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Despite intense opposition, Hillsborough MPO votes to support ‘Tampa Bay Next’ project

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For the third year in a row, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to maintain what is now known as the Tampa Bay Next (TBN) project, despite dozens of citizens who told them that they should remove the plan from the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Project (TIP). Although the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) is gone in name, critics who spoke before the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Tuesday night said its DNA remains throughout its named successor, Tampa Bay…

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TBX critics not pleased with Bob Buckhorn tweet

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Critics of the Tampa Bay Express project are upset with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn over what they say was a “flippant” response to concerns about what the $6 billion project will do to the affected neighborhoods when construction begins. After reading an interview Buckhorn gave Friday praising the TBX project with the website BusinessFacilities.com, Seminole Heights resident and TBX foe Rick Fernandez sent a tweet to Buckhorn saying, “your continued support for TBX is disturbing and out of touch.” Buckhorn replied, “Whatever.” Whatever —…

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TBX critics not surprised by FDOT Secretary’s stance on the project

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Following Florida Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Boxold’s comments this week that it’s time for a “reset” on the controversial Tampa Bay Express toll lanes project, an opposition group says it’s time to remove the project from Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization’s five year plan. “We are not surprised that FDOT has realized how tarnished and damaged the TBX brand is- the project is too costly and does not solve congestion or meet transportation needs,” says Michelle Cookson, a spokesperson for Sunshine Citizens, the citizen activist group…

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Hillsborough County MPO approves TBX project – with accountability measures added

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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Florida Dept. of Transportation’s controversial Tampa Bay Express project on Thursday morning, adding it to its annual Transportation Improvement Plan for the next five years, despite intense passionate opposition. The final vote was 12-4, with Les Miller, Lisa Montelione, Kevin Beckner and Guido Maniscalco dissenting. It came after eight hours of public hearings and discussion, with the meeting concluded at 2:18 a.m. Thursday morning. More than 180 people signed up to speak, though not all…

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Activist group “outraged” to hear of Tampa business establishment rallying around TBX

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(UPDATED) When it comes to public relations, it’s been an unfair fight to date between neighborhood activists and the Florida Dept. of Transportation regarding the Tampa Bay Express project. While FDOT send out representatives to local meetings to talk up the project, citizens have flooded public meetings over the past year to express their strong opposition to it. TBX, as it’s better known as, is the $3.3 billion proposal by FODT that would add tolled express lanes to Interstate 275 from…

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New report blasts TBX project as a “boondoggle”

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(Updated with FDOT response below) The Florida Department of Transportation’s Tampa Bay Express project has been controversial since it was introduced last year. The first phase of “TBX” would add tolled express lanes to I-275 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, as well as to I-4 and I-275, at a cost of an estimated $3.3 billion, It’s been met with immediate and unified opposition by the local neighborhoods which will be impacted by the expansion of the downtown interchange portion of I-275,…

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Bob Buckhorn says he supports TBX project — thinks there’s a “middle ground” to satisfy the community

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Bob Buckhorn is optimistic that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) can come to find a “middle ground” with concerned Tampa residents as the state agency begins the process of adding express toll lanes to I-275 in Tampa. The plan, known as the Tampa Bay Express, would in total add express toll lanes to I-75 from north of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. to south of SR 674; On I-275 from south of Bearss Avenue to Gandy Blvd.; and on I-4 from…

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