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Mitch Perry Report for 12.20.16 – Our driverless future?

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Among the 2017 priorities that the Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority’s government liaison, Cesar Hernandez told board members on Monday, one would be to continue to push for anything that can push autonomous vehicle technology forward in the new year. In case you’re not familiar with the whole driverless car concept, you should know that the Sunshine State, led by St. Petersburg Republican state Senator Jeff Brandes enthusiasm and advocacy, is in the vanguard of states when it comes to this new form of transportation. Earlier this year, the…

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Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission likely doomed after local delegation approves bill to kill it

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The troubled Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission received a terminal diagnosis Friday after members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation voted unanimously for a local bill that would eliminate the agency on December 31, 2017. After that, the County Commission would pick up its regulatory duties. “The public has lost complete faith in the ability of this agency to regulate credibly, equitably and efficiently,” said bill sponsor James Grant said before the entire delegation vote in support of his bill. The proposal was similar…

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Lyft says its presence in Tampa has led to nearly $12 million in new spending in local economy

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With Lyft (along with Uber) now street legal in Tampa after more than two-and-half-years of wrangling with the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission, the San Francisco-based ridesharing company is making some bold claims about its impact on the local economy. In a report based on surveys conducted with Lyft drivers and passengers in Tampa released Monday, the company says that more than $11.9 million in new spending was generated in the local economy in 2016 because of its presence. When asked its motivation for requesting a Lyft…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.10.16 — The ‘What do we now?’ moment for the president-elect

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As Donald Trump publicly laid low and dealt with officials about how the transition of his administration will begin, I couldn’t help but recall that often-referred-to famous final scene from the 1972 Michael Ritchie film, “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford. Bill McKay, the novice (played by Redford) who has just won an improbable victory for the U.S. Senate, turns dazedly to his campaign manager and asks, “What do we do now?” What will the 45th POTUS do? No doubt the Affordable Care Act will be…

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Hillsborough County PTC approves temporary agreement to allow Uber and Lyft to operate legally

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After more than two and a half years of operating in violation of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Agency, ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are now legal to operate in the county — for at least another 13 months. The board voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve two new temporary operating agreements (TOAs) negotiated by outgoing PTC Chairman Victor Crist and officials with the two companies. It comes after at-times agonizing debates on the commission that led to a flood of bad…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.8.16 — Getting the results before the polls close

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The last presidential contest I really didn’t pay that much attention to was back in 1980, but I do remember this: I was in high school, and I had the TV on but the sound down when Jimmy Carter came out at around 6:15 PST to announce he was conceding the election. It was pretty early in the evening, but it was obvious Carter wasn’t going to catch up to Ronald Reagan that night. Although Carter wanted to get the misery…

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Limousine company sues Hillsborough PTC, says they want to be ridesharing company

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With the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission poised to perhaps finally approve new rules that would legalize the use of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, now a local limousine company has filed suit against the local agency. West Coast Transportation Services filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging whether the PTC has the authority to regulate transportation network companies (TNC’s), another term for ridesharing companies. In the suit, filed in the 13th judicial circuit in Hillsborough County, West Coast Transportation says they…

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