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As Hillsborough PTC winds down, one board member asks about job opportunities for staffers

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With less than six months to go before the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission is officially dissolved, one board member wants to know if the County Commission is doing enough to find jobs for staffers facing unemployment. County officials are still working with PTC interim executive director Kevin Jackson on how the agency’s workload will be transitioned into other county departments after the Legislature passed a bill ordering the agency’s demise. As it stands, the Sheriff’s Office will pick up the enforcement…

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As 2016 closes, Hillsborough’s transportation problems still mostly unsolved

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Another year of our lives is about to become history, and that means another year where little tangible was accomplished in terms of addressing the transportation needs of the citizenry in Hillsborough County. But a whole lot of people did get angry with each other over the process, anyway. At this time a year ago, the biggest concern was: What would come out of the Hillsborough County Sheriff Department’s investigation into Go Hillsborough, the two-years-in-the-making transportation plan that called for a 30-year,…

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Will Ken Hagan save ridesharing in Hillsborough?

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They say the past is prologue. If that’s true, past votes and actions by Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission can give us a glimpse at how the showdown over ridesharing may unfold. And it looks like it could all be in the hands of one board member: Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan. Oct. 13 is the date of the public hearing that could determine the future of ridesharing in Hillsborough County. That’s when the PTC is expected to vote to…

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If there is one member of the PTC who should support Uber, it’s David Pogorilich

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Beyond convenience and affordability, ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber have become an essential, safe alternative to drunken driving. One person who should understand this best is David Pogorilich; Uber could have prevented his DUI nearly two decades ago. An Uber ride — at only a few dollars — is certainly preferable to a DUI, which brings thousands of dollars in legal fees, not to mention the possible tragedy of a wreck. Pogorilich, a member of the Hillsborough County Public…

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Hillsborough PTC committee advances controversial new rule proposals for Uber and Lyft

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A subcommittee with the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission has forwarded a recommended package of new rules for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft — which neither company wants. The proposed rules would include the following stipulations for Transportation Network Companies: Background checks: Level II background checks, including fingerprinting Insurance coverage: As required by current state law Required wait time: 7 minutes Required minimum fare: $7 The Rules & Policy Committee of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission on Tuesday voted 2-1 to forward…

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Uber targets Hillsborough PTC members in advance of coming rules vote

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After the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission began citing Uber drivers for operating without permission in Tampa two years ago, the ridesharing giant initiated a campaign against two of its boards members. Now with the PTC poised to approve new rules that both Uber and Lyft consider beyond the pale, Uber is doing it again. Mailers targeting two member of the PTC, Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco and Plant City Commissioner Nate Kilton, have been issued in advance of the…

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Back to the drawing board for Hillsborough County PTC, new ridesharing rules

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It’s back to the drawing board for the often rocky relationship between Hillsborough County and ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. After more than two years of failing to come to an agreement, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission is now ambitiously hoping to have a complete set of rules for all private carriers by October. That’s the plan anyway, after a proposal offered by Commissioner Al Higginbotham was rejected by the two transportation network companies (TNC’s) because it included background checks for…

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