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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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Tampa looking at downtown shuttles on busy weekends

“Mayor Bob Buckhorn said further steps could include adjusting the timing of traffic lights to handle surges of traffic into and out of downtown and ensuring enough police officers are assigned to control traffic. He said the city also ought to make better use of signs to direct traffic, encourage visitors to think about parking in garages in Ybor City …

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

“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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Downtown Tampa will get Zipcar service, on-demand shuttle

“Zipcar operates in more than 30 major metropolitan markets, and more than 500 college campuses, and in more than 50 airports. The company cites a Transportation Research Board/National Academy of Sciences study that found each shared car takes about 15 private cars off the road.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/business/downtown-tampa-will-get-zipcar-service-on-demand-shuttle-20160426/By: Jerome R. Stockfisch | Tribune Staff

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U.S. 301 sidewalks may open to golf carts, this time legally

“For years, retirees in Ellenton’s mobile home parks have preferred to use their golf carts for short errands to stores, pharmacies, the library and the post office. To avoid getting on busy U.S. 301, they prefer to drive on the sidewalks. Yet sheriff’s deputies started issuing warnings, telling residents they were breaking the law.” See More . . . Source: …

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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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Tampa to spend $560,000 on free electric shuttles for downtown

“Tampa’s funds for the shuttle will come from the community redevelopment areas for downtown and the Channel District. Inside those CRAs, property taxes generated by new growth are channeled into public projects to support further growth. The downtown CRA will put in $440,000, with the remaining $120,000 coming from the Channel District CRA.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/tampa-to-consider-spending-560000-on-free-electric-shuttles-for-downtown/2273198By: …

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So Much for Peak VMT

“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

“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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State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs

“2016 survey of departments of transportation found that 17 State DOTs have either researched, tested and/or used UAVs for bridge inspections, accident clearance, surveying, fotography or for identifying, monitoring and mitigating risks posed by land slides, rock slides or flooding.” See More . . . Source: https://youtu.be/ppvL5CZqumM?list=PLl2me4cCqyo-FvWEpHOgp3wDSsdJg0BH_By: AASHTO – Transportation TV

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