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Tampa spending $1.2M to study streetcar as commuter option

Tampa Streetcar - Wikipedia

“The study, largely funded by a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, will evaluate potential expansion routes and make recommendations on upgrading the system’s vintage style streetcars, which are widely regarded as suitable for tourist trips but not a robust commuter service. The completed study will be submitted to the Federal Transit Authority to put the city …

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After weeks of negotiations, Congress finalizes 5-year transportation bill

PinellasCo Bridge

“In its first year, the approximately $300 billion bill increases spending on highways by $2.1 billion above current levels. By the final year, in 2020, the bump will be $6.1 billion above the approximately $50 billion that has been spent in recent years. Spending on transit will go from the current $8.6 billion to almost $10.6 billion in 2020” See …

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New Report: The Impacts of Highway Congestion

Congestion Near Sunny Isles (Miami)

Mid-size metropolitan areas like Austin and Tampa have joined the Top-50 list of the country’s worst “bottlenecks” during the last 10 years. According to AASHTO, the solution involves a multi-modal approach that includes mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle trails, commuter rail, water ways and greater highway capacity. (See news update below)

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Plans for Westshore transit center back on the table

modern high speed train

“If constructed, the center would be used as a hub for transit to Tampa International Airport, a depot for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority buses and as a station if a light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) system were to connect Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in the future.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/plans-for-westshore-multimodal-transit-center-back-on-the-table/2252936By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF …

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New nonprofit Walk Bike Tampa calls for zero-fatality transportation network

Biker on Road

“Supporters said a Vision Zero approach to a road like Busch Boulevard, which is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Transportation, could include steps like lowering the speed limit, adding high-visibility crosswalks (a possibility being reviewed by the FDOT), adding medians and banning left turns to and from N Boulevard.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/transportation/new-nonprofit-walk-bike-tampa-calls-for-zero-fatality-transportation/2251841By: RICHARD …

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CSX tracks may be route to commuter rail’s future

CSX Tracks - West HillsCo

“CSX would sell the rail rights of way to the Florida Department of Transportation. Only the railroad’s Clearwater subdivision, the east-west line, and the Brooksville subdivision, the north-south line, would be involved. The railroad’s line that moves down Polk Street to South Tampa and its lines running toward Port Tampa Bay and Polk County and beyond would not be included.” …

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Gonzmart: ‘I’m a supporter of light rail and I’m willing to pay for part of it’

Light Rail

“Mass transit is a hot topic among business and civic leaders. Hillsborough County is laying the groundwork for a sales tax referendum to fund transit initiatives in 2016. Strategic Property Partners, the real estate company controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC, has said it’s willing to take a “leadership role” in improving and possibly …

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Local group pushes to make Tampa streets safer and penalties for drivers tougher

Ped Sign

“The group is also pushing for tougher penalties for drivers, even though in most pedestrian crashes, it’s typically the pedestrian who is found at fault for walking into traffic . . . . While FDOT took measures to improve Hillsborough Avenue leaders say they’ll also be studying Busch boulevard in the near future to see if more crosswalks are needed.” …

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CSX’s offer finally opens the door to commuter rail in Tampa Bay

Rail Road (ESRP)

“There is precedent in Miami and Orlando for converting freight lines to commuter rail. And no, it’s not light rail. It doesn’t require building brand-new rail infrastructure on top of existing development.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/csxs-offer-finally-opens-the-door-to-commuter-rail-in-tampa-bay/2248337By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Jeff Vinik Billion-Dollar Project To Redevelop Channelside District In Tampa, FL

Tampa - River Front

“Vinik is on record as hoping to land a Fortune 500 company to become one of the signature companies to locate inside his development. But on Friday he said that while that remains a top goal, his company also wants to bring in companies that will bring high-paying jobs to the area, and if that means a company’s regional headquarters …

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