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Rick Scott signs death warrant for Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Among the bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday is HB 647, which eliminates of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission by December 31 of this year. The agency, originally created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in the 1970’s and the only one of its kind in the state, has been shrouded in controversy for years. It’s last executive director,  Kyle Cockream, remains under investigation for his handling of public records. The PTC had been criticized for years by local lawmakers,…

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Kevin Jackson takes over the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission

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Six weeks into 2017, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission finally has a new executive director to succeed the controversial Kyle Cockream. It’s Kevin Jackson, who is expected to remain with the troubled agency as it transitions into obsolescence at the end of the year. Jackson’s contract is only good for the end of the year. Legislation pending in Tallahassee would dissolve the PTC, and there is already work being done to transition the infrastructure of the PTC onto the Hillsborough…

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At long last, Jamie Grant files bill to kill Hillsborough PTC

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Tampa GOP state Representative Jamie Grant has filed a bill (HB 647) that would eliminate the controversial Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. “With new information being made public every day, it becomes increasingly clear that this agency needs to be abolished,” Grant said in a statement. “Everything that has come to light has confirmed what we knew all along; that this agency no longer serves a useful purpose and the residents of Hillsborough County deserve better.” That ‘new information’ Grant is referring…

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Hillsborough County PTC seeks law firm to investigate former executive director

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation has issued a request for proposal to hire a law firm to conduct an investigation into former executive director Kyle Cockream’s performance as the head of the agency. The board originally voted to do so last October, following a series of media reports that showed he had used off-duty taxicab drivers in PTC ridesharing stings and made unauthorized trips to speak to the Palm Beach County Commission with officials of the cab and limo industry, among other revelations. The move was led by then…

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As 2016 closes, Hillsborough’s transportation problems still mostly unsolved

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Another year of our lives is about to become history, and that means another year where little tangible was accomplished in terms of addressing the transportation needs of the citizenry in Hillsborough County. But a whole lot of people did get angry with each other over the process, anyway. At this time a year ago, the biggest concern was: What would come out of the Hillsborough County Sheriff Department’s investigation into Go Hillsborough, the two-years-in-the-making transportation plan that called for a 30-year,…

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Kyle Cockream to step down from Hillsborough PTC at the end of the year

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A change in government in Washington has been preceded by a changing of the guard at one of the Tampa Bay area’s most troubled government agencies, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. On the same day the PTC finally approved rules legalizing ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate in the county, the agency lost its chairman and soon, its executive director. Kyle Cockream announced Wednesday he will depart from the agency at the end of December. His tenure has become…

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Tim Schock says he is “appalled” that Pat Kemp received contributions from taxi industry

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In the last fundraising report before Election Day, Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidate Pat Kemp lists two $1,000 contributions from the taxicab industry: $1,000 from Yellow Cab Company of Tampa, and $1,000 from Gulf Coast Transportation. Her GOP opponent, Tim Schock, has a problem with that. “I’m appalled at what I just read,” Schock says in a video posted Saturday night, referring to looking over Kemp’s latest financial filing. “In doing so, she has shown her disdain for future  transportation…

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