Transportation News/Articles

40 years in the making, new section of Tampa’s Riverwalk set to open

“The new over-the-water promenade goes north from MacDill Park under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. For shade, it has several large fabric awnings stretched over rows of whale-ribbed frames. It’s also been designed for underwater lights with motion sensors that change colors as people pass by.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/40-years-in-the-making-new-section-of-tampas-riverwalk-opens-today/2223073By: RICHARD DANIELSON, TIMES …

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Water transportation options growing in downtown Tampa

“The city has recognized the importance of the water lapping its downtown shore. And with that, new enterprises: vessels for hire. From rentals to tour boats to a plain ol’ get-from-one-end-of-the-Riverwalk-to-the-other water taxi, the waters around downtown are alive with the sounds of motors.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/water-transportation-options-growing-in-downtown-tampa-20150301/?page=1By: Keith Morelli | Tribune Staff

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Tampa council races focus on transportation, neighborhoods

“Of the all the council races, District 6 has been the most contentious. And even though city elections are supposed to be non-partisan, it’s also the one that has featured the most discussion of the candidates’ political party affiliations. (Toledo is a Republican. Maniscalco is a Democrat and Castellano is registered as an independent, but both previously were Republicans.)” See …

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Long road ahead as Gandy Boulevard commuters await improvement

“When complete, a six-lane elevated road — three lanes in each direction — will run from east of Interstate 275 to west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The elevated road will then continue as four lanes — two in each direction — from west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to east of Fourth Street.” See More …

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I-4 Ultimate update: When you can expect to see work happening

“The project is expected to have an average of about 2,000 craft workers on-site when construction peaks in 2016, and a total of 140 bridges will be built or improved during construction. Additionally, the project will include the smoothing out of the notorious Fairbanks Curve in Winter Park, and will involve reconstructing the State Road 408 interchanges in downtown Orlando.” …

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Tampa awarded grant to create ‘Quiet Zone’ downtown

“In order to silence the train horn, the mayor’s office says Tampa plans to upgrade nine public highway-rail crossings through downtown Tampa from North Jefferson Street to Doyle Carlton Drive.” See More . . . Source: By: FOX 13 Tampa Bay Staff

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As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe’s example

“As the design process moves to center stage, California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. The arrival of high-speed rail can provide opportunities to transform adjacent station areas and reshape local economies through thoughtful planning and policies that integrate the railway stops with the …

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5 Bills Your Smartphone Can Eliminate

“If you live in a city near a mass transit line, it’s worth considering your options when it comes to transportation. You may just find that a life without a car is very possible, and your smartphone makes that life far easier than you might think.” See More . . . Source: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2015/01/13/5-bills-your-smartphone-can-eliminateBy: Trent Hamm

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Hillsborough regulators seek support from courts against Uber, Lyft

“The companies use smartphone apps to allow riders to summon nearby drivers who use their own cars. Both argue that they are technology companies, not transportation companies, and thus don’t fall under the rules administered by the PTC. Temple Terrace city council member David Pogorilich made the motion, calling it the next logical step after neither company altered its operations …

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DOT chief: 30-year transport analysis a ‘wake-up call’

“Lawmakers are searching for ways to pay for a long-term extension of the measure. However, thus far there is no consensus on a funding source beyond the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax, which has been used to fill the Transportation Department’s Highway Trust Fund since the 1950s . . . . . . . Foxx said he did not think the …

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