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Joe Henderson: FDOT’s Tampa Bay transit plan has new name, but really needs new ideas

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Transportation issues in the Tampa Bay area have been well-documented and they will get worse before they get better — assuming, of course, “better” ever comes. The Florida Department of Transportation wanted to attack the problem with a plan called Tampa Bay Express, or TBX. I’ll simplify: It called for building more roads, including 90 miles of highway people would have to pay tolls to use. A lot of people hated that idea and they raised such a ruckus that…

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FDOT Secretary says it’s time to hit reset button on TBX project

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Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold told a Senate Committee Tuesday that it’s time to hit the reset button on the controversial Tampa Bay Express Project. “We have had some challenges with getting that project to a point where the local communities are affected are pleased with where it is, and so we have the benefit of some time before we’re ready to move forward with that project,” Boxhold told the Senate Transportation Committee. “We probably have 2-3 years before that project is…

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Sandy Murman cruises to victory over Jeff Zampitella in Hillsborough County Commission

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Incumbent Sandra Murman cruised to victory Tuesday over Democrat Jeff Zampitella in the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 race. With 69 of 86 precincts reporting, Murman held a 57-43 percent lead over Zampitella. “I knew this was going to be a tough cycle, so we ran a whole campaign all the way,” she said. “A lot of people in my district have benefitted from the hard work I’ve done on their behalf, and I think that showed.” Murman, a longtime…

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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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Gwen Graham says she’s poised to run a 67-county strategy for Florida governor

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Emphasizing her centrist political persona while addressing a packed restaurant in South Tampa Friday morning, Gwen Graham said her potential candidacy for governor of Florida in 2018 would be a “transcending of the politics” that currently exists today. “I have heard from so many people who say ‘you’re exactly what the state of Florida needs,’” Graham said at the weekly “Cafe Con Tampa” lecture series at Hugo’s Restaurant in Hyde Park. “I will commit to running the type of gubernatorial campaign that will…

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Jack Latvala to FDOT: Don’t turn lanes on Howard Frankland into toll roads

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State Sen. Jack Latvala on Monday wrote to the Florida Department of Transportation objecting to any plan to start charging tolls on current lanes of the Howard Frankland bridge. Latvala was reacting to recent news that state officials plan to take one of the four existing lanes in each direction on the bridge and charge tolls. Until recently, local officials understood the plan, which is part of a wider highway expansion proposal known as the Tampa Bay Express, was to…

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Tom Jackson: TBX meets the Star Trek test

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As someone who lives near a thoroughfare in a constant state of construction, I sympathize with anyone who looks upon the approach of road expansion with dread. It’s noisy. It’s dirty. It’s inconvenient. It’s hard on tires and suspensions. It impedes traffic in ways that seem to outweigh any eventual benefit. And all but the last is demonstrably true, because when that stretch of improved multi-lane boulevard opens, all smooth and wide and freshly striped, it is as if the…

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