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Pinellas transit officials stick to plans for merger study after HART flip-flops listen

01/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) board is sticking to its guns about a recommendation to the Florida legislature that would further study the benefits of combining their agency with Hillsborough’s. Both boards had decided to ask the state to pay for a second merger study, but last week, leaders of the Hillsborough transit authority rescinded that request. PSTA CEO Brad Miller agreed with a board decision during a special meeting Monday to meet with HART once more before ...

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Breaking down the potential for a future mass transit system in Hillsborough County

01/03/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Ray Chiaramonte from the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Tampa attorney Brian Willis with the group Connect Tampa Bay talk about the very real prospects for a a mass-transit system in the Tampa Bay area, specifically in Hillsborough County.

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Tampa Bay area residents are becoming more transit-friendly listen

12/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A Tampa Bay Times poll released today shows that a majority of Tampa Bay residents would be OK with spending tax dollars on light rail in the region.

Fifty-six percent of Hillsborough County residents polled said they would support using public funding for mass transit like light or commuter rail. In Pinellas County 60% said they’d be on board.

The poll comes after voters in Hillsborough rejected a transit-tax referendum that could have included light rail. Now planners in Pinellas ...

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Tampa International Airport plans to shift car rental location to free up terminal space listen

12/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa International Airport officials are making plans for future growth and some of the changes could happen pretty soon. The airport’s CEO told Tampa City Council members this morning that rental car facilities will likely be moved in order to free up parking spaces and cut down on road congestion around the main terminal.

The new rental car facility would be built near the post office and economy parking lots on the south side of the airport property. Tampa airport’s CEO [Joe Lopa...

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Pinellas and Hillsborough want to further study transit merger listen

12/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Officials for transit authorities in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are considering merging the two systems to save money. Both PSTA and HART boards plan to ask the Florida legislature to fund a detailed study of the savings that would result from combining staff resources.

PSTA and HART already split the cost of a preliminary state-mandated coordination study. The boards will vote on a final list of recommendations and funding requests based on the results at their meeting next month....

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to get $2.6 million for 4 hybrid buses

12/03/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the DOT has awarded Pinellas County’s transit system $2.6 million to purchase four hybrid electric buses. PSTA will receive the funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

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HART buses will be mobile tributes to Rosa Parks listen

11/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is installing small brass plaques commemorating Rosa Parks in all of their buses. Transit officials showed them off today at the Yukon transfer center in Tampa's Sulphur Springs neighborhood. The move comes more than fifty years after the civil rights activist was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks just stayed put when a bus driver asked her to move. In an interview...

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The F-word: Dems pry two seats from anti-fluoride Pinellas Commissioners listen

11/07/12 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the economy was a major factor driving voters to the polls yesterday, a pair of local races may have been decided along simpler lines. The Pinellas County Commission picked up two new Democrats who challenged their Republican opponents’ stance on fluoride in drinking water.

Not long after the polls closed Tuesday, Pinellas Commissioners Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock, both Republican incumbents, threw in the towel. The latter was down by five points; the former by nearly eleven....

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Elected officials look for ways to improve Tampa Bay transit listen

09/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Elected officials from across the region are learning how to improve transit. The group Transportation for America is hosting a summit today at the Val Pak headquarters in St. Petersburg that features experts on the topic as well as planners from cities with model transit systems. St. Pete City Council’s Jeff Danner said funding infrastructure is a major hurdle for the area.

“The thing with transportation is, regardless of what mode it is it’s very expensive and funding’s always...

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Pinellas transit officials want to brand improvements before asking residents to pay for them listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County is slowly moving forward with plans to ask voters to pay for a major transit overhaul. A study released this year lays the groundwork for both light rail and increased bus service to support it. At a transit meeting yesterday, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller said the ideas need to be discussed with possible riders.

“To help us digest all of these plans that are going on whether they’re long term or ...

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