Federal Transit Admin: Central Avenue BRT project not eligible for funding

Records obtained by The Guardian show that the Pinellas Souncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is not eligible for funding of its Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (CABRT) project. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has told PSTA so in writing. In addition, PSTA has never asked the FTA for inclusion in its budget submission, despite telling the…

Criminal non-profit got 99% of its $50 million per year from government

The Florida House is now “cracking down” on the “taxpayer-backed” non-profit called the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), and governor Ron DeSantis wants to review contracts with additional private agencies. This after Tiffany Carr, the founder and CEO of FCADV, received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span while spending most of her…

Policy-violating transit chief fired by his board in policy-violating meeting

At a special meeting yesterday, HART’s board of directors fired its $210,000 per year CEO Ben Limmer for violating several HART policies. The firing was “for cause,” meaning that Limmer will not get the severance pay his contract calls for. However, that special meeting itself violated HART policy, which means that any official action taken…