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Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise

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Everyone knows Pinellas County is home to incredible beaches, world-class entertainment, and unmatched quality of life. Because of this, Pinellas has emerged one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. This tourism boom is driving new business to local shops, restaurants and museums, and providing crucial revenue to city and regional government. But as more people discover everything Pinellas has to offer, traffic congestion — and the pollution that comes with it — will only continue to grow. That’s especially true…

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Hillsborough County Commission to vote on putting half-cent tax for 15 years on ballot on June 9

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Less than a month after the issue of a transportation tax seemed off the board for 2016, the Hillsborough County Commission will take a second vote on whether to put a sales tax referendum on the ballot next month. The new vote will take place after a public hearing on June 9. On April 27, a four-hour public hearing that would place the Go Hillsborough half-cent tax referendum on the ballot went down to defeat when Commissioner Victor Crist cast the…

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Central Avenue BRT will serve as St. Pete’s premium transit

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Downtown St. Petersburg will be connected to Pinellas County  beaches via First Avenues North and South with a Bus Rapid Transit line using a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, according to the state agency. During a sunny news conference in front of one of Central Avenue’s many wall murals, FDOT Secretary Paul Steinman called the Central Avenue BRT route “premium transit” necessary to create a “fully integrated transportation system.” The new route piggybacks on the existing Central…

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FDOT to kick in $500,000 for Central Avenue BRT

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is getting a major boost for one of its most targeted projects. On Monday, state Sen. Jeff Brandes and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Steinman will announce a $500,000 grant to help fund the Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project in St. Petersburg. The grant will help pay for final design of the route connecting downtown and the beaches. The route is intended to complement the existing Central Avenue Beach Trolley. The existing route…

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Rick Kriseman lays out 2016 legislative priorities

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was first up at a Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday to lay out his list of priorities for the legislative session next year. Two of his proposals are repeat asks from last year that were not approved. That includes funding for a Bus Rapid Transit pilot program that would create an express bus route connecting downtown St. Pete to the beaches along First Avenues North and South. Powerhouse State Senator Jack Latvala left a…

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State won’t fund PSTA’s $1 million BRT study

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A $1 million ask by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will not be funded in the state’s 2015 budget. The Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night, but it did not include proposed funding for a Bus Rapid Transit study for a Central Avenue route connecting downtown St. Pete and the beaches. “PSTA representatives heard very positive feedback and 100 percent support from our Pinellas delegation, and our agency will keep working to find funding for BRT in…

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Rick Kriseman is pleased with state budget

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The Florida Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night after a highly contentious legislative session and special session. The budget includes several wins for St. Pete. The biggest win for St. Pete is a $12.3 million appropriation for the USF St. Pete School of Business. “I join our friends at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in celebrating the $12.3 million for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business,” St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote in…

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