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Planners look to transform Tampa's East Hillsborough Avenue corridor listen

05/15/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday


Regional planners are looking at ways to revamp an important urban corridor along Hillsborough Avenue in East Tampa. Tuesday at the Cyrus Green Recreational Center some 20 people gathered to listen to a progress report and offer their suggestions.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, commissioned a study on traffic congestion and safety. It identified the East Hillsborough Avenue corridor as an area with motorized and non-motorized...

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MPO adopts green amendment to 25-year transit plan listen

08/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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If you’re stuck in traffic right now, you may be thinking Tampa Bay is in quite a pickle when it comes to getting people where they need to go. A smooth commute may seem a long way off, but the gears are turning in some halls of government. Today the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, updated its 25-year countywide transit plan. They debated a couple of new projects, and the greener of the two made it in.

Hillsborough County Commissioner and MPO board member ...

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Tampa City Council rejects study on high-speed rail to airport listen

07/29/10 Seán Kinane & Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council voted down a resolution calling on the state to study a high-speed rail link between downtown and Tampa International Airport. The vote was 3-4 to defeat the resolution Council had requested two weeks ago.

John Wheat, interim director of Tampa International Airport’s board, told Council that a light rail link makes more sense at the airport.

"Since 2003, we've prepared a couple of studies. Our most recent one was done in 2007, which provided for a light rail corri...


County passes 25 year transportation plan for 2035. listen

12/10/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After several years of planning, the Hillborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a $12 billion long-range transportation plan yesterday. The 25-year plan includes highway, transit, and pedestrian improvements county-wide, and passed unanimously. Some South Hillsborough residents are concerned that they didn’t get equal attention for their transportation needs.

With concerns about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and pedestrian deaths in Tamp...

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Stimulus funding wish list: More buses and an I-4 connector listen

02/16/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama is expected to sign the $789 billion economic stimulus bill tomorrow. This morning two Hillsborough agencies, the county’s MPO and HART, deliberated how they plan to use the federal funds for badly needed transportation projects.

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO, voted unanimously to place the Interstate 4 connector at the top of their priority list. The freeway between the Selmon Expressway and I-4 ...

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