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The Cross-Bay Ferry will return to Tampa Bay for a third season, with new services, a new website, and a proposal for permanent, year-round service in the next three years.

A new study looking at how much time people spend stuck in traffic links widespread economic inequality to a lack of access to public transportation.  

Pinellas County bus passengers will get to keep all of their routes -- for now. Members of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's board decided last week to hold off on proposed route cuts.

Long-time transit advocate Ed Turanchik outlined the plan to expand ferry service. Click through the slideshow to view graphics that show how service will run.
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Ferry service in Tampa Bay could include a new stop as well as commuter service to MacDill Air Force Base if a new plan moves forward.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Whoever becomes the state's next governor will inherit a transportation system bogged down by crowded roads and a lack of mass transit options.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Public transportation has always been an issue in Wimauma, a spread-out, traditionally agricultural community in south Hillsborough County. 

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Although several Tampa residents spoke Thursday at a Tampa City Council meeting against the state's plan to add toll lanes to three major Interstates, their protests might not have any effect, because the decision ultimately rests with the state Department of Transportation.

The project, called the Tampa Bay Express, involves adding tolled express lanes on 87 miles of I-4, I-275 and I-75. The tolls would cost drivers up to $2 per mile.

Floridians depend on cars to get just about anywhere. And getting to the doctor without one can be tough.

Orlando resident David Williams knows this reality well, especially since  the brand new Orlando VA Medical Center moved from the downtown core to the suburbs.

HART Launches Financial Transparency Center

Dec 2, 2014
People board a HART bus.
HART

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is launching an online accountability center letting tax payers in on how HART does business. 

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Mayors Show Support for Pinellas, Polk Transit

Sep 25, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

The Tampa Bay Partnership hosted a transportation forum Wednesday in St. Petersburg and the Greenlight Pinellas referendum received lots of attention.

The transportation forum included commissioners from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties, and representatives from the region's transportation authorities.

Hillsborough Commission Talks Uber, Lyft Ride-Sharing

Sep 10, 2014
Lyft

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission heard lots of public comment from taxi drivers and ride-sharing service supporters alike at a hearing Wednesday.

The Public Transportation Commission (PTC) regulates vehicles for-hire like taxis and limousines. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft have been fined for improper insurance coverage and licensing. 

Megabus Arrives, Bringing Bargain Fares

May 20, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

It's now possible to get to Orlando or Miami from Tampa for less than it costs to drive with the arrival of a new  inter-city bus service called Megabus.  To celebrate its arrival in Tampa, the company has been offering $1 fares during the first two weeks. That drew a crowd to the Marion Transit Center in downtown Tampa recently, and WUSF was there to see what the new bus service was like.

$1 Bus Rides to Miami Take Off Today

May 15, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Get to Miami or Orlando for just a buck? It's possible. Megabus, a new city-to-city bus service took off Thursday morning.

Megabus, a subsidiary of Coach USA,  has partnered up with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to bring its intercity bus service to Tampa. People can reserve their seats online for a promotional fare starting at a dollar and ride the double-decker bus to other metro cities.

82-year-old  Mary Ellen Ahrens is a Winter Haven resident who boarded the first departure Megabus to Miami.

Public Transit Ridership Up Nationally

Mar 10, 2014
PSTA

The American Public Transportation Association released a report today stating Americans took a record high number of trips on U.S. public transportation last year. People across the country took 10.7 billion rides on public transit in 2013. Since the mid '90s, ridership growth has been outpacing population growth.

The numbers in Tampa Bay are up as well, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) closing last year with about 14.5 million rides.

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.

Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.

Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.

Transit Talk: First Public Forum

Aug 7, 2013
HART / HART

Hillsborough County hosted its first in a series of public forums yesterday discussing mass transportation in an effort to gauge residents' perspectives.

A group of city and county leaders - including three mayors, the chief of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), and a number of county commissioners - are meeting monthly to discuss the where's, what's, and how to pay for transportation improvements that will stimulate job growth in the area.

PSTA Increases Bus Ridership Despite Low Gas Prices

Jan 9, 2013
PSTA

One of the things that increases bus ridership is a rise in gas prices. But gas prices were lower in December than they have been in awhile. 

PSTA's increase in bus ridership last month may have been for another reason.

Bus ridership increased 8 percent last month for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority compared to December in 2011.