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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida listen

07/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: All Aboard Florida, rail, passenger rail, high-speed rail, Tampa, Orlando, miami, Rick Scott, Mark Danish

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

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At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection listen

02/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, transit, rail, high-speed rail, Howard Frankland Bridge, USF, Tampa

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Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...

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Rick Scott rode high-speed rail in Japan

11/13/13 Rob Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: high-speed rail, Rick Scott, Japan, Transportation, transit

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WMNF has confirmed that Governor Rick Scott rode three times a high-speed rail system on his recent trip to Japan. Two years ago Governor Scott turned down more than $2 billion in federal money to build a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The link was supposed to help reduce traffic congestion on the heavily used I-4 corridor.

Nancy Blum-Heintz, a spokesperson for Enterprise Florida, tells WMNF that the Japanese high-speed rail system called Shinkansen “was logistically the ...

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Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio discusses her new book STRAIGHTFORWARD

11/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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My guest today is Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa. She was first elected to public office in her 20's as a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. later she served as Hillsborough's Election Supervisor and earlier this year she completed her second term as mayor of Tampa. She's written a new book called STRAIGHTFORWARD: Ways To Live And Lead.

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The Governor gives the go-ahead to commuter rail in Orlando

07/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about Governor Rick Scott’s decision last Friday to okay a commuter rail project in the Orlando area called Sunrail. Just a few months after he killed a $2.7 billion high-speed train linking Tampa and Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said he was giving the go-ahead for Sunrail - a $1.3 billion dollar Orlando-area commuter rail system that will cost state and local taxpayers even more money than high spee...

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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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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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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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Iorio praises city staff, chastises Gov. Scott in final State of the City Address listen

03/09/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio delivered her final State of the City address at the Tampa Convention Center this morning to a room full of supporters. She had glowing things to say about Tampa’s progress over her tenure, but Iorio said there was one missing piece.

Iorio said she had some lofty goals in when she first took office in 2003. The mayor, who leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits, said she accomplished most of them.

"I talked about opening up the river to the peo...

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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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