Caitlin Johnston, Transportation and General Assignment Reporter

Caitlin Johnston

Transportation and General Assignment Reporter

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.

Florida Supreme Court to decide future of Hillsborough's transportation tax

The Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee, where justices will hear a challenge to the one-cent transportation sales tax approved by Hillsborough County voters in November. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
Apollo Beach resident Bob Emerson filed an appeal Thursday in a lawsuit challenging the one-cent tax. Commissioner Stacy White followed Friday with an appeal of his own.

Meet the Florida man called in to catch Chicago gator Chance the Snapper

Florida alligator expert Frank Robb holds an alligator during a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb captured the elusive alligator in a public lagoon at Humboldt Park early Tuesday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
The 5-foot alligator will retire to Florida.

Hillsborough wrestles with how to spend money from its new transportation tax

The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners listens to a briefing in June from attorney Alan Zimmet about a lawsuit Commissioner Stacy White filed against a one-cent transportation sales tax. Another meeting on the sales tax is set for Wednesday. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |   Times]
Commissioner Les Miller wants the sales tax to be spent exactly how voters intended, but administrator Mike Merrill has other ideas.

Lawsuit: Hillsborough’s new taxi permits cost drivers thousands

United Cab drivers wait to be called for riders Friday at Tampa International Airport. The company is a plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging Hillsborough County’s new taxi permitting system has robbed drivers of the value they previously held with taxi medallions. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
Cab companies claim they are due compensation after the county got rid of taxi medallions in 2017.

Residents urge Hillsborough commissioners to reinstate spending restrictions on transportation tax

The Hillsborough County  Commission listens to a briefing Wednesday from attorney Alan Zimmet about a lawsuit Commissioner Stacy White filed against a one-cent transportation sales tax. [ANASTASIA DAWSON  | Times]
The board took no action. A judge ruled Monday the county commissioners control how the money is spent.