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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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HART buses will be mobile tributes to Rosa Parks listen

11/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is installing small brass plaques commemorating Rosa Parks in all of their buses. Transit officials showed them off today at the Yukon transfer center in Tampa's Sulphur Springs neighborhood. The move comes more than fifty years after the civil rights activist was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks just stayed put when a bus driver asked her to move. In an interview...

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The F-word: Dems pry two seats from anti-fluoride Pinellas Commissioners listen

11/07/12 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the economy was a major factor driving voters to the polls yesterday, a pair of local races may have been decided along simpler lines. The Pinellas County Commission picked up two new Democrats who challenged their Republican opponents’ stance on fluoride in drinking water.

Not long after the polls closed Tuesday, Pinellas Commissioners Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock, both Republican incumbents, threw in the towel. The latter was down by five points; the former by nearly eleven....

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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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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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Ground broken on MetroRapid stops along Nebraska Avenue - next year those buses will get traffic light priority listen

08/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County officials broke ground today on what will soon be the county’s version of bus rapid transit. MetroRapid will run along Nebraska Avenue from the USF area to downtown Tampa quicker than other bus lines. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman hopes the route will be a boost for ridership when it is completed next year.

“We are taking a very big step with bus rapid transit to really get it moving forward and really send the message that riding the bus is a rea...

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Tampa will hold three town halls on impacts of RNC on residents and businesses

07/25/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday that he will host three town hall meetings in August on the impacts of the Republican National Convention on residents and businesses.

The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 14 (Florida Aquarium), August 15 (Stetson University College of Law Tampa campus) and August 16 (Kate Jackson Community Center on South Rome Ave.).

The city says there will be representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s ...

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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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