Florida Matters: BRT In Tampa Bay

Florida Matters: BRT In Tampa Bay
Florida Matters: BRT In Tampa Bay

Taxpayers in Tampa Bay have never given the “green light” to a transit rail system, but maybe fast, cheap buses will prove more popular.

This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the proposed 41-mile regional bus rapid transit system that would connect St. Petersburg, Tampa and Wesley Chapel along Interstate 275.

Our guests include:

Brad Miller, CEO of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

Dennis Hinebaugh, Program Director for Transit Research at USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and Director of CUTR’s National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.

Sharon Calvert, co-founder of the Hillsborough County Tea Party and a longtime critic of expensive transit projects.

We also hear a report on bus rapid transit from WUSF’s Steve Newborn and feature comments from listeners who submitted their feedback about transportation in Tampa Bay.

Special thanks to all who shared their thoughts about transit with us both on and off the air. You can continue the conversation on our Facebook page, tweet @FloridaMatters or email FloridaMatters@wusf.org.

Hear our panelists further discuss BRT on our podcast Florida Matters More.

Original Broadcast Date: 
05/02/18

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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