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Greenlight Pinellas supporters take pro-transit message to commuters stuck on Tampa Bay bridges listen

10/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Yes on Greenlight, transit, Pinellas County, Transportation, light rail, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Howard Frankland Bridge, Tampa Bay Partnership

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In a push to influence voters during the last few days before the election, Yes on Greenlight is flying a banner from a sailboat near heavily trafficked bridges across Tampa Bay.

The group is encouraging voters to support the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative to fund transit by increasing sales tax by a penny and eliminating the transportation portion of the property tax.

Friday morning they sailed near the Howard Frankland Bridge.

On the Tampa end of the bridge, several peopl...

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Radioactivity features a debate over transportation in Pinellas County listen

10/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas voters, Transportation, Kyle Parks, John Burgess

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Today on Radioactivity, we hear from both sides in the Greenlight Pinellas debate. Pinellas voters are being asked in this election which culminates next Tuesday to decide whether to raise the sales tax by one cent in order to pay for public transportation improvements- including a light rail line.

First, Rob speaks to two Tampa Bay Times reporters who have been covering transportation issues. Tony Marrero did a story this past weekend profiling people in Pinellas who rely on mass transit....

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Poll suggests Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum could lose big listen

10/27/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, elections, ballot initiatives, transit, Transportation

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Greenlight Pinellas could be heading toward a blowout defeat; a new poll released late Friday by St. Pete Polls finds that Pinellas County voters reject the proposed sales tax increase for transit by a twelve point margin.

WMNF News interviewed Matt Florell, president of St. Pete Polls.

Their current poll shows the Greenlight Pinellas referendum being opposed by 54% of likely voters.

Tuesday we'll hear t...

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Greenlight Pinellas transit proposal gains supporters listen

10/02/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Yes to Greenlight, St. Petersburg, kathy castor, transit, psta, Greenlight Pinellas, Transportation

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A transit plan for Pinellas County is gaining momentum. On Thursday, Congress member Kathy Castor endorsed the Yes to Greenlight initiative during a media conference in Midtown St. Petersburg.

“Oftentimes, the buses don’t run on a regular schedule,” said the representative for Florida’s 14th district. “Many people don’t have a couple of cars to fight the traffic… We need better transit options.”

Organizers of the campaign said the transit proposa...

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Emerge Tampa Bay hosts "Tomorrow's Tampa" summit on downtown and transportation listen

10/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Transportation, Emerge Tampa Bay, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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What will downtown Tampa look like in several years? What about transportation in the region? These are two of the questions young professionals will try to answer during a summit Thursday evening. WMNF interviewed Brian Seel, chair of Emerge Tampa Bay, which is hosting the “Tomorrow’s Tampa” summit.

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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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