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Street Car gets Whiting extension line listen

10/09/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the Teco Line Street Car System’s Whiting Street Extension had it’s groundbreaking ceremony at the downtown YMCA. The extension will use federal stimulus money and is one measure to bring more public transportation to the Tampa Bay Area.

The 4th grade class from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School Band played at the ceremony. City council members John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena attended, along with all the TECO board members and HART’s engineering staff. TECO’s ...

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HART alternative analysis could depend on sales tax listen

09/10/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is conducting a study of possible transportation routes from USF to downtown, and from downtown to the Westshore business district. This “alternative analysis” could help determine the route of future light rail lines, assuming county residents are willing to pay for them.

A regional transportation network is expected to have its light rail beginnings in Tampa. A USF to downtown line could open by 2018 and another line from downto...

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Iorio addresses Hillsborough MPO on transit plan listen

05/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The question of how to sell a light rail system to Hillsborough County voters next year was discussed at the County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting this morning.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who has been the leading figure in raising the possibility of light rail finally coming to the region, was given the floor.

Iorio referred to the last serious plan for rail in Hillsborough County a decade ago. She said the biggest since her tenure as a County Commission in the 1980s was th...

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HART delays request by developer to pay for new bus site listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the Board of Directors with Hillsborough County’s transit agency, HART, voted to delay until early next month a decision regarding a proposal to allow a private developer to fund a new transit site that needs to be built by the end of next month to receive state funding.

The developer, Atlantic Housing, wants and needs bus service to go to an affordable housing project that would be built on Falkenberg Road right near Progress Village in eastern Hillsborough County.

Today, HA...

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Mark Sharpe defends his work on mass transit listen

02/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A clash of egos broke out at a budget meeting today with Hillsborough County Commissioners regarding a possible referendum next year on funding a mass transit system.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe has been actively involved in discussions with other local agencies over the past couple of years on the issue.

After coming back from a meeting with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, as well as members of HART, the County’s Metropolitian Planning organization and the region’s transit agency, TBARTA, Shar...

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Stimulus funding wish list: More buses and an I-4 connector listen

02/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama is expected to sign the $789 billion economic stimulus bill tomorrow. This morning two Hillsborough agencies, the county’s MPO and HART, deliberated how they plan to use the federal funds for badly needed transportation projects.

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO, voted unanimously to place the Interstate 4 connector at the top of their priority list. The freeway between the Selmon Expressway and I-4 ...

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HART proposes bus rapid transit line listen

01/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Light and commuter rail will be part of a regional transit solution for the Tampa Bay region, but so will expanded bus service, especially bus rapid transit (BRT).

City and county officials and community leaders met at the offices of HART, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority today.

Chad Luedtke is vice president of HDR engineering, a consulting group hired by HART for the BRT project. Leudtke says construction of bus stops along the proposed nort...

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Channelside residents balk over high taxes listen

08/21/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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During the boom of the early part of this decade, new condominiums were built in downtown Tampa and the Channelside District at an rapid rat,e with the promise to new urban dwellers that they would be pioneers in a burgeoning part of the city.

But that’s hardly proven to be the case. The Tampa Tribune reported this morning that five developers have either filed for bankruptcy or walked away from projects in the area.

For those residents who did and still do live in downtown or Chann...

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Tampa streetcar manager ousted listen

08/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern had harsh words today regarding the firing of Tampa’s Streetcar Manager by Hillsborough County’s transit system agency, HART.

Tim Borchers was hired to manage the streetcar line in 2002. His firing was said to be intended to save money and improve service.

Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena also expressed reservations about the firing.

The streetcar has been derided by some as a boondoggle, but HART Executive Director David Armijo says currently 36...

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HART fare increase draws criticism listen

08/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Monday, board members of Hillsborough County’s Transit Agency voted to raise bus fares and gave initial support for a property tax increase to pay for more buses and a long-range transit study.

The 5-4 vote to support a property tax increase didn’t settle well with Hillsborough County Commission Brian Blair today, who said the Commission has provided millions of dollars in financial support to HART already.

But Mark Sharpe, one of three county commissioners who sit on the transi...

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