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Kyle Cockream to step down from Hillsborough PTC at the end of the year

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A change in government in Washington has been preceded by a changing of the guard at one of the Tampa Bay area’s most troubled government agencies, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. On the same day the PTC finally approved rules legalizing ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate in the county, the agency lost its chairman and soon, its executive director. Kyle Cockream announced Wednesday he will depart from the agency at the end of December. His tenure has become…

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Kyle Cockream’s appearance before Palm Beach County Commissioners this year wasn’t his first time

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(UPDATED with responses from Kyle Cockream). When Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Executive Director Kyle Cockream appeared in front of the Palm Beach County Commission on a ridesharing ordinance it was reviewing last April, some state lawmakers and officials with Uber questioned his visit, saying it had the appearance of taking sides in the now two-and-a-half year battle between the taxicab industry and the ridesharing companies in Hillsborough County. Cockream said at the time he was in West Palm Beach for four days “on personal…

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Kyle Cockream’s last day as Hillsborough PTC head is July 11

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission executive director Kyle Cockream says his final day on the job will be July 11. Cockream announced he was stepping down on Monday after serving two years on the job, but said at Wednesday’s PTC meeting that he began “having communications” with agency chairman Victor Crist about leaving the post back on January 21.  But with regulations involving ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft still up in the air, the two men said that they agreed that Cockream…

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Hillsborough PTC’s Kyle Cockream to discuss plans to step down Wednesday

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commissioner executive director Kyle Cockream will reportedly discuss his plans to step down from the agency at Wednesday’s PTC meeting. A rumor circulating Monday was that Cockream was resigning, but Kyle Parks, a spokesman for the agency, says that isn’t accurate. He says that Cockream has been speaking with Hillsborough PTC Chair Victor Crist about retiring “for months.” Cockream’s decision comes on the same day that FloridaPolitics.com reported that Cockream spent two days last week speaking to Palm Beach…

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Hillsborough PTC Executive Director (and ride-sharing critic) says he met with Palm Beach County Commissioners as a “resource”

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In recent weeks, agents with the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) have resumed citing Uber and Lyft drivers for being out of compliance with the agency’s regulations. And after the Florida Legislature failed once again to address insurance and background regulations regarding such ridesharing companies earlier this  year, the PTC conducted an initial workshop last month to begin creating a new regulatory framework that applies equally to both Uber and Lyft, as well as the existing taxicab industry. PTC executive director Kyle Cockream has…

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