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Proposed private toll road in Pasco County may catch criticism from environmental groups listen

08/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A new private toll road proposal in Pasco County could spark debate among environmentalists. They’re worried the long stretch of highway could lead to natural environments giving way to new development.

A company called International Infrastructure Partners submitted a proposal to lease state owned land for the project. Kris Carson is a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation.

“What they would do is design, construct, operate and maintain a toll facility that would be...

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Hillsborough County officials told that transportation is not a main factor businesses consider when deciding where to relocate listen

08/15/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners want to better understand how transportation can increase economic growth.Elected officials met with local business executives yesterday at the County Center in downtown Tampa. It’s the second in a series of meetings to discuss the future of transportation and economic development.Tampa’s manufacturing executives told elected officials that their employees have not used public transportation to get to work. Ken Jurgensmeyer is the director of engineering and ...

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Transit woes in Hillsborough drive activists into action

08/09/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Today Last Call talks about transit on both sides of the bay. The debate in Hillsborough County has grown heated this week as transit activists are getting increasingly fed up with inaction by county commissioners to provide multi-modal transportation. Kevin Thurman, executive director for the group Connect Tampa Bay joins host Janelle Irwin to discuss the issue.

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Transit activists fed up with lagging Hillsborough County Commissioners pack meeting, but get silenced by technicality listen

08/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Transit activists crowded the back two rows of the Hillsborough County Commission meeting Wednesday morning. About a half dozen of them signed up to tell commissioners during public comment that they were fed up with the lack of action to get the ball rolling on transit improvements. But because of time constraints during the meeting, only one was able to speak, Tampa resident Jason Eames.

“What we’d like to see is – we’ve been talking for a long time about fixing transit in this county,...

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Dump the Pump pushes for transit over cars on both sides of Tampa Bay listen

06/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday is national Dump the Pump day meant to draw attention to ways local governments can get people out of their cars and into multi-modal transit. Transportation agencies on both sides of Tampa Bay were getting the message out. At the Town N’ Country Senior Service Center, Lisa Bacot, the executive director for the Florida Public Transportation Association, touted the benefits of riding the bus to retirees.

“As you age, a lot of people plan for retirement from work, but they don’t pl...

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Dedicated bus lanes combined with tolls could ease Tampa congestion listen

06/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Dedicated bus lanes may be a way to ease traffic congestion in the Tampa Bay area. The lanes would also be available to individual drivers who choose to pay a toll in order to avoid stop and go traffic.

The exact model being studied by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hasn’t been done anywhere else in the country. But so far it looks like a viable way to speed up commutes along busy corridors. Bob Frey is the agency’s planning director.

“It pr...

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Dismal traffic in Tampa Bay has solutions in sight

06/14/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Dedicated bus lanes may be a way to ease traffic congestion in the Tampa Bay area. The lanes would also be available to individual drivers who choose to pay a toll in order to avoid stop and go traffic.

The exact model being studied by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hasn’t been done anywhere else in the country. But so far it looks like a viable way to speed up commutes along busy corridors.The Expressway Authority received a federal grant to conduct a concept study. Dependin...

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Hillsborough's Public Transportation Commission responds to criticism by spending $90,000 on lobbying listen

06/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Responding to criticism that it should just go away, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission will spend as much as $90,000 on a lobbyist to stay afloat. The board’s chair, Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, said people need to learn more about the agency before condemning it.

“This agency, this entity, is under attack. It’s under attack by the media. It’s under attack by legislators. It’s under attack by the community. It’s under attack by people who do not fu...

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HART opens MetroRapid express bus route along Nebraska Avenue to USF Tampa listen

05/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority, or HART, kicked off its first day of Express Bus service Tuesday along the Nebraska Avenue corridor. MetroRapid uses GPS technology for traffic signal priority and limited bus stops to get riders to their destination as much as 15% faster – and uses brand new buses.

“I like it. It smells like a brand new car.”

That’s frequent bus rider Jeff Stevens.

“It’s cleaner, it’s a lot nicer looking, it’s a little bit more [friendly] – espe...

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New MetroRapid bus service will be free beginning Tuesday in Hillsborough listen

05/24/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Tuesday the Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority will begin its MetroRapid north-south bus service.

It runs from downtown Tampa to the university area transit center every 15 minutes along the busy Nebraska Avenue corridor.

From there it continues every 30 minutes to a park-and-ride lot in north Tampa near Fletcher and Interstate-75.

For the first two weeks MetroRapid will be free. Thereafter it will be the same cost as regular fare.

We spoke with Sandra Pinto, ...

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