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Pinellas transit officials want to brand improvements before asking residents to pay for them listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County is slowly moving forward with plans to ask voters to pay for a major transit overhaul. A study released this year lays the groundwork for both light rail and increased bus service to support it. At a transit meeting yesterday, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller said the ideas need to be discussed with possible riders.

“To help us digest all of these plans that are going on whether they’re long term or ...

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Electric bikes

09/03/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Today on the Sustainable Living program our special guest is the creator of the Electric Chronicles -- that’s all about electric power on two wheels: bikes, scooters, motorcycles, stock, modifications, conversions, etc., Ted Dillard. Ted has also written several articles for Home Power Magazine on bike and motorcycle conversions to electric power. We started talking about what’s available today in stock bikes and the improvements to electric propulsion. Ted seems to feel that the hub ele...

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Group wants a switch to compressed natural gas to help clean up Tampa Bay air listen

08/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A trio of public and private groups in the Tampa Bay area is joining forces to reduce dependence on petroleum. The University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy committed funding to the Clean Cities Coalition this morning at USF’s Patel Center for Global Sustainability. USF president Judy Genshaft said transportation accounts for more than 71% of the nation’s petroleum consumption.

“Vehicles are major sources of greenh...

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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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Light rail advocates join forces to combat opposition in Pinellas listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Environmentalists and progressive activists are joining forces to let transit officials in Pinellas County know they want expanded mass transit. About 80 of them packed a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) board meeting in Pinellas County Monday to make sure their presence was felt as heavily as rail opponents whose slogan is "no tax for tracks." Organizer of the event, Tim Martin represents the group Awake Pinellas. As multi-modal transportation supporters showed up, Martin made s...

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Old study could have new results for Pinellas transit listen

05/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Officials from across the Tampa Bay area are pushing a long-term plan that links transit to population density. Results from a study discussed this morning at a meeting in Pinellas Park shows some challenges for officials in Pinellas County who want to expand transit options. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Avera Wynne said to make that and the spending that comes with it a reality regions need to increase their population density.

“Conventional wisdom is that you need certain...

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Tampa Bay Partnership group gives state legislators some economic development advice listen

05/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During a meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum today, State legislators representing the region were given a list of issues members of the Tampa Bay Partnership thought should be made priorities. With Pinellas County considering a sales tax referendum for transit improvements, one group of business professionals told the 26 elected officials to ignore the “No Tax for Tracks” campaigns. Barry Alpert, managing investment director for Raymond James, said 40 years ago he could tell potential p...

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Bicycling advocate is pleased with legislative progress on pedestrian and cyclist safety listen

04/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This year the Florida Legislature passed several bills that could improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Advocates hope the new policies will help to reduce the number of fatalities.

Tim Bustos, Executive Director of the Florida Bicycle Association says Florida has a tragic record of pedestrian and cycling fatalities. His group takes an active role in improving safety.

“Florida has not faired well for bicycle and pedestrian safety over the last several years. There was actuall...

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New type of traffic signal in Hillsborough County: the flashing yellow arrow listen

03/02/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County has a new type of traffic signal: a flashing yellow arrow. Drivers traveling on Fowler Avenue near Thonotosassa may encounter the new type of light at the Jefferson Road intersection.

The flashing yellow arrow directs motorists in the left turn lane to turn with caution after first yielding to oncoming traffic. Kris Carson, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson says a national study shows the benefits of the new signal.

“The flashing yellow arrow is 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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