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FDOT official insists community meetings can mitigate deleterious affects from TBX plan

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An official with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) told the Tampa City Council on Thursday that local meetings currently underway with community members on trying to mitigate the potential negative affects of the massive Tampa Bay Express project on the neighborhoods can influence how the plan will ultimately be created. “That’s why it’s very important to be at that table, be engaged, come talk to us, let us know what the concerns, what you envision your community to be, ” said Lee Royal…

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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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TBX foes to gather at County Center in Tampa tonight

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Back in August, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization heard official testimony from over fifty people who strongly opposed the Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project that would add express lanes to I-275 and I-4. Several hundred other residents who live in the Seminole and Tampa Heights neighborhoods which would be directly affected by the plan also expressed their disapproval at the meeting. Despite that intense opposition, however, the members of the MPO – with one exception – voted unanimously in including the TBX plan into…

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FDOT offers feasibility study in Tampa on “premium transit”

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Paul Steinman, the Florida Department of Transportation secretary for District 7, said Thursday that his agency is willing to work with HART on a feasibility study on premium transit in Tampa. It could include bus rapid transit, light-rail or working with CSX, but it’s unknown at this time. Steinman referenced the fact that FDOT has already committed $1 million with the city of Tampa on feasibility study for the streetcar. “We are excited to work with all our regional partners on premium…

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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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FDOT’s express toll lane proposal gets thumbs down at Pepin Center in Tampa

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The public reaction to the Florida Department of Transportation’s proposed Tampa Bay Express project that includes toll lanes on I-275 and I-4 has been mostly negative since being unveiled earlier this year. But despite the criticism, it doesn’t appear that the project is going to be sidelined anytime soon. On Monday night, FDOT held an open house to show drawings and hear from community members regarding a 22-mile portion of the TBX plan on I-4 that would create toll lanes…

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Les Miller on Tampa Bay Express issue: The votes weren’t there

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Last week, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a $3 billion plan to add express toll lanes to Interstates 275 and 4 and rebuild the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge. The vote was whether to include the proposal, dubbed by the Florida Department of Transportation as the Tampa Bay Express (TBX), in the MPO’s transit improvement plan (TIP). A total of 62 people testified before the board, 54 of them calling on the agency to remove the “TBX out of…

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