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HART introducing cutting-edge vehicles to HyperLink connection with Innovation Alliance

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will announce next week a partnership with the Tampa Innovation Alliance to enhance transportation options in the USF area. The plan is to introduce a small fleet of cutting-edge Tesla vehicles into the local market. Since its implementation last year, HART’s HyperLink program has allowed riders to book a ride through a smartphone app to and from bus stops in three designated areas: North Tampa, Brandon, and Carrollwood. It’s designed to solve the “first mile/last mile” issue by…

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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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Dedicated bus service between Tampa, St. Pete and Tampa International on top of HART $ wish list in 2017

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“The AirPorter,” a dedicated bus service line that would connect downtown Tampa, downtown St. Petersburg, and the Carillon area of St. Petersburg to Tampa International Airport, is the top priority for federal and state funding in 2017 for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. That’s according to Cesar Hernandez, HART’s government relations specialist, who briefed the transit agency’s legislative and strategic planning committee meeting on Monday. As outlined by HART officials, the service would use a “premium vehicle” that would run every 15…

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Former FSU star Luke Weaver rockets to major leagues

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Luke Weaver was understandably pleased when the St. Louis Cardinals made him their first round selection in the 2014 draft. After all, the Florida State pitching star was going to one of the top franchises in all of Major League Baseball. It was something he had dared to imagine. When he signed his first professional contract in St. Louis two years ago, Weaver’s father, Mark, recalled Luke’s answer when asked which team he would like to play for when you…

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Brian Willis starts early in his quest for a Hillsborough County Commission seat

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There have been too many election cycles where Hillsborough Democrats appeared to be missing in action, with the party frantic to recruit candidates to at least provide a semblance of a challenge to a Republican. But 2016 doesn’t appear to be one of those years. The fact is that in the Obama-era at least, Democrats come out in big numbers in presidential election years, and with the party base seemingly in love with Hillary Clinton’s chances this early out, Hillsborough…

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