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.

Bicyclist is struck, killed while using St. Petersburg crosswalk

A man uses the bike lane on First Avenue S in 2018. A bicyclist was struck and killed while using the crosswalk in the 2800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Street N, where the city installed new bike lanes. [Times (2018)]  |  Tampa Bay Times
The crash took place on a stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N the city has tried to make safer to bike and walk on.

Hillsborough restores its spending plan for transportation tax

The Hillsborough County Commission listens to a briefing in June about the lawsuit challenging the county's one-cent transportation sales tax. On Wednesday, reacting to a judge's ruling in that case, commissioners voted to restore the guidelines originally approved by voters on how the tax should be spent. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |   Times]
Commissioner Stacy White, who is challenging the tax in court, was the only no vote.

Multi-car crash injuries several people, including an infant

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A vehicle ran a stop sign, causing a chain-reaction crash with three other vehicles

Former Hillsborough sheriffs employee arrested on stalking charges

Megan Jaquiss, 25, faces charges of stalking, sending threateningor harassing telephone calls, harassment by use of personal identification andaccessing a computer or electronic device without authority, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Jamal Thalji  |  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
The former employee filed false complaints against her ex-boyfriend, sent hundreds of harassing texts and filled out a false job application in his name.

A bus that emits only clean water and heat. Could we ever see one in Tampa Bay?

Kirt Conrad, center, explains the mechanics of a hydrogen fuel cell bus to people who attended a demonstration Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park. Conrad is CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Canton, Ohio, which provided the bus for the event. Among those in attendance were Tampa Bay area transit officials. CAITLIN JOHNSTON
Area officials get a look at hydrogen-powered buses that already are serving commuters in Ohio, California and Michigan.