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.

Tampa council asks, ‘How many get hurt on scooters?’ Good luck finding the answer.

Joseph Bonilla, 23, and Josue Veliz, 21, from New Jersey ride e-scooters through downtown Tampa on Friday. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
Tampa General Hospital has treated scooter-related sprained ankles and head injuries, but city leaders are grasping for accurate numbers

Ferry connecting downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg poised to come back for two seasons

The Hillsborough County Commission heard a pitch Wednesday from St. Petersburg  Mayor Rick Kriseman  to approve 2 years of funding for the seasonal Cross Bay Ferry.
The ferry continues to see most of its success on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More than 18,500 tickets were sold on weekends in November, December and January last season.

How long will Tampa keep its free ‘Downtowner’ ride service? Transit officials look for answers.

The Downtowner ride share service uses these low-speed electric vehicles to ferry people within the confines of downtown Tampa. About 23,000 people have taken more than half a million rides in the past three years on the free service, which logged about 13,500 trips in June alone. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
Hillsborough County’s transit agency will take over the cost of the service and look for ways to make it more efficient.

Hillsborough would upgrade bus service if high court upholds new tax. Here’s how.

Riders gather at a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus stop at the University Area Transit Center in June. Board members are hoping to bring back previously cut routes and run buses more frequently if the Florida Supreme Court upholds the 1 percent transportation sales tax approved by voters in November. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
The county’s transit agency wants to restore routes, run buses more often and expand the Tampa streetcar.

Group joins Supreme Court battle over Hillsborough’s transportation tax

All For Transportation, headed by chair Tyler Hudson, moved Thursday to be included in the appeal process for two lawsuits over Hillsborough County’s transportation sales tax. The suits are headed to the Florida Supreme Court. The advocacy group helped pass the tax in November. Hudson is pictured here at a news conference in June. [CHRISTOPHER O’DONNELL | Times]
All For Transportation, which helped pass the tax in November, says its “cross-appeals” will keep the group involved as the issue makes its way to the high court.