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Hillsborough County MPO approves TBX project – with accountability measures added

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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Florida Dept. of Transportation’s controversial Tampa Bay Express project on Thursday morning, adding it to its annual Transportation Improvement Plan for the next five years, despite intense passionate opposition. The final vote was 12-4, with Les Miller, Lisa Montelione, Kevin Beckner and Guido Maniscalco dissenting. It came after eight hours of public hearings and discussion, with the meeting concluded at 2:18 a.m. Thursday morning. More than 180 people signed up to speak, though not all…

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Kimberly Overman challenges Les Miller in Hillsborough County District 3 race

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With a little more than two months before the Aug. 30 primary, Seminole Heights small businesswoman and volunteer/activist Kimberly Overman admits that it’s a bit of a “mad dash.” It’s obvious that the Hillsborough County Commission is in desperate need for leadership, Overman added, and thus her entry into the District 3 race against Democratic incumbent Les Miller. “I have no lack of respect for Les Miller,” she said in a phone interview last Thursday. “I’m glad he’s served us as he has. I…

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Federal spokesman says most complaints like recent one against TBX are found not to have merit

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A spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) admits that while most complaints filed with his department regarding transportation projects may have some cause, most of them are not merited, and thus no action is ever taken against them. His comments come a day after it was revealed that federal officials have agreed to conduct a preliminary civil rights investigation of the Tampa Bay Express, the controversial project from the Florida Department of Transportation that would expand what is known as the  Downtown Tampa Interchange…

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New report blasts TBX project as a “boondoggle”

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(Updated with FDOT response below) The Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Express project has been controversial since it was introduced last year. The first phase of “TBX” would add tolled express lanes to I-275 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, as well as to I-4 and I-275, at a cost of an estimated $3.3 billion, It’s been met with immediate and unified opposition by the local neighborhoods which will be impacted by the expansion of the downtown interchange portion of I-275,…

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Les Miller on Tampa Bay Express issue: The votes weren’t there

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Last week, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a $3 billion plan to add express toll lanes to Interstates 275 and 4 and rebuild the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge. The vote was whether to include the proposal, dubbed by the Florida Department of Transportation as the Tampa Bay Express (TBX), in the MPO’s transit improvement plan (TIP). A total of 62 people testified before the board, 54 of them calling on the agency to remove the “TBX out of…

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