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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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High school students learn about pedestrian safety; Postponed bill in Congress shuts out bicyclists, pedestrians listen

02/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In October, a Middleton High School Student was hit and killed by a car while crossing Hillsborough Avenue on her way to school. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates that there are 375 people killed in car accidents annually in the Tampa area. But a transportation bill in the U.S. House would fund fewer projects that would make it safer to walk or ride a bike.

As he attempted to lead a group of te...

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TBARTA says their school carpool program saves parents commuting time and money listen

02/07/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is looking to expand their school car-pooling program to more schools in other counties. TBARTA’s program currently has 1,200 parents registered.

The School Pool program allows parents to form carpools so commuters share the responsibility of driving students to school. Amy Ellis, Director of Communications for TBARTA says the program matches parents and their kids with other families for carpooling by using their computerized ridesharing...

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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster supports light rail connection to other cities including Tampa listen

01/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster champions his city’s transportation accomplishments. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Wednesday afternoon he said he fully supports implementing light rail to connect to other cities in the region.

Tiger Bay meetings boast the ability of members to carve a politician up for lunch. St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster found himself on that platter answering questions he said he didn’t want to answer. B...

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