Straz Center this morning to reflect on what they’ve learned. They discussed possible reasons the penny transit tax withered on Hillsborough’s ballot, and speculated possible strategies for its future success.

Officials say there’s no silver bullet that nails the reason Hillsborough County voters didn’t buy into funding rail, bus and road improvements with a penny from every ...

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County transit officials to tread lightly on rail listen

11/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the wake of the Hillsborough transit referendum getting shot down in the polls, officials are grappling with the question of what to do next. Members of the county’s transportation agency are opting to tread lightly as they look for new ways to go forward on transit.

Facing the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board this morning, transportation advocate Pierre Mathurin says he has a regret.

"I wish that I would have done more to encourage people to vote for countywide transporta...

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Bike Bash and Cure on Wheels Promote Safe Bike Riding in Tampa Bay listen

11/08/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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You never forget how to ride a bike.

Whether people were getting on a bike for the first time in a while or using their everyday transportation hundreds showed up to support one to the area’s most popular sports, Bike riding.

“Well, we want to energize people about bicycling in the Tampa Bay it is a great lifestyle its healthy for you, great transportation and we need an event to kinda get people juiced up about cycling.”

The fifth annual bike bash gave resident an opport...

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HART Board approves tentative light rail plan listen

10/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County may be getting light rail. Today officials presented findings from a fifteen month transportation study, and transit board members, though skeptical of the fine details, approved of the recommendations.

More than a year in the making, the pages of the alternatives analysis contain a clue to how life in Hillsborough County may change in the coming decades. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority head planner Mary Shavalier says it irons out numerous factors involved...

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Hillsborough may beef up bus system even without transit tax listen

10/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Those who find getting around Hillsborough County’s roads to be treacherous may soon have some reprieve. Transit officials in Tampa are approaching two key steps they say will make it easier to get from point A to point B without a car. But one might come sooner than another.

Transit is on a lot of people’s minds these days. In about three weeks, Hillsborough County voters may approve a penny-per-dollar sales tax boost to fund a transit overhaul. But a smaller project may get underway ...

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TBARTA hears from freight giant CSX listen

08/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, the board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA, heard from freight company CSX. TBARTA is exploring the possibility of to running part of its proposed rail line along a CSX corridor. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said the CSX right of way in question would constitute a crucial portion of the proposed countywide mass transit system.

However, the mayor said, CSX doesn’t necessarily have to be part of the equation.

The other option is to go along I-275...

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HART to study rail link to Tampa International Airport listen

07/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the board of HART, Hillsborough County’s transit agency, agreed to study light rail from downtown Tampa to the Tampa International Airport. Mary Shavalier is HART’s chief of strategic planning and program development.

"Well at today's board meeting the HART board made a decision on a very small amendment to the study area that we're looking at, to try to determine how we could try to enhance transit between downtown Tampa and the Westshore business district. We have been previou...

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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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TBARTA Talks transit-oriented development, rail on Bruce B. Downs listen

04/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Imagine going days without getting into your car – having a bus or rail line within steps of your door to get you to work, and being able to walk to nearby restaurants. Many cities already have this type of layout, something planners call transit-oriented development. Today the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority Board heard from Bob Hunter, head of the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission, on the concept.

Hunter said that the commission is trying to amend Hillsborough’s ...

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