Transportation News/Articles

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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FDOT providing $1 million for Tampa streetcar study

“Mayor Bob Buckhorn has long advocated turning the struggling TECO Line from a tourist-friendly amenity into an urban transit option. That committment took on new life with Jeff Vinik’s plan for a $1 billion downtown development.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/transportation/fdot-providing-1-million-for-tampa-streetcar-study-20150422/By: TBO.com staff

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Citizens’ input helps ID Hillsborough transportation needs

“Putting a sales tax increase on the November 2016 ballot is a highly political choice. Though voters will make the final decision, the county commission’s five Republicans will face fierce headwinds from the more conservative members of their own party. Even Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who strongly supports a referendum next year, said the vote would probably fail if held …

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Shrinking airline seats draw attention of U.S. transport committee

“At issue is the move by many carriers toward higher density aircraft. Airlines around the world, including American Airlines, KLM, Air France and Emirates among others, are expanding their high-cost, high-margin first and business class sections, but they don’t want to cut back on the number of paying passengers in economy. So they’re installing lighter, narrower seats and squeezing rows …

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USF may test Tampa’s highway of the future

“In order to develop and test a highway of the future in Tampa, the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has applied for a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant that would allow the expressway authority to transform about a mile of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway into a connected highway system. ” See More . . . Source: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/863796/USF-may-test-Tampas-highway-of-the-futurBy: The Oracle (USF) …

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Tampa area ranked 11th in nation for traffic congestion

“Using commuter information gleaned from car and truck GPS systems and smart phone apps, TomTom, a leading manufacturer of car navigation systems, gathers data for various times of the 24-hour period to determine when people are stuck in traffic and for how long. Using those parameters, the index rates Tampa 84th on the planet for congestion. Miami is the only …

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