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PSTA begins trolley routes from downtown St. Pete to southern Pinellas beaches listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Direct trolley routes connecting downtown St. Petersburg to south Pinellas beaches along Central Avenue began yesterday. Routes are now available from the Pier all the way to Pass-a-Grille beach for a two-dollar fare.

Before the opening of these routes, residents and tourists wanting to use public transportation to get from the Bay to the beach had to make several transfers. Now, they can hop on a trolley at any of seven stops and stay on that same bus until they reach their destination....

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HART passes $100 million budget for FY2012 listen

09/27/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART, approved a 100 million dollar budget for the next fiscal year. Members of the transit union gave up on demands for a wage increase, as well as a separate step increase. The Board also voted unanimously to raise the millage rate slightly to half a mil.

The HART Board of Directors has been torn between maintai...

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HART proposes reducing budget, yet increasing tax rate listen

08/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority plans to increase the millage rate on a typical property owner by about 41 cents per year. That’s even though HART’s overall proposed budget is being reduced by 3.2 percent. Director of planning Mary Shavalier said a decrease in revenue from property taxes is making matters more difficult.

And Shavalier said HART may partner with other organizations to compensate for any additional service needs around the coun...

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HART approves millage rate ceiling hike listen

08/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, the Board of Hillsborough’s transit agency, HART, raised the maximum amount it can assess homeowners for the county’s bus and other transportation services. During the two hour meeting the board also addressed collective bargaining and changes to In-Town-Trolley routes.

Meeting rising costs without asking tax payers to pony up is becoming more and more difficult in a struggling economy and issues concerning transportation are no exception. In their first meeting since Ju...

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PSTA is cutting some transportation services listen

07/28/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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According to New York Public Transit Association, public transportation saves Americans the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. But Tampa Bay might be missing out on some of those efficiencies because due to budget cuts, transit agencies are cutting bus services and next year, more citizens may be forced to carpool or drive.

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) community relations manager Bob Lasher says because of declining property taxes or ad valorem revenues, ...

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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: 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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Tampa Bay Transit Call-In

03/21/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our guests were Managers of Community Relations for two of our area’s largest counties’ transportation providers. Bob Lasher joined us from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Donna Chen from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Also we were happy to have Sandi Moody, with Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). Sandi was formally with Bay Area Commuter Services, which has merged with TBARTA, So we still have an agency in our area that ...

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Tampa Bay economic scorecard delivers mixed results listen

03/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A study gauging Tampa Bay’s economy is showing a couple of small gains for the region. When compared to other cities, Tampa Bay isn’t remotely out of the woods.

Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Partnership released results of its semi-annual regional economic scorecard. The prognosis is slightly improved, but far less than ideal. The study rated Tampa, Jacksonville, and four other cities in the southeast on factors like jobs ...

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