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PSTA widens its reach with taxi, Uber partnership

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“Using public transportation to get around in the Tampa Bay area has historically been seen as a last resort, used most frequently by people living at or below poverty level. But that perception has been changing and it’s in part because of innovation.” See More . . . Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/01/19/psta-widens-its-reach-with-taxi-uber-partnership.htmlBy: Janelle Irwin (Reporter – Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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Competing metros: Tampa Bay rebounds to best performance in decade in Milken Institute rankings

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“Tampa Bay ranks No. 33, up 25 spots from No. 58 in 2015 and up a whopping 136 metro spots from seven years ago when this market pretty much hit bottom at No. 169 . . . Rising so quickly as Tampa Bay has is testament to the improved Florida economy but also points to the local efforts at economic …

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FDOT To Begin Construction On Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-95 and Viera Boulevard

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“During 2017, FDOT will begin construction on a new Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-95 and Viera Boulevard for which The Viera Company funded nearly $1 million in design and permitting and is donating the necessary right of way land.” See More . . . Source: http://spacecoastdaily.com/2016/12/fdot-to-begin-construction-on-diverging-diamond-interchange-at-i-95-and-viera-boulevard/By: Space Coast Daily

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In Florida, no permit needed for driverless cars, state senator says

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“in 2016, the Florida Legislature passed new rules that eliminated some of the requirements, including the $5 million in insurance. The new law also got rid of the requirement that a human operator be present in the vehicle, as long as an operator can be alerted in case of technology failure and stop the vehicle.” See More . . . …

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Tampa, once dubbed dangerous for bicycling, now one of ’50 Best’ in U.S.

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“Tampa now has about 155 miles of bike lanes and trails, most of which were constructed since 2010, said Jean Duncan, director of Tampa’s Transportation and Stormwater Services Department. The completion of the Riverwalk last year also provided a scenic route for bicyclists to traverse downtown.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/tampa-once-dubbed-dangerous-for-bicycling-now-one-of-50-best-in-us/2307459#By: CHRISTOPHER O’DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Here are the newest details on the ferry that will connect downtown Tampa to St. Petersburg

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“The ferry is a collaboration of the two cities along with Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The governmental bodies of each voted this summer to kick in $350,000, or a quarter of the $1.4 million cost of a 6-month pilot program.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/economicdevelopment/here-are-the-newest-details-on-the-ferry-that-will-connect-downtown-tampa/2294493By: JEROME R. STOCKFISCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Tampa mayor blasts Public Transportation Commission, supports Uber, Lyft

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“On Wednesday the Hillsbourough County Public Transportation Commission is set to discuss tough new rules for the ride-hailing services. The PTC wants to require fingerprint background checks for drivers, a minimum of a seven-minute wait for each ride and a minimum $7 fair.” See More . . . Source: http://wfla.com/2016/09/12/tampa-mayor-plans-to-weigh-in-on-proposed-regulations-for-uber-and-lyft/By: Jeff Patterson – News Channel 8

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Despite opposition Uber fights for Tampa business

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“Uber has been battling restrictions from the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) and may have found a way to remain in Tampa regardless of the upcoming vote on regulating not only Uber but other transportation network companies as well. The PTC cannot regulate food delivery services, which means UberEATS technically will not be under its jurisdiction, allowing the company …

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A victim of its own success, Tampa looking at free downtown shuttle on busiest weekends

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“One thing that’s in the works is expanding the use of the In-Towner, a trolley-style HART bus that now runs on a loop providing free rides between downtown destinations on weekdays, to big-event weekends as well. The idea would be to run the shuttle between venues and more remote garages and lots, which often have available capacity.” See More . …

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Clearwater council kills one-way streets for beach to appease residents

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“After the 16 additional hotels currently under development orders are built, delays could shoot to 8.3 minutes per vehicle if nothing is done — with one-way streets, that could be reduced to 46 seconds per vehicle, according to traffic operations manager Paul Bertels.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/clearwater-council-kills-one-way-streets-for-beach-to-appease-residents/2288337By: TRACEY MCMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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