Tag Archives: Transportation Funding

Selmon Extension connecting Hillsborough and Pinellas opens

Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Extension

“The extension stands 30-feet above the ground and is a 1.9-mile toll lane seamlessly connecting Hillsborough and Pinellas County . . . cost about $230 million to build, but no taxpayer dollars were used. Toll revenues and bonds fully funded the project.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Wslupecki / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/04/19/selmon-extension-connecting-hillsborough-and-pinellas-opensBy: …

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program

“The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly …

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Florida Supreme Court rules Hillsborough County’s ‘All for Transportation’ tax unconstitutional

Downtown Tampa Road Work Sign

“In a ruling posted on Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court has struck down Hillsborough County’s one-cent transportation sales tax. The justices ruled 4 to 1 that the restrictions on how the revenue collected from the tax could be spent are unconstitutional.” See More . . . Source: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/florida-supreme-court-rules-hillsborough-countys-all-for-transportation-tax-unconstitutional By: Jillian Ramos

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FDOT To Begin Construction On Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-95 and Viera Boulevard

“During 2017, FDOT will begin construction on a new Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-95 and Viera Boulevard for which The Viera Company funded nearly $1 million in design and permitting and is donating the necessary right of way land.” See More . . . Source: http://spacecoastdaily.com/2016/12/fdot-to-begin-construction-on-diverging-diamond-interchange-at-i-95-and-viera-boulevard/By: Space Coast Daily

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

“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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TBO Editorial: Hillsborough needs mobility fees

“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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The Infrastructure Bill: What It Means for Business

“Increased infrastructure spending is a key component to making America great again.” See More . . . Source: MBACentral.org

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

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

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

“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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