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

Downtown Tampa Event

“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

Clearwater Beach Hotels

“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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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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In bid for $40 million federal grant, St. Pete looks to gondolas, Tampa to smart technology

Gondola Station - Mod

“St. Petersburg’s proposed gondola line would head south along Fourth Street from the Gateway area than head west along First avenues N and S, with a spur to Tyrone Boulevard and on to Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. Another spur would go south along 34th Street through the Skyway Marina District and end at Eckerd College.” See More . …

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Talks brewing for aerial cable cars to Clearwater Beach

Aerial Cable Car - Barcelona

“The San Diego Association of Governments in October approved a $204 billion, 35-year development plan that includes a skyway gondola system among other highway and rail projects. The technology can cost between $3 million and $12 million a mile compared to $36 million a mile for light rail systems, strategist and gondola advocate Michael McDaniel told Marketplace radio in 2013. …

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Idea of building elevated lanes over Gandy Boulevard in Tampa gets new life

Gandy Bridge - WP (Mod)

“Estimates put current traffic counts on Gandy at 48,000 cars and trucks a day. When the expressway authority looked at this project once before, it projected the elevated lanes would carry 18,900 vehicles a day. In 2009, a study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research concluded that the elevated lanes would save gas and time …

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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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Stuck in traffic: Tampa Bay sees no congestion improvement in recent years

Congestion + BikeLane - Wikipedia (Mod)

“It could be worse. A lot worse. Commuters in the Washington, D.C. area, suffered more than those in any other metro area with more than twice the congestion costs — $1,834 — of time and money that Tampa Bay drivers endured. Within Florida, Tampa Bay’s congestions costs ranked third, less than larger Miami and tourist-choked Orlando, but more than Jacksonville.” …

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Commuting in Tampa Bay Going it alone

Tampa Bay Roads

“Tampa Bay averaged a miniscule percentage of workers commuting to jobs via public transportation, 1.4 percent or 16,380 daily transit trips. By comparison, South Florida’s average was more than double, at 3.8 percent. Both lagged far behind the national average of 5.2 percent.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/tampa-bay-commuters-mired-in-their-cars-as-other-cities-find-traveling/2243372By: TAMPA BAY TIMES

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