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HART introducing cutting-edge vehicles to HyperLink connection with Innovation Alliance

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will announce next week a partnership with the Tampa Innovation Alliance to enhance transportation options in the USF area. The plan is to introduce a small fleet of cutting-edge Tesla vehicles into the local market. Since its implementation last year, HART’s HyperLink program has allowed riders to book a ride through a smartphone app to and from bus stops in three designated areas: North Tampa, Brandon, and Carrollwood. It’s designed to solve the “first mile/last mile” issue by…

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Pat Kemp wants public to put pressure on Hillsborough County Commissioners to fund transit now

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Pat Kemp lost her battle this week to redirect approximately half of the $812 million in public funds toward transit and not just roads in the next decade. But Kemp says she will continue to advocate for the county to directly fund transit projects over the course of the next four years. During the debate about the Go Hillsborough half-cent sales tax proposal last year (which a majority of County Commissioners ultimately deemed unworthy of inclusion on the ballot), County Administrator…

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HD 60 Democratic candidate David Singer raises over $47K in first month of fundraising

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Democrat David Singer announced on Thursday that he has raised over $47,000 since declaring his candidacy for the Hillsborough County area House District 60 seat. “I am so proud to have earned the trust and tremendous support from a diverse group of people, including Democrats, Independents and Republicans, young and old, businesses and families,” Singer said in a statement.  “Our inclusive message of investing in education and infrastructure is resonating in our community.  People are responding to the idea that thoughtful leadership…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.27.16 – Time for Hillsborough BOCC to make a decision

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Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously approved increasing what used to be call impact fees but are now dubbed mobility fees. It’s actually a pretty big deal by itself, considering that they hadn’t done so since Ronald Reagan was still president. The fees are designed to have developers pay for the increase in construction to roads needed to handle the increased traffic. Fees for home developers building a house that range between 1,500-2,500 square feet would rise from $1,792 currently to $4,967…

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Tampa land-use attorney David Singer enters the HD 60 race

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Tampa land use attorney David Singer made it official on Tuesday, announcing that he has entered the race for the Hillsborough County based House District 60 open seat that is being vacated by Dana Young. He becomes the first Democrat to declare in the contest. Rebecca Smith and Jackie Toledo are competing for the GOP nomination, as Young is moving on to run in the newly created state Senate District 18 seat. “I’ve been involved in several community issues over the years and I see how…

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Tampa Chamber poll on Go Hillsborough – 54% say it doesn’t go far enough

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As promised, the folks over at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce have released the cross-tabs behind their somewhat mysterious press release last week regarding a recent poll they had conducted for them to gauge the support for Go Hillsborough. That’s the proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could come before county voters this fall. Hillsborough County Commissioners will decide on whether to place the measure on the November ballot by the end of this month. Last week the Chamber provided very…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.30.16 – What happened to the moderate, affable Pat McCrory?

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Back in 2009-2010, the folks behind the Moving Hillsborough Forward brought Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory to Tampa on three different occasions to advise local officials on how to pass the one-cent sales tax referendum for transit on the November 2010 ballot in Hillsborough County. As we all remember, the measure went down to a resounding defeat, but McCrory came off to most of the local media as well. I used the adjective “engaging” on at least one occasion to describe McCrory. “Affable”…

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