Transportation News/Articles

Hillsborough transportation plan leaves room for light rail

“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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Drivers ditch cars for national dump the pump day in Tampa Bay

“The pros include saving money, reducing your carbon footprint, creating jobs and reducing congestion. But after taking the bus for one day, our system has some serious needs for improvement. ” See More . . . Source: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/drivers-ditch-cars-for-national-dump-the-pump-day-in-tampa-bay#Drivers%20ditch%20cars%20for%20national%20dump%20the%20pump%20day%20in%20Tampa%20BayBy: Christie Post – ABC Action News

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Pasco to put SR 54/56 corridor back under the microscope

“The highway, as it approaches Interstate 75, is the busiest stretch of road in the county west of U.S. 19, with state traffic counts showing 57,500 vehicles passing through daily. Meanwhile, projections estimate a 55 percent population increase along the corridor over the next two decades.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/pasco-to-put-sr-5456-corridor-back-under-the-microscope/2234200By: C.T. BOWEN, PASCO TIMES COLUMNIST

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Hillsborough transportation officials express support for sales tax referendum

“While it stopped short of an official vote, the Policy Leadership Group overseeing transportation in Hillsborough County expressed support for a comprehensive plan that will ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase.” See More . . . Source: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

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Hillsborough approves $1.4 billion in transportation improvement projects

“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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Tampa all ready to synchonize its traffic lights

“The MPO went to the Florida Department of Transportation seeking funding for the project. The state DOT will provide 80 percent, using federal funding for the software system, fiber optics and other equipment, with Tampa contributing 20 percent. . . . . In the past, the same pot of federal funding has been used to widen Bruce B. Downs Boulevard …

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Tampa to spend $1.35 million to create downtown train horn ‘quiet zone’

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“Once the crossings are enhanced, CSX engineers will be able to travel through downtown without blasting their horns to warn motorists of their approach. Without a quiet zone, federal transportation rules require engineers to sound the horns 15 to 20 seconds before they reach a public crossing.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-could-spend-13-million-to-help-create-downtown-train-horn-quiet-zone/2229640By: RICHARD DANIELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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What Millennials Are Looking for in a City

“Many millennials desire to live within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops and concert venues; in fact, 18 percent of survey respondents choose their neighborhood based on how close they are to arts and entertainment. It eliminates the middleman, which is frequently a cab or an Uber, and makes last-minute plans easy. Walkability also alleviates the power of FOMO, or …

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Tampa forms group to cut greenhouse gases emissions

“Tampa has already taken steps to lower emissions. In 2014, Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled Tampa’s first five natural-gas garbage trucks, a more environmentally friendly alternative fuel source than diesel. The city also set a target of this year having roughly 25 trucks running on compressed natural gas, roughly 12 percent of its overall fleet.” See More . . . Source: …

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TBO Editorial: Transportation at a crossroads

“The county has more than $3 billion in immediate transportation needs — about $750 million in maintenance needs alone. By way of comparison, the county has spent $1.3 billion on transportation in the last 20 years. It can’t deal with its backlog of problems, much less meet future needs, with existing funding sources.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-editorials/transportation-at-a-crossroads-20150426/?page=1By: …

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