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It’s the end of the road for the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Legislation that would effectively kill the controversial Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (HB 647) passed in the Florida House on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Tampa Bay Republican Jamie Grant, was first introduced as a local bill at the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting last December. Although the PTC has reaped a slew of negative news stories over the past three years in its attempts to regulate ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft in Hillsborough County, widespread antipathy to the organization goes back years, if…

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House committee pushes through local bill abolishing Hillsborough PTC

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A bill to shutter the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Committee continued its rapid pace through the House, quickly passing the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Tuesday. Transportation and Infrastructure, which oversees taxicabs and limousines, has clashed with municipalities lately over the regulation of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. In past years, several members of the Hillsborough County legislative delegation have unsuccessfully sought the elimination of the agency, in support of transportation network companies (TNC). However, the 2017 Session is the…

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Ridesharing smoothing the roads in Florida

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber; it’s also no secret that I am NOT a big fan of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, a bully of a governmental entity applying 19th-century thinking to a 21st-century innovation. The PTC’s blatant quest to stifle ridesharing while clinging to the outmoded taxi and limo industry has been as disgraceful as it is misguided. This should be the final nail in the coffin of…

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Sandy Murman familiar with winning formula as she pursues another term on Hillsborough County Commission

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For candidates in local races, the home stretch of campaign season often means knocking on neighborhood doors and asking people for their vote. This is Republican Sandy Murman’s ninth run for public office, and she knows the drill well. She is the incumbent in the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 race against Jeff Zampitella, and no one will be surprised if she wins. But while she has been busy trying to pile up votes in advance of Tuesday’s election, she has been…

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SD 18 candidates make the case for themselves and against Dana Young in Tiger Bay debate

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Although Dana Young was a no-show at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting on Friday, her presence was definitely felt as she was the target of several attacks by her three opponents in the state Senate District 18 race. Saying it was the sixth candidate forum where she has failed to appear, Democrat Bob Buesing said she was intentionally avoiding answering the voters’ questions about her “extreme record,” because “it’s not a match for our community.” Young did not attend Friday’s forum because she was attending the…

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Hillsborough County PTC to hold emergency meeting to discuss recent media reports Tuesday

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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission will hold a meeting to discuss recent revelations regarding executive director Kyle Cockream next Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the County Center in Tampa. “I have scheduled an emergency meeting of the Public Transportation Commission Board with our legal counsel and germane support for the purpose of discussing recent allegations attacking the integrity, character and independence of our director, staff and board,” PTC Chairman Victor Crist wrote to board members Friday afternoon. A large batch of…

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Joe Henderson: Hillsborough rideshare decision could rest with ‘problem solver’ Ken Hagan

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Ken Hagan has been elected five times to the Hillsborough County Commission. That ought to say something about the way voters feel he takes care of both his and the public’s business. Headlines tend to find him because he always seems to be involved in something important, but I wouldn’t say he seeks out publicity. Not at all. He tends to fly at treetop level, quietly working to get things done. And as Peter Schorsch of this great website just…

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