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Caitlin Johnston - Transportation and General Assignment Reporter

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.

  1. A man uses the bike lane on First Avenue S in 2018. A bicyclist was struck and killed while using the crosswalk in the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Street N, where the city installed new bike lanes.
    The crash took place on a stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N the city has tried to make safer to bike and walk on.
  2. The Hillsborough County Commission listens to a briefing in June about the lawsuit challenging the county's one-cent transportation sales tax. On Wednesday, reacting to a judge's ruling in that case, commissioners voted to restore the guidelines originally approved by voters on how the tax should be spent. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |   Times]
    Commissioner Stacy White, who is challenging the tax in court, was the only “no” vote.
  3. Megan Jaquiss, 25, faces charges of stalking, sending threatening
or harassing telephone calls, harassment by use of personal identification and
accessing a computer or electronic device without authority, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    The former employee filed false complaints against her ex-boyfriend, sent hundreds of harassing texts and filled out a false job application in his name.
  4. Kirt Conrad, center, explains the mechanics of a hydrogen fuel cell bus to people who attended a demonstration Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park. Conrad is CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Canton, Ohio, which provided the bus for the event. Among those in attendance were Tampa Bay area transit officials.
    Area officials get a look at hydrogen-powered buses that already are serving commuters in Ohio, California and Michigan.
  5. Cyclists make their way north at Main Street in Dunedin along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The trail runs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. There are several options for food and drinks along the trail.
    From the breweries of Dunedin to the Tampa Riverwalk, these rides show off Tampa Bay’s character
  6. A sales tax approved by 57 percent of Hillsborough County voters in November would pay for road projects, along with transit, bike and pedestrian improvements. The Florida House has joined a legal challenge to the tax that has reached the state Supreme Court. [Times (2012)]
    A brief filed with the state Supreme Court argues the ballot measure approved by 57 percent of voters was “deceptive.”
  7. A dog on board was also injured and is not expected to survive
  8. Weston Lee, left, and Alexander VanKeulen, both of Vero Beach, play on the edge of the high surf from the Atlantic Ocean, in advance of the potential arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Vero Beach on Monday. Much of Florida's east coast remains in Dorian's forecast cone, despite a projected turn north. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    Much of the east coast remains inside the projected cone and could take a direct hit.
  9. A fiery crash on Interstate 275  near the State Road 60 interchange closed down the road in both directions Sunday night.
    The initial crash caused chunks of the concrete barrier to fly into the southbound lanes, where two vehicles collided with the debris.