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Preliminary HART budget would raise ad valorem, cut routes listen

06/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Falling revenue may mean more cuts for Hillsborough County bus services. Today the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Directors approved a preliminary budget that would ax fifteen stops, and drastically reduce service in some areas. Philip Hale, the agency’s interim CEO, said drawing on reserves has prevented such cuts in the past, but that’s not an option anymore.

"For the last three years we have been, in essence, balancing the budget, adding additional servic...

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TBARTA gets funding cut by Governor Scott - and Tampa state Representative Janet Cruz talks about what it's like being a Democrat in Tallahassee

05/26/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Ronnie Duncan from TBARTA begins the show commenting on the reduction of funding from the state for the local transportation agency.

Also, Tampa House Democrat Janet Cruz discusses the just concluded Florida Legislative session, a brutal one for Democrats like herself.

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Tampa's Mayor participates in National Ride Your Bike to Work Day listen

05/19/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today is National Ride Your Bike to Work Day, and May is National Bike Month. To honor the date people held events across Tampa to raise awareness of bicyclists.

Today, Tampa City council commended Alan Snel, the director of the Southwest Florida bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), for advocating bicycle safety and bicycling as a means of transportation.

“We have a lot of partners and people are moving bicycling up in Tampa from many different directions so it’s not just me but I rea...

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TBARTA: public transit faces cuts in funding, spike in demand listen

05/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Public transit is clearly a tough sell in Florida these days, though skyrocketing gas prices are making the case for alternative transportation. Facing increases in demand and decreases in funding, transit officials may have to do more with less.

The state legislature created Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, known commonly as TBARTA, in 2007, when times were different. Facing cuts in state funding, executive director Bob Clifford said the organiza...

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PSTA approves rate hike for bus system for people with disabilities listen

03/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Disabled bus riders who rely on Pinellas County’s on-demand bus system to get around will have to make a little more room in their budgets if they want to keep riding. The county’s transit board raised the system’s fares by 50 cents in what they’re calling a stop-gap measure to help deal with massive revenue shortfalls.

Pinellas Park activist Marshall Cook said he uses Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Demand Response Transportation, or [DART](http://p...

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Hillsborough residents support trains and universal health care listen

03/10/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite a failed transportation referendum last year, Hillsborough County voters support both high-speed rail and light rail. That’s according to a poll released today by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Hillsborough residents likely to vote in next year’s election also support universal health care and a countywide Mayor, but are split on support for a presidential candidate. Bob Rohrlack is the Chamber’s president and CEO...

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Florida Supreme Court rules with Gov Scott on rail, but could "Hail Mary" exist? listen

03/04/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Scott said he is “gratified that the court provided a clear and unanimous decision.” Scott said he “spoke with US DOT Secretary LaHood this morning and informed him that Florida … will not move forward with any federal high speed rail plan."

Senator Bill Nelson says he’s disappointed in the governor’s decision

"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has thrown out the Florida legislator's attempt to stay the hand of the governor of returning $2.4 billion of federa...

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Representative Rick Kriseman talks about his recall bill and Scott's snub of rail money listen

02/18/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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Today on the Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman on a bill he filed last week (HJR785) that would put the power to recall state officials, including the Governor, in the hands of the people. We also asked him to weigh in on Governor Scott's rejection of almost two and a half billion dollars in federal funds for high speed rail.

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Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen

02/16/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.

Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isn’t in the financial position to refuse federal money.

The Democrat says Scott’s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.

Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.

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Federal Transit Administrator applauds opening of streetcar extension into downtown Tampa listen

01/31/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For years, Tampa’s streetcar has linked Ybor City with tourist destinations in the Channel District nearly two-and-a-half miles away, but has stopped short of connecting with downtown. But as of last month, that changed. An extension by one-third of a mile into downtown Tampa cost $5.3 million. It was funded mainly with federal money, including about $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Peter Rogoff, the Federal Transit Administrator with the U.S. Department o...

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