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Tampa looking at downtown shuttles on busy weekends

Tampa Downtown Event

“Mayor Bob Buckhorn said further steps could include adjusting the timing of traffic lights to handle surges of traffic into and out of downtown and ensuring enough police officers are assigned to control traffic. He said the city also ought to make better use of signs to direct traffic, encourage visitors to think about parking in garages in Ybor City …

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U.S. 301 sidewalks may open to golf carts, this time legally

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“For years, retirees in Ellenton’s mobile home parks have preferred to use their golf carts for short errands to stores, pharmacies, the library and the post office. To avoid getting on busy U.S. 301, they prefer to drive on the sidewalks. Yet sheriff’s deputies started issuing warnings, telling residents they were breaking the law.” See More . . . Source: …

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Hillsborough commissioners approve $905 million list of transportation projects; now comes the hard part

Road Closure

“In a letter to the county, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn reiterated the city intends to spend $90 million to expand the streetcar that connects Channelside to Ybor City and to build a transit line from downtown to Tampa International Airport. HART will spend nearly $300 million through 2026 on improving bus service by expanding and introducing new lines.” See More …

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Tampa to spend $560,000 on free electric shuttles for downtown

Downtown Tampa

“Tampa’s funds for the shuttle will come from the community redevelopment areas for downtown and the Channel District. Inside those CRAs, property taxes generated by new growth are channeled into public projects to support further growth. The downtown CRA will put in $440,000, with the remaining $120,000 coming from the Channel District CRA.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/tampa-to-consider-spending-560000-on-free-electric-shuttles-for-downtown/2273198By: …

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So Much for Peak VMT

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“While not surpassing the prior peak per capita travel levels of the past decade of over 10,000 miles per year per person, per capita VMT nonetheless showed substantial growth during a time when the economy was far from robust” See More . . . Source: http://www.planetizen.com/node/84877/so-much-peak-vmtBy: STEVEN POLZIN

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TBO Editorial: Hillsborough needs mobility fees

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“Mobility fees, like transportation impact fees, are based on the simple premise that new developments should help pay for the roads and other transportation work they make necessary. . . While impact fees must be spent on increasing road capacity, mobility fees can be used for whatever transportation option would best meet residents’ needs — be it new roads, more …

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Veterans Expressway to gain higher priced express toll lanes in 2017

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“The turnpike authority believes that many drivers will choose not to use the express toll lane on every trip. And if they do use the express lane, they won’t be charged separately for the $1.06 required to travel the Veterans in that span.” See More . . . Source: http://www.home.tampabay.com/news/transportation/veterans-expressway-to-gain-higher-priced-express-toll-lanes-in-2017/2267920By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Water taxi service opens for business in Tampa

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“Stops include Downtown Tampa, Harbour Island, History Center/Amalie Arena, the Convention Center, Jackson’s Bistro, Bayshore Boulevard, Davis Island and the Riverwalk.” See More . . . Source: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/99263932-storyBy: Shayla Reaves, FOX 13 News

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FDOT committed to focus on wrong way driver detection, driverless cars

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“In a study released by FDOT last year, District 7 reported 24 wrong way crashes from 2009 to 2013. Seven of those crashes or 13.7 percent were fatal. In 2014, when there were 12 wrong way crashes, according to the FDOT, including a fatal one in which four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and the driver who ran into …

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Project to build elevated Gandy lanes in Tampa moves forward

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“The idea is to get drivers who don’t plan to stop along Gandy — including, in a hurricane evacuation, thousands of fleeing Pinellas residents — up off the boulevard. That would allow them to pass overhead without stopping at red lights and ease congestion for local traffic on the road below” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/expressway-authority-to-consider-26-million-contract-for-gandy/2266327By: RICHARD DANIELSON, …

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