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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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PSTA forwards transit measure to Pinellas County Commission for referendum decision listen

01/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Wednesday Pinellas transit officials unanimously approved plans to move forward with a transit overhaul by passing the issue to county commissioners. During three hours of public comment Michael Marino with the Tampa Bay Partnership said he met more than 100 times with people in the community about what their priorities were and the answer almost every time was improved transit.

"This is not a debate about taxes or trains. This is a debate about do you want to have a positive impact o...

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PSTA expected to ask Pinellas County Commission for sales tax referendum listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Board members for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, or PSTA will decide once and for all tomorrow whether or not to ask Pinellas County Commissioners to put a sales tax referendum on the November, 2014 ballot. As proposed, the measure would boost the county’s sales tax from 7% to 8% and would fund a massive transit overhaul. The improvements would include better bus service and eventually light rail connecting downtown St. Pete t...

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Pinellas transit officials stick to plans for merger study after HART flip-flops listen

01/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) board is sticking to its guns about a recommendation to the Florida legislature that would further study the benefits of combining their agency with Hillsborough’s. Both boards had decided to ask the state to pay for a second merger study, but last week, leaders of the Hillsborough transit authority rescinded that request. PSTA CEO Brad Miller agreed with a board decision during a special meeting Monday to meet with HART once more before ...

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Breaking down the potential for a future mass transit system in Hillsborough County

01/03/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Ray Chiaramonte from the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Tampa attorney Brian Willis with the group Connect Tampa Bay talk about the very real prospects for a a mass-transit system in the Tampa Bay area, specifically in Hillsborough County.

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Tampa Bay area residents are becoming more transit-friendly listen

12/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa Bay Times poll released today shows that a majority of Tampa Bay residents would be OK with spending tax dollars on light rail in the region.

Fifty-six percent of Hillsborough County residents polled said they would support using public funding for mass transit like light or commuter rail. In Pinellas County 60% said they’d be on board.

The poll comes after voters in Hillsborough rejected a transit-tax referendum that could have included light rail. Now planners in Pinellas ...

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Tampa International Airport plans to shift car rental location to free up terminal space listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa International Airport officials are making plans for future growth and some of the changes could happen pretty soon. The airport’s CEO told Tampa City Council members this morning that rental car facilities will likely be moved in order to free up parking spaces and cut down on road congestion around the main terminal.

The new rental car facility would be built near the post office and economy parking lots on the south side of the airport property. Tampa airport’s CEO [Joe Lopa...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough want to further study transit merger listen

12/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Officials for transit authorities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are considering merging the two systems to save money. Both PSTA and HART boards plan to ask the Florida legislature to fund a detailed study of the savings that would result from combining staff resources.

PSTA and HART already split the cost of a preliminary state-mandated coordination study. The boards will vote on a final list of recommendations and funding requests based on the results at their meeting next month....

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to get $2.6 million for 4 hybrid buses

12/03/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the DOT has awarded Pinellas County’s transit system $2.6 million to purchase four hybrid electric buses. PSTA will receive the funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

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Elected officials look for ways to improve Tampa Bay transit listen

09/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Elected officials from across the region are learning how to improve transit. The group Transportation for America is hosting a summit today at the Val Pak headquarters in St. Petersburg that features experts on the topic as well as planners from cities with model transit systems. St. Pete City Council’s Jeff Danner said funding infrastructure is a major hurdle for the area.

“The thing with transportation is, regardless of what mode it is it’s very expensive and funding’s always...

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