TAMPA — The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board Monday elected Tampa City Council member Mike Suarez as its new chairman, replacing former County Commissioner Fran Davin.
Suarez said one of HART's biggest challenges this year stems from the federal government's inability to renew transportation funding that is scheduled to run out in 2015. HART's budget for 2014 is based on $64.5 million in operating revenues, of which $29.7 million comes from property taxes, $16.2 million from fares and passes and $10.7 million from federal funds.
"We're kind of in a no-man's land" amid the uncertainty and congressional inaction on transportation funding, Suarez said.
Steven Polzin, the transit research program director at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, was re-elected vice chairman. Temple Terrace City Council member Eddie Vance was elected secretary.