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TBARTA interviews executive director candidates listen

10/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In a public meeting of its selection committee today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) interviewed three candidates for its executive director position. The committee considered scrapping the process but ultimately chose to recommend all three candidates to the full board for consideration.

TBARTA received $2 million from the Legislature during the last session, but unless changes are made, it must be spent by the end of the fiscal year. T...

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TBARTA considers sales tax for transit listen

09/26/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The bay area’s transit board met today in Tampa. One topic the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) covered was long-term funding for regional transportation projects.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, chair of TBARTA’s funding and finance committee, suggested two ways to fund TBARTA long-term: One is through part of a surcharge on rental cars that now goes to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); another is through an increase in sales tax. Hibbard said T...

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Forum held on TBARTA master plan listen

08/06/08 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) held an open forum in Tampa to solicit citizen’s input on development of a rapid transit master plan to be completed by the end of 2008.

TBARTA was created as a state agency in July 2007. It’s charter is to plan, construct and operate rapid transit in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. TBARTA aims to improve mobility and expand multimodal transportation throughout the regio...

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TBARTA hosted by Hillsborough County listen

06/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) board members have been visiting each of the seven counties in the region to learn about local growth, financial, and transportation concerns. This morning they were in Hillsborough County to meet with city and county leaders at the County Center in downtown Tampa.

Last week, some members of TBARTA traveled to the cities of Charlotte, Dallas and Denver to see how those communities have created their successful mass transit systems. ...

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Businesses who reduce pollution lauded listen

05/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is an air-quality initiative geared toward reducing vehicle exhaust and traffic congestion. Today at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa’s Westshore district, CAP held a lunchtime ceremony to honor organizations committed to reducing the air pollution generated by transportation.

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County is one of the two groups that formed CAP in 2002, and Rick Garrity is their executive director. The other...

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TBARTA board meeting listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, or TBARTA, held their monthly board meeting this morning in Tampa. They heard presentations about how changing demographics will change transit needs in the future and saw results of a survey of residents in the seven counties in the region.

John Fregonese is a planning consultant based in Portland Oregon who briefed the TBARTA board on how the region’s future transit needs could be affected by a population that is getting older and has smal...

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Economic Development Conference held in Tampa listen

05/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Economic Development Conference is taking place in Tampa this week. The focus of this gathering of business leaders is “Driving Transformation: Innovations fueling economic development.”

The conference, sponsored by the Florida Economic Development Council, featured a lunchtime panel Monday with current and former Florida lawmakers discussing the legislative session that ended this month. There was optimism about the state’s economy from Sen. Mike Fasano, despite the fac...

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Will Crist OK $2M TBARTA budget? listen

05/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This session the Florida Legislature provided the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) $2 million. But Gov. Charlie Crist could still veto that funding, like he did to the $1 million in startup funds the Legislature attempted to give TBARTA last year.

Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan serves as the vice chair of the TBARTA Board. Duncan said TBARTA needs the one-time funding from the Legislature to secure private and government transit money and to finally hir...

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council meets listen

04/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council met today in Pinellas Park to discuss regional transit and what future development might look like in the Tampa Bay Area.

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s mission is to provide “a forum to foster communication, coordination and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally” among the 43 jurisdictions in Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Deborah Kynes is a Dunedin City Commissioner and th...

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