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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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Tampa Bay Next begins rocky road to consensus

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A reinvention of the transportation project formerly known as TBX began Wednesday night. A crowd of approximately 150 people from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties gathered at the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center in West Tampa for the grand opening of Tampa Bay Next, the new name for what continues to essentially be the same project — the Tampa Bay Express, the $6 billion plan from the Florida Department of Transportation whose most contentious feature included 90 miles of toll…

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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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Bob Buckhorn apologies for military conference joke

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Over the course of six years as mayor, Bob Buckhorn has said things that have offended some people, but he has rarely (if ever) been forced to apologize. Until now. Unless you’ve been avoiding local (now national) press over the past couple of days, you know the mayor has been (metaphorically) under fire since the Tampa Bay Times’ Howard Altman reported Friday afternoon on a number of reporters who took offense with a crack Buckhorn made at a military conference last week at the Tampa Convention Center.…

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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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Tampa City Council hears more about FDOT’s “reset”on TBX

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Jim Boxold, the head of the Florida Department of Transportation, announced last month that he was calling for a “reset” regarding the Tampa Bay Express, acknowledging that the rollout of the controversial multi-billion dollar toll lanes project hasn’t been as smooth as the department had originally intended. To its critics, that would be an understatement. They contend that the state agency hasn’t taken their seriously at all their concerns about what the project might do to the neighborhoods in Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights and V.M. Ybor.  When…

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At town hall in Ybor City, Darryl Rouson says climate is good for “true” criminal justice reform

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At a town-hall meeting in Tampa’s Ybor City, newly-elected Senate District 19 Democrat Darryl Rouson said he feels that, finally, a serious attempt at criminal justice reform is going to take place in the Florida Legislature in 2017. “It’s my intention to change the Black Caucus this year so that all 28 members … really stand up and do something,” he said when queried by one new constituent, who told him that the only way to stop gun violence was to provide…

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