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.

Partners propose seven-day ferry service linking Hillsborough, MacDill, Tampa, St. Pete

Passengers take in the view as the Cross-Bay Ferry makes it’s way to St. Petersburg in October for the maiden voyage of the 2018 season. A partnership on Tuesday announced plans to expand the ferry service to MacDill Air Force Base and South Hillsborough County by 2022, and also extend hours. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
The service would connect the region using four vessels, at an initial cost of $36.5 million.

Ferry service in Tampa Bay set to become 'permanent'

The Provincetown III leaves the Vinoy Yacht Basin recently as part of the Cross-Bay Ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa’s Channelside area. Officials are expected to announce Tuesday that the service will be expanded from seasonal to year round.  [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
An announcement on expanded ferry service across Tampa Bay is scheduled for Tuesday in Tampa.

St. Pete’s ‘complete streets’ push aims to make space for everyone. Not everyone loves it.

Members of Citizens Against Lane Loss wear red shirts during a meeting at St. Petersburg City Hall on April 4. Residents were on hand to protest the city removing regular traffic lanes and parking to add options for bicyclists, transit and pedestrians. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON   |   Times]
Some residents and businesses express frustration with the city's goal of making streets safer for bikes and pedestrians.

St. Pete wants to make more room on 34th Street S for buses, sidewalks — less for cars

A view of 34th Street S looking south at the intersection of 22nd Avenue on Wednesday. The city of St. Petersburg is proposing making each outside lane of 34th Street S into bus lanes, from 22nd Avenue to 54th Avenue. Regular motorists could not travel in those lanes, except to make right turns. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
The project, planned for 2022, is part of the city's “complete streets” strategy to include more options for transit, bicycles and pedestrians.

Hillsborough presses forward on transportation tax as legal battles continue

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White cast the lone no vote in two actions Wednesday to implement a voter-approved transportation sales tax.  White thanked residents who supported his challenges to the tax. [Times (2017)]
County commissioners were the latest local board to approve an agreement that provides clarity on how the one-cent sales tax will be implemented.