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Rick Scott signs death warrant for Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Among the bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday is HB 647, which eliminates of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission by December 31 of this year. The agency, originally created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in the 1970’s and the only one of its kind in the state, has been shrouded in controversy for years. It’s last executive director,  Kyle Cockream, remains under investigation for his handling of public records. The PTC had been criticized for years by local lawmakers,…

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It’s the end of the road for the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Legislation that would effectively kill the controversial Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (HB 647) passed in the Florida House on Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Tampa Bay Republican Jamie Grant, was first introduced as a local bill at the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting last December. Although the PTC has reaped a slew of negative news stories over the past three years in its attempts to regulate ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft in Hillsborough County, widespread antipathy to the organization goes back years, if…

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Kevin Jackson takes over the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission

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Six weeks into 2017, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission finally has a new executive director to succeed the controversial Kyle Cockream. It’s Kevin Jackson, who is expected to remain with the troubled agency as it transitions into obsolescence at the end of the year. Jackson’s contract is only good for the end of the year. Legislation pending in Tallahassee would dissolve the PTC, and there is already work being done to transition the infrastructure of the PTC onto the Hillsborough…

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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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