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.

A ‘mafia move’ is alleged as two cities clash over bus route linking St. Pete to the beaches

St. Pete Beach city commissioners Terri Finerrty, Doug Izzo, Mayor Al Johnson, Ward Friszolowski and Melinda Pletcher prepare for a meeting Tuesday about a proposed bus rapid transit system from downtown St. Petersuburg to the beaches. In an emergency meeting Thursday, the commissioners rejected the plan. [ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times]
St. Pete Beach commissioners signed a resolution Thursday opposing the project, despite a letter from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman urging them to support it.

$62 million collected so far: What happens if Hillsborough’s transportation tax is revoked?

Two receipts show the current Hillsborough County sales tax, which includes a 1 percent sales tax for transportation that went into effect on Jan. 1. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
A judge will rule soon on the future of the one-cent transportation tax that went into effect Jan. 1. His decision will determine what happens to the money already raised.

Hillsborough transportation group keeps I-275 expansion projects on track with midnight vote

A capacity crowd showed up Tuesday night to express their views as the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization board met to discuss two projects along I-275 in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The Metropolitan Planning Organization board listened to four hours of public comment before voting to keep plans for additional highway lanes in its plans

Two top leaders leave Hillsborough's bus agency weeks after driver's slaying

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority announced the impending departure of two senior executives Wednesday, part of a staff reorganization by the agency's new CEO Ben Limmer. [Times (2017)]
The transit authority's CEO said he eliminated one position and another executive resigned.

Lost lanes, ‘monster buses’ and more: Fact-checking St. Pete’s rapid bus project

A sign along First Avenue S expresses opposition to plans for a bus rapid transit route from downtown St. Petersburg to St. Petersburg Beach. St. Pete Beach officials will discuss the proposal at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Residents who oppose the project say officials have misled the public about some of the details. Transit leaders say opponents continue to spread misinformation.