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FDOT’s David Gwynn making a good first impression with TBX critics

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Citizen-activists in Seminole Heights were pleased (but still skeptical) when then-Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold told a state legislative committee last December that it was time to hit the “reset” button on the ever-controversial Tampa Bay Express Project.

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Tampa citizens not done expressing themselves to Hillsborough MPO on TBX project

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Last month, hundreds of concerned Tampa residents pleaded for the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to reject the Florida Department of Transportation’s plans to expand I-275 by adding toll lanes that would cut through part of the city. Despite their pleas, only one MPO member (Guido Maniscalco) sided with the public. The multi-billion plan would add tolled express lanes from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue. The lanes would give extra capacity for cars whose drivers were willing to pay a…

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Showdown on Tuesday at the Hillsborough County MPO

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This Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization will  meet with a lot on the line. The MPO board will hold a public hearing on its priorities with the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes the Tampa Bay Express (TBX), the controversial proposal by the Florida Department of Transportation that would install toll lanes on I-275 in the Tampa Bay area. Because of public interest, the MPO recently announced that it will move the meeting from the 26th floor of…

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