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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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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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NYC, Tampa & I-80 will be smarter cities with connected car CV Pilot

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“The USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program goal is testing and deploying connected vehicle technologies in physical, real-world environments. The CV Pilots are designed to address transportation and mobility challenges by examining how connected technologies like those provided by Savari and Autotalks can better connect transportation assets into an interactive network.” See More . . . Source: http://www.autoconnectedcar.com/2016/04/nyc-tampa-i-80-will-be-smarter-cities-with-connected-car-cv-pilot/By: Bryan Jonston

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

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“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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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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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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Another reason Tampa Bay needs mass transit: Fewer people are getting drivers’ licenses

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“If this persists, a good chunk of the country’s population, and especially the younger adults that make up our future workforce, will choose to live where there is quality mass transit not only because they want to — but because they have to in order to get around without a car.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/business/another-reason-tampa-bay-needs-mass-transit-fewer-people-are-getting/2261988By: ROBERT TRIGAUX, …

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In shadow of Uber and Lyft, car sharing tries to shape a future in Tampa Bay

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“Zipcar currently operates eight cars in Tampa, with pickup and dropoff locations at the University of Tampa, the Tampa Marriott Westshore and at the Payless Car Rental near the airport. Plans are in the works to have a few cars available to rent at luxury apartment building SkyHouse in Channelside, said Smokshane West, the Florida market manager for Zipcar. Residents …

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

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“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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