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Jack Latvala says his GOP colleagues have their “heads in the sand when it comes to transportation”

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Incoming Florida Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Latvala said Friday a lack of mass transit in the Tampa Bay area has become a bigger problem than ever, and he blasted his fellow Republicans in Tallahassee for failing to lead on the issue. “We’ve got a lot of folks in my party that just bury their head in the sand when it comes to transportation,” the always outspoken Clearwater Republican said, addressing dozens of people who gathered at 8 a.m. to hear him speak at the weekly “Cafe…

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Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn confront each during WMNF radio debate

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During a radio debate Thursday, House District 68 Democrat Ben Diamond challenged what exactly his opponent, Eric Lynn has done in the community, while Lynn turned around to question Diamond’s independence when it comes to the insurance industry. Those two exchanges came toward the conclusion of a 38-minute debate on Tampa radio station WMNF 88.5 this afternoon, when the two candidates were allowed to question each other in a debate moderated by this reporter (listen here). The two St. Petersburg-based Democrats are challenging each…

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Bus ridership down in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in 2016

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In what almost seemed like a monthly occurrence in recent years, the PR staffs of both the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit agency (HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) were regularly issuing out press releases touting record ridership numbers. That is definitely not the case in 2016. Speaking at the agency’s Finance and Audit Committee meeting Monday, HART CEO Katherine Eagan said ridership in 2016 is down some “five to six percent” in the current fiscal year, a trend she said is…

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PSTA program to provide free Uber, taxi rides to second, third shift workers

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Low-income residents on late shifts could get free transportation to and from work under a pilot program unveiled Wednesday by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The TD Late Shift program is a partnership between the PSTA, Uber and United Taxi. The program, funded by a $300,000 grant from the state Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, could affect up to 6,000 Pinellas workers, PSTA officials said. The goal of the year-long pilot is to develop a model that can be replicated…

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PSTA, Uber to announce new partnership

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Earlier this year, the agency that oversees the bus system in Pinellas announced a pilot partnership with Uber that was designed to get people to bus stops. Now, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is prepared to expand that service and to announce another project with Uber. The new program and details of the expanded project will be made at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday as the closing event of the Floridians for Better Transportation Annual Conference at the Don Cesar Beach Resort on St.…

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House District 68 candidates show little difference on the issues in Tiger Bay forum

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Perhaps the first thing to know about the three candidates who are vying to become the next state Representative of House District 68 in Pinellas County is that none of them awoke on New Years Day this year with the dream of winning this seat. Republican JB Bensmihen spent most of 2015 preparing to run against Democrat Lois Frankel in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, and didn’t opt to enter the HD 68 contest until April – actually making him the first candidate to declare his…

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Activists take crusade for electric buses to Pinellas County commissioners

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Members of the board that oversees public transportation in Pinellas agreed last week to buy two electric buses for a pilot program, if the county commission decides to purchase a charging station for the vehicles. Now activists who once targeted the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have set their sights on Pinellas County commissioners. The immediate goal: Convince commissioners to agree to spend about $590,000 of the $7.1 million it received from the BP oil spill settlement for the charging station. The…

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