Transportation News/Articles

Volocopter Visits Tampa International Airport for Flight Testing

Volocopter(Frankfurt) Wikimedia

“This marks the first-ever flight test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in an operational and large international airport in the U.S., and the first eVTOL test in the state of Florida. Additionally the participation of members of Congress and local government show the growing interest in aerial mobility. These type of demonstrations show eVTOL operations can …

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FDOT considers SunRail stops in Lakeland, Haines City, other Polk County cities

SunRail Winter Park-Ticket-Booths (ESRP)

“The current proposal would extend SunRail from its existing station in Poinciana, through Polk County to stops in Haines City, Davenport, Lake Alfred, Auburndale, and finally Lakeland, 37 miles away . . . . Much of the construction costs would be paid by the state and federal governments, but local governments would likely have to pay for everyday operations.” See …

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$1.75M federal grant awarded to city of Tampa will start office focused on regional infrastructure

ESRP - BRT Route St. Pete

“The U.S. Department of Transportation Build America Bureau grant will help bring all the planning of its top projects closer to a reality. The money will create a new regional infrastructure accelerator to help workshop different options to pay for transportation projects.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via esrpcorp.com/esrpblogText Source: https://news.yahoo.com/1-75m-federal-grant-awarded-021737264.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAEIczZqb2gYgU0FAYe6xVUyBbG7GHysaQvmtC6INYG9lXxQVb2rMPKvQVuPFNlGu00-55w6zUza8MMlP3BtImd3yI1L2od3GnSz_oOfr3jOBH9H1B5LHQi6FGLIEIIKz4tw5GvdWe7p4KEHFQsp7TsE4zTjeSg-ZQmbp_JZHbBU_By: Briona …

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Plan to expand Selmon Expressway to Big Bend Road moves forward

Selmon Ext @ WestShore Blvd

“While transportation leaders didn’t commit to a timeline of when this project would be completed, during their presentation, 2045 was listed as the projected date when this and other projects — such as U.S. 301, U.S. 41 and Interstate 75 — would be finished” See More . . . Image: Derivative of Photo By Wslupecki / CC BY-SA 4.0, via …

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FDOT plans state’s first wildlife crossing overpass across I-4 in Polk County

Wildlife Overpass Alberta

“For the last 50 years since I-4 was built, it has been a barrier to wildlife movement. FDOT’s proposed wildlife crossing overpass will improve the access animals have to their habitats on both sides of the interstate . . . The $11.9 million dollar wildlife overpass will be the first in the state solely for wildlife use. FDOT determined that …

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Alaska Airlines announces hydrogen-electric partnership with ZeroAvia

Zero Avia Airplane Front

“ZeroAvia will retrofit a retired 76-seat Q400 – formerly flown by Alaska’s regional subsidiary Horizon Airlines – with electric motors driven by hydrogen fuel cells . . . ZeroAvia says that combining the MegaCore motor with a higher-temperature fuel cell and stacks of power inverters will give the company enough power to fly an aircraft as big as the Q400 …

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Florida Uber And Lyft Drivers To Stop Work On Friday At Major Airports

Lyft_Suitcase

“According to a release, with simultaneous rallies and work stoppages at airports in Orlando, Miami, and Tampa, Florida rideshare drivers are uniting in a historic statewide effort to win higher wages, an end to unfair app company deactivations, safety improvements, and a union for Uber & Lyft Drivers.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Lyft / Media Kit, …

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New Tampa Bay Ferries Alliance Continues Area Public Transportation Vision

Electric Ferry - Wikimedia

“The Tampa Bay Ferries Alliance’s initial goals are to secure expedited permanent ferry service in the Tampa Bay region, including a commuter connection between South Hillsborough County and MacDill Air Force Base alongside service between St. Petersburg, Tampa and South Hillsborough County.” See More . . . Image: Derivative of Photo By Erik Christensen / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia …

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High-speed train from California to Las Vegas gains more support

Train Station (ESRP)

“The lawmakers have asked the Biden administration to speed up the delivery of federal funds that would help a private company — Florida-based Brightline — begin laying the tracks for the proposed $10 billion project, called Brightline West . . . Brightline has asked for $3.75 billion in federal cash connected to the Biden administration’s federal infrastructure law.” See More …

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Changes to Florida transportation bill could now target Disney’s monorail system

Disney Monorail @ Epcot (ESRP)

“The committee-proposed amendment would require DOT oversight of the monorail and other fixed-guideway transportation systems . . . It would also give the state the authority to shut down the systems during inspection” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via esrpcorp.com/esrpblogText Source: https://www.wfla.com/news/politics/changes-to-florida-transportation-bill-could-now-target-disneys-monorail-system/By: Rachel Tucker (WFLA News Channel 8 On Your Side – …

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