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Despite intense opposition, Hillsborough MPO votes to support ‘Tampa Bay Next’ project

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For the third year in a row, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to maintain what is now known as the Tampa Bay Next (TBN) project, despite dozens of citizens who told them that they should remove the plan from the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Project (TIP). Although the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) is gone in name, critics who spoke before the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Tuesday night said its DNA remains throughout its named successor, Tampa Bay…

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Clearwater workshop on Tampa Bay-regional transportation scheduled next week

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This week, Florida state lawmakers expect to pass a bill reconfiguring TBARTA, with the ultimate hope of jump-starting regional cooperation to improve Tampa Bay-area transit. Meanwhile, a workshop designed to outline a framework for improving regional coordination on transit and transportation is scheduled to take place Friday, May 12. That’s where there will be a “Regional Transportation Leadership Workshop” taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, EpiCenter Building, 13805 58th St North in Clearwater. Beth Alden,…

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Les Miller wins Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat

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Les Miller has won re-election to the Hillsborough County Commission in District 3. A week after Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman said she would be taking on Miller in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 race,  Overman announced on Thursday that she would not run in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary. In a posting on her Facebook page, Overman wrote that after observing Wednesday night’s marathon public hearing by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding the Tampa Bay Express project, she had decided…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.15.16 – What will Marco do?

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Is Marco Rubio ready to do the (almost) unthinkable, and soon announce that he will be running again for the U.S. Senate seat that he renounced a year ago? We’ll find out soon enough, as the deadline to make such a decision is just nine days away. The man who runs this website, Peter Schorsch, wrote last night that a deal is in the works where Rubio’s Miami-Dade County ally, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, would drop out and announce he’s running for CFO in 2018.…

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Anti-TBX citizens protest in V.M. Ybor

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For the second consecutive month, citizens who oppose the Tampa Bay Express marched through a Tampa neighborhood on Saturday, a neighborhood that could be severely impacted if the transportation project comes to fruition. A crowd of approximately 80 or so citizens met in the V.M. Ybor neighborhood to protest against the proposed $3.3 billion project, which would add tolled express lanes to I-275 in Tampa, as well as parts of I-4 and I-75. The issue has roiled the Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights…

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Tampa residents to Hillsborough MPO: Again, cancel TBX

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Three months after the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved putting the Tampa Bay Express project into its Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), dozens of angry residents in the neighborhoods to be affected by the project again expressed their opposition at the Hillsborough County Center in Tampa on Tuesday night. “The TBX is the last thing the community wants $9 billion of their tax money spent on,” said Michelle Cookson, a leader with the activist group Sunshine Citizens that opposes the project.…

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Can FDOT’s TBX be improved? Community meetings begin to attempt to address that

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Although if it went up for a popular vote in the Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, V.M Ybor and Ybor City it would probably go down to defeat, there is no indication that the controversial Tampa Bay Express project from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is going to be stopped anytime soon. But when the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted almost unanimously (despite overwhelming public opposition) in August to accept the TBX as part of their Transportation Improvement Project, they…

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