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Tampa Bay Next project to be reviewed at Hillsborough MPO tonight

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(Updated) For the third consecutive summer, hundreds of people are expected to fill downtown Tampa’s County Center Tuesday night for a prime-time edition of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s monthly meeting. They will specifically address the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Project update (TIP), a list of transportation projects in Hillsborough County to be funded over the next five years. Inside that TIP for the third year in a row is the Tampa Bay Next project, formerly known as Tampa Bay…

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FDOT Secretary says it’s time to hit reset button on TBX project

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Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold told a Senate Committee Tuesday that it’s time to hit the reset button on the controversial Tampa Bay Express Project. “We have had some challenges with getting that project to a point where the local communities are affected are pleased with where it is, and so we have the benefit of some time before we’re ready to move forward with that project,” Boxhold told the Senate Transportation Committee. “We probably have 2-3 years before that project is…

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TBX Yes leader says his group is needed to combat misinformation about the controversial project

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On Thursday, the Tampa City Council (acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency), voted 4-1 to remove the controversial Tampa Bay Express toll lanes project from its five-year priority list of projects. It was a reflection of the persuasive arguments that critics of the Florida Department of Transportation-led project have making over the last year, and marks the second time that the council has voiced its opposition to the proposal. The move also follows the admission from Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller earlier this…

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FDOT spokesperson admits that TBX will never be “palatable” for those affected by project

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit agency received an update on the Tampa Bay Express on Monday. The TBX proposal is a 45-50 mile system of express lanes in the Tampa Bay region that would be built along the medians of I-275 and I-4, and ultimately I-75. The proposed toll lane  project has angered many in the Tampa Heights/Seminole Heights community in particular in Tampa, as the project would make severely impact those neighborhoods. “The impact of the express lanes, unfortunately, is mostly…

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Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco is proud to dissent on TBX project

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They came by the dozens Tuesday night — activists and just regular residents from Seminole and Tampa Heights — all imploring the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization not to include the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project in the MPO’s Transit Improvement Project (TIP). They were longtime residents and some who have only lived in the neighborhoods bordering I-275 and/or I-4 for a short time, but they were all vehemently against the $3 billion proposal to add express lanes to both…

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