Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff

Caitlin Johnston

Times Staff

I write about transportation, a subject that affects all of us as we navigate our busy lives. I let you know how new projects will impact your commute and quality of life, while also dissecting complex policies and budgets. My work takes me from bus stops to government meetings to sitting in mind-numbing traffic jams. I’m a proud Hoosier, a slow runner, and a lover of mountains. I studied journalism and political science at Indiana University and earned my master’s at the University of Maryland. I joined the Times in 2012, first covering breaking news in Tampa and east Hillsborough. I attend 9-hour meetings and read traffic studies from the 1960s so you didn’t have to. I’m always looking for story ideas.

St. Pete’s road vision: 60 miles of bike lanes and other upgrades in 5 years

Janet Michelle, right, of the North Kenwood neighborhood, reviews plans for additional bike lanes and crosswalks in St. Petersburg during a workshop Wednesday on the city’s Complete Streets program. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]
St. Petersburg has committed to investing in a “complete streets” initiative over the next two decades, with plans to add bike and pedestrian options in the next five years.

Tampa Bay visitors enjoy open beaches in wake of Red Tide

People walk on the beach at Pass-A-Grille on Friday. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times)
Parking is easy, restaurants have open tables, and there's no wait at the bar. A Red Tide hangover is good for visitors, not so much for businesses.

These women never got to be athletes. Then came the Florida Senior Games.

Pickleball player Barb Reis, 66, of Bradenton (right) returns the ball during the Florida Senior Games tournament at Ross Norton Recreation Center on Wednesday. The match was part of this week’s 2018 Florida Senior Games, bringing out nearly 2,600 senior athletes ranging from ages 50 to 97 to compete across Pinellas County this week. Pickleball is also the fastest growing sport among the senior community.  [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
For many women who attended school before Title IX became law in 1972, there were no athletic outlets. Now they’re getting another chance at athletic glory thanks to the Florida Senior Games.

Tom Lee opposed transportation tax. Now his wife is the judge in case against it.

Circuit Court Judge Laurel Moore Lee and her husband State Senator Tom Lee, R- Brandon. 1st day of the 2016 Florida legislative session. Florida Senate. [SCOTT KEELER    |  Times]
Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate the 30-year, $15.8 billion transportation sales tax that voters approved in November.

Stacy White sues Hillsborough, cities to stop voter-approved transportation tax

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White is suing the county, local cities and elected officials, arguing that a sales transportation tax voters approved on Nov. 6 is in violation of state law. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
The county commissioner has asked a judge to rule on whether a new citizens committee set up as part of the referendum usurps the authority of elected officials.