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.

Hillsborough bus drivers say officials ignore safety concerns

Transit rider Erika Smith, 30, writes down her contact information after bus driver Denny Crisostomo, right, told her about concerns she and other drivers have with the buses. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority drivers handed out fliers to riders Wednesday at the Marion Transit Center in Tampa. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]
Despite drivers’ claims, transit CEO Jeff Seward says a state safety audit of the agency's practices found no violations in its upkeep of vehicles.

Will scooters help or hurt the way we get around in Tampa Bay? We’re about to find out.

A woman rides a motorized scooter through a crosswalk last April in San Francisco, one of many cities where the two-wheeled vehicles have become a focus of both praise and scorn. As Florida lawmakers propose measures to open the state to scooters, Tampa officials are working on a program to introduce them as a pilot. St. Petersburg officials, meanwhile, are waiting to see how it goes. [Associated Press]
Florida law prohibits scooter companies from entering cities that haven’t approved regulations on the vehicles. But the craze is still headed this way.

Hillsborough transit agency selects Benjamin Limmer of Atlanta as new CEO

Benjamin Limmer, assistant general manager of Atlanta’s transit authority, known as MARTA, was selected Friday as the new CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Agency. [BRANDEN CAMP   |   Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Limmer, the assistant general manager of Atlanta's transit authority, touted his experience with sales tax revenue and expanding transit service in multiple cities.

St. Pete’s new bus line forces a choice: Bike lanes or parking?

Dedicated bus lanes planned for First avenues N and S will require St. Petersburg to either eliminate parking on one side of each avenue or cut the bike lanes on an 11-block portion of the route. This rendering shows the bike lane prevailing at the expense of parking. [Rendering courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg]
Planning for the city’s Bus Rapid Transit line is at a key decision point. An 11-block stretch is wide enough to include a bike lane or parking, but not both.

All for Transportation asks court to dismiss lawsuit against Hillsborough sales tax

Mailers promoted a one-cent sales tax for Hillsborough County residents to fund transportation projects. Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White is asking the courts to overturn the voter-approved tax, arguing it violates state law. (SKIP O’ROURKE   |   Times)
The political committee said County Commissioner Stacy White has no standing to file a lawsuit challenging the transportation tax.