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Hillsborough Commissioners approve Go Hillsborough project list

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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the list of projects to be built in the unincorporated areas of the county in the Go Hillsborough plan. The BOCC will vote next week on whether to put the half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Commissioner Sandy Murman was the most vigilant board member to question county officials about specific projects on the list, though she did acknowledge her pleasure in that half of the money, and a third of those projects…

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FAST Act means more $ for buses for Florida transit agencies

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(UPDATED) Last week President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or FAST Act, a $305 billion transportation bill that will provide the state of Florida with $890 million more than it would have gotten under current funding formulas — and about $12 billion overall. “What will be most relevant for us in this bill is it will give us the ability to replace our buses more frequently,” said Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) CEO Katharine Eagan on Monday. She said…

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HART committee approves contract for Yellow Cab to provide same-day service for paratransit riders

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A subcommittee with the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority (HART) has approved a contract with Yellow Cab Company of Tampa to provide same-day rides for riders who use their paratransit HARTPlus program that service those with disabilities. Currently, those riders must call a day in advance for such service. Greg Brackin, director of Operations and Support and ADA officer, informed HART’s Finance, Governance, and Administration Committee on Monday that the such riders will continue to pay the $4 fee they currently are charged, but…

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HART board member questions agency’s advertising with 83 Degrees

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Last week, The Tampa Tribune’s Chris O’Donnell reported on how six public agencies in the Tampa Bay area have contracted to pay out more than $200,000 to online magazine 83 Degrees for news and feature stories. The story concentrated on how such sponsored content can be considered problematic if the publisher does not explicitly reveal that such stories are being paid for by a certain entity. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) spent $8,000 this year on those stories, and board…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.19.15 — Fun with Donald Trump’s immigration plans

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All summer, we’ve heard blowhards like Joe Scarborough inform the supposedly stuffy talking heads that they just don’t get it about the phenomenon that is Donald Trump. He likes to remind viewers that his brother, an alleged sophisticated Republican voter, really loves the Donald, and thus that explains why roughly 25 percent of Republican voters say they like him too in most polls. And he says that the message is a potent one. Yes, perhaps to as much as a…

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HART CEO Katharine Eagan nominated for White House ‘Champion of Change’ program

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Katharine Eagan, the CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit agency (HART), has been nominated for the White House “Champion of Change” program in the category focused on “Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation.” Eagan announced the nomination at the conclusion of HART’s Finance, Governance and Legislative Committee meeting on Monday. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website, those individuals who will be chosen “have provided exemplary leadership in advancing transportation and leading change that benefits our nation’s transportation system for decades to come at the…

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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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