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Joe Lopano says Tampa Bay Express is a start to improve transportation in Tampa Bay

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If you were to go purely by the public opinion that was expressed at the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization‘s meeting last month, the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project is a political loser, at least among members of the Seminole Heights/Tampa Heights communities. The multibillion-dollar proposal, backed by the Florida Department of Transportation, would add toll lanes along Interstate 275 from north St. Petersburg to south of Bearss Avenue in Hillsborough County. Neighborhood activists say the highway construction alone will destroy local businesses and send money…

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Go Hillsborough transportation plan begins second wave of meetings

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There are lots of cultural differences between Tampa and the larger outlying areas that encompass Hillsborough County. One of those fissures until recently was gay rights. Whereas the city itself had a robust LGBT community and representatives who treated that community with respect, the County Commission voted on policies that discriminated against gays, until they reversed some of those votes in the past two years. Another issue where the county and city residents diverge in their interests is on transportation. And…

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Next phase of Go Hillsborough public outreach campaign begins tonight

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Despite the mixed reaction that the proposed half-cent transportation tax has received so far in Hillsborough County, local officials insist that the final plan isn’t completely baked in the cake yet, and say there is plenty of time for members of the public to weigh in on the proposal. Along with the fact that the plan is heavy on building new roads and resurfacing and lighter on transit, there’s also been criticism that the half-cent tax will obviously bring in fewer…

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Sierra Club says BOCC needs to change things now before it will support transportation tax

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Pat Kemp, the program chair of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, says it’s not so much that the organization is completely against the proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could come before Hillsborough County voters next year (as SPB first reported on Wednesday night). It’s just that the group wants to see the county commit to other issues dealing with development and transportation that don’t require taxpayer approval before coming out and fully backing the measure. That includes raising development fees, changing a…

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Bob Buckhorn takes his act to Tally

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Bob Buckhorn travels to Tallahassee tomorrow in what is being seen as his first overt move to broaden his statewide appeal in advance of 2018, when he’ll likely take a run at the Democratic nomination for governor. The Tampa mayor will address the Tallahassee Tiger Bay Club on Friday, as well as tape an appearance on the local public affairs program, The Usual Suspects. The visit comes just a few months after Buckhorn breezed through a re-election “campaign,” complete with receiving a walloping…

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Hillsborough County PLG officials offer a wary perspective on proposed transit tax

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In the eight days since Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill and the members of the private transportation consulting group Parsons Brinckerhoff unveiled a proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could be on the 2016 ballot, it has been met with decidedly mixed opinion. That’s because the measure as proposed would go largely toward road and bridge maintenance, new roads and intersection improvements. Just 36 percent is proposed for transit. Nowhere has that disappointment been more clearly articulated than Friday on the front page of the…

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Hillsborough County transit agency has $50 million in needs from Tallahassee this session

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Last week the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that HART is seeking more than $50 million from the Florida Legislature this year, an amount that apparently surprised some members of the Hillsborough County transit agency. “I don’t remember $50 million,” board member Bryan Crino confessed at the agency’s monthly board meeting on Monday. That’s because most of the discussion at the board in recent months has been regarding a $7 million request for a down payment on the creation of a farebox system…

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