Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Transit board to hire leader

BRADENTON — Officials on Tampa Bay's seven-county transportation board decided Friday to pay the group's first executive director $150,000 a year and to hire that person within two months.

TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, says it needs an experienced leader to oversee a big job: building a more elaborate mass transit system linking different parts of the region.

Elected officials from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and three other counties who sit on TBARTA's board want a director who will work to engage the public.

In the next few months, the board will make some decisions about TBARTA's evolving plan for mass transit in the bay area. A public hearing on this master plan will take place in January.

Also Friday, board members were told that a recent series of community workshops found a lot of interest in light rail linking Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, and express buses linking Citrus, Hernando and Pasco.

"We heard a lot of 'Get going already' and 'Stop talking and start moving,' " said state transportation official Bob Clifford, who's been acting as TBARTA's temporary director.

Transit board to hire leader 08/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2008 2:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. In Iowa, the president channels his inner candidate Trump (w/video)

    National

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House.

  2. Applications for U.S. jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000

    Working Life

    WASHINGTON — Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.

    On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. [Associated Press]
  3. Study: States with legalized marijuana have more car crash claims

    Accidents

    DENVER — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

    A close-up of a flowering marijuana plant in the production room of Modern Health Concepts' greenhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. [C.M. Guerrero | Miami Herald/TNS]
  4. Black lawmaker: I was called 'monkey' at protest to change Confederate street signs

    Blogs

    A black state legislator says he was called a "n-----" and a "monkey" Wednesday by pro-Confederates who want Hollywood to keep three roads named after Confederate generals, including one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Rep. Shevrin Jones.
  5. Senate GOP set to release health-care bill (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON -— Senate Republicans on Thursday plan to release a health-care bill that would curtail federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood as part of an effort to fulfill a years-long promise to undo Barack Obama's signature health-care law.

    From left, Uplift Executive Director Heidi Mansir, of Gardiner, Maine, former West Virginia State Rep. Denise Campbell, Elkins, W. Va., University of Alaska-Anchorage student Moira Pyhala of Soldotna, Alaska, and National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson appear before Democratic senators holding a hearing about how the GOP health care bill could hurt rural Americans, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was expected to push for a vote next week on the legislation, which would eliminate much of Obama's 2010 overhaul and leave government with a diminished role in providing coverage and helping people afford it. [Associated Press]