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Tampa Bay Sierra Club supports ferry despite concerns about terminal in preserve listen

09/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Ferry, high-speed ferry, Tampa Bay, Tampa, Hillsborough County, transit, Transportation, MacDill Air Force Base

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Hillsborough County may consider a high-speed ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base with communities in the south county where many workers live.

Last month one environmental group, Audubon Florida, criticized the plan because a terminal is proposed for reclaimed wetlands in the Schultz Preserve.

But now, the chair of another group, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club's Kent Bailey, tells WMNF they support the proposed ferry across Tampa Bay.

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Voters could see new Hillsborough transit tax proposal in 2016 listen

07/29/14 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Policy Leadership Group, transit, Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Transportation, rail

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A transit policy group wants Hillsborough County residents to be able to vote again on a tax for transportation improvements as soon as 2016.

Tuesday the Policy Leadership Group announced its proposal to connect USF, downtown Tampa, Westshore and Brandon. It wants to aid commuters with bus rapid transit and circulator systems, widening and repaving roads, improving intersections and eventually implementing a rail system. County Administrator Mike Merrill is part of the team that spent ove...

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Despite new maps, still no plans for Tampa light rail listen

07/21/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: HART, Transportation, light rail, Tampa Downtown Partnership, TDP, FDOT

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A new draft for a possible light rail system running from the USF area to Downtown Tampa and toward Westshore did not go far Monday morning. Based on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board meeting, rail supporters shouldn’t hold their breath.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership requested the study and a certified planner, Rich Clarendon of Metropolitan Planning Organization, said the route will cost less than a billion dollars— much lower than what bigger cities like Charlotte or Port...

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Transportation talks in Hillsborough not appeasing pro-transit activists listen

06/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Transportation, transit, Hillsborough County, The Sierra Club, buses, Sandra Murman, Phil Compton

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Groups who want more transit options in Hillsborough County like improved bus routes and rail say there’s too much emphasis on roads. They’re pushing back against a plan that will be presented next week.

“We’re concerned that the policy leadership group spent 6 separate meetings talking about road projects, 5 separate occasions about governance, but now plans to talk about transit just one time before approving a plan for review and we’re afraid such a plan will be D.O.A.”

That’s Phil ...

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Pedestrian crossing signal could save lives on deadly Florida roads listen

06/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: pedestrian, walking, Cycling, traffic, Transportation, Florida Tax Watch

A new Florida Department of Transportation crosswalk signal is saving lives and taxpayer dollars. During a celebration in Tampa Friday Florida Tax Watch awarded the team that made it.

The Tampa Bay region ranks the second most fatal area in the country for pedestrians.

“We’re one of the leading states. It’s a number one that we don’t want. It averages about 500 pedestrian deaths a year.”

That’s Mark Wilson, traffic operations engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. Ma...

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Dueling Pinellas groups argue transit sales tax in the rain listen

05/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, transit, buses, bus rapid transit, Transportation, Pinellas County, No Tax for Tracks

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The duel between pro-transit and anti-rail groups in Pinellas County is heating up ahead of November’s referendum. At issue, whether or not to hike sales tax by a penny to fund transit improvements including a cross-county passenger rail line. In demonstrations at the intersection of Bryan Dairy and Belcher Road Tuesday evening Groups were evenly split at about a dozen apiece. Shannon Evans carried a Greenlight Pinellas sign while holding her nine-month old son.

“It’s the only way to get ...

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New study ranks Tampa Bay second worst in nation for pedestrian deaths listen

05/20/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: pedestrian safety, roads, transit, Transportation, Complete Streets, Dangerous by Design, Cycling

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A 70-year old retired police officer was killed Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle in Clearwater Tuesday morning. Doug Carey was working as a crossing guard at the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. Two toddlers who were passengers in a car that ran a red light were also injured.

A new pedestrian safety study lists the Tampa Bay area as the second most dangerous place to walk in the country. The [National Complete Streets Coalition](http://www.smartgrowthamerica....

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Pedestrian accident in Tampa revives safety debate listen

05/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: pedestrian, Cycling, Lisa Montelione, transit, Transportation, roads, road safety

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A 12-year old boy was struck by a car while crossing Busch Boulevard Monday morning. According to Tampa Police, the Van Buren Middle School student wasn’t badly injured, but the accident again raises the issue of what to do about the growing incidents of pedestrian accidents in Tampa. City Council member Lisa Montelione has been a passionate proponent for changes to Busch Boulevard and other busy thoroughfares that would reduce pedestrian and cycling-related crashes.

“Changing the medians...

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Hillsborough County Schools one step closer to 100 new buses listen

05/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, buses, Transportation, April Griffin, Stacy White, Cindy Stuart

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Hillsborough County School Board members will vote on a proposal to buy 100 new school buses at their next meeting in June. During a workshop Wednesday, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said most of the more than $10 million cost will come from funding already set aside in this year’s budget for buses.

“That funding is still available and we have identified in our next five year plan which begins in July – we’ve identified the cost there. So, we have the money to purchase 100 buses.”

$7 m...

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Hillsborough County schools need 349 buses listen

05/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, Transportation, school buses, April Griffin

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Hillsborough County Public Schools have a shortage of dependable buses – 349 to be exact. During a nearly two hour workshop Wednesday, school board members and the Superintendent shook their heads at the scathing report from school bus consultant Tom Platt.

“Since 2006 you have bought a grand total of 32 buses. This is the outcome. This is the result of what you see and what you see is a very aging fleet with an average age of 12 years. This is a problem and it’s having a dramatic impact ...

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