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In Florida, no permit needed for driverless cars, state senator says

“in 2016, the Florida Legislature passed new rules that eliminated some of the requirements, including the $5 million in insurance. The new law also got rid of the requirement that a human operator be present in the vehicle, as long as an operator can be alerted in case of technology failure and stop the vehicle.” See More . . . …

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Tampa, once dubbed dangerous for bicycling, now one of ’50 Best’ in U.S.

“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

“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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Tampa mayor blasts Public Transportation Commission, supports Uber, Lyft

“On Wednesday the Hillsbourough County Public Transportation Commission is set to discuss tough new rules for the ride-hailing services. The PTC wants to require fingerprint background checks for drivers, a minimum of a seven-minute wait for each ride and a minimum $7 fair.” See More . . . Source: http://wfla.com/2016/09/12/tampa-mayor-plans-to-weigh-in-on-proposed-regulations-for-uber-and-lyft/By: Jeff Patterson – News Channel 8

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Despite opposition Uber fights for Tampa business

“Uber has been battling restrictions from the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) and may have found a way to remain in Tampa regardless of the upcoming vote on regulating not only Uber but other transportation network companies as well. The PTC cannot regulate food delivery services, which means UberEATS technically will not be under its jurisdiction, allowing the company …

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

“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

“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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Uber, PSTA poised to introduce free ride program this week

“The free Uber service will be available to Pinellas County residents earning 150 percent or less of the federal poverty level who do not own or have access to a car or rides from family members. Income levels qualifying are $17,655 or less annually for a single person or $36,375 for a family of four. The service will be available …

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New Mexico City Airport Project

The projected Mexico City Airport, which is expected to be in full operation by 2020, will be a “national symbol” (as stated by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto in his State of the Union address on September 2, 2014).    

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

“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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