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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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Bus Project Finds a Way Around China’s Traffic Jams: Gliding Above Them

Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) - 001

“The bus, powered in part by solar energy, would run on tracks, carrying up to 1,200 passengers in raised compartments that can glide over the traffic below. Critics at the time it was first unveiled questioned whether the hovering bus could interact safely with other vehicles.” See More . . . Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/asia/china-elevated-bus.html?_r=0By: EMILY FENG – The New York Times

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

TransMilenio 002 - Wikipedia

“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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New federal transportation bill boosts road, transit funding in Tampa Bay area

Port Tampa Bay - WP

“For years, Congress has implemented only stopgap measures to keep transportation funding afloat, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. The FAST Act will invest $281 billion in local communities across the country over the next five years, boosting Florida’s share of the federal highway funding by more than $890 million, she said.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/transportation/new-federal-transportation-bill-boosts-road-transit-funding-in-tampa-bay-area-20151208/By: Yvette C. …

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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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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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Hillsborough transportation plan leaves room for light rail

Light Rail - Wikipedia

“The city is largely built out, so Tampa isn’t looking to build roads. Instead, the city will likely spend a “high percentage” of its cut on transit, the mayor said, which could mean building a rail line linking downtown to the West Shore business district and Tampa International Airport.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/hillsborough-transportation-plan-leaves-room-for-light-rail/2233663By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF …

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Hillsborough approves $1.4 billion in transportation improvement projects

HillsAve @ Veterans

“The largest chunk of funding, 40 percent, is dedicated to ports, airports and freight rail. Intersection and signalization projects make up the next biggest pot, accounting for 19 percent of the $1.4 billion.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/hillsborough-approves-14-billion-in-transportation-improvement-projects/2232039By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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