Transportation News/Articles

Flying blind(ly) into the future; Airbus

“The European airliner manufacturer Airbus Industrie recently took out a patent for an airliner design without the usual cockpit up front. The flight crew would be sited deep inside the belly of the fuselage, their visual input confined to video panels, to go with the all-electronic flight controls.” See More . . . Source: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2014/08/14/flying-blindly-into-the-future/ By: Gene Rochlin

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Even with the Threat of More Monster Storms, Shorelines Can Be Public Spaces

“These constructed ecosystems will provide a range of services. They will protect the shoreline and structures, stabilize the banks, help restore the ridges, divert sediment, and enable the creation of new marshes and channels.” See More . . . Source: http://dirt.asla.org/2014/08/12/even-with-the-threat-of-more-storms-shorelines-can-be-public-spaces/ By: Yoshi Silverstein

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Hillsborough says ride-share companies can operate, with restrictions

“The Public Transportation Commission of Hillsborough County announced it will allow ride-sharing services to operate as long as they charge customers a minimum of $30 and make them reserve service a half-hour in advance” See More . . .   Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2014/08/14/hillsborough-says-ride-share-companies-can-operate.html By: Salem Solomon

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Hillsborough elected officials divided on timing of potential transit tax

“Crist suggested watching how a similar referendum progresses in Pinellas County. If it fails this November, waiting until 2018 would let Hillsborough leaders make changes to improve the chance that their own referendum — which would help finance roads, buses, walkways and rail — would pass. County Commissioner Ken Hagan, who was re-elected this year without opposition, brought up concerns …

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Tampa looking into quiet zone for trains

“Trains lumbering through downtown Tampa, sometimes at 1AM and 3 AM in the morning are required to sound their horns when they cross intersections.There are multiple street crossings in the downtown area and downtown residents are complaining the blasts from the train horns are annoying.As the trains move through South Tampa, the horn blasts affect thousands of residents.Train horns are …

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Tampa Bay area one of worst for pedestrians, especially in poor neighborhoods

“State officials had been planning to install another crosswalk on that stretch of North Tampa’s Busch Boulevard, an urban highway that cuts through the impoverished neighborhood where Jayla, 8, was struck that Saturday morning and died the next day. But they hadn’t broken ground.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/especially-in-poor-neighborhoods-tampa-bay-area-one-of-worst-for/2192122By: Zack Peterson and Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writers

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Road clearing for ride-sharing in Tampa

“Unlike traditional taxis and limos that are strictly regulated by the commission, ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber work using a different model. Customers download an app on their smartphones and request a ride. Lyft, for instance, then shows a map of available drivers around town. If there’s a mutually acceptable match, the Lyft software dispatches a driver to the …

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Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M

“The expressway will eventually link Interstate 275 and U.S. 19, and the unfunded project has been moved forward by as much as 20 years.” See More . . . Source: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Price-tag-for-new-Tampa-area-expressway-is-454M-5658614.php By: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune

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Leaders unveil details of next transportation tax plan (TAMPA)

“For the past 14 months, Hillsborough County government leaders have been planning a radical transformation of the county’s transportation system to alleviate traffic jams and boost economic development. On Tuesday, the county unveiled the first definitive list of proposed projects from that effort. Among them: dedicated street lanes for express-type buses, the beginning of a light rail system from Westshore …

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Study: Skyway to hobble Tampa cruise industry

“The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing this week to release the results of a study examining four options to address the issue: do nothing, replace the Skyway, build a cruise ship terminal near the Hillsborough-Pinellas county line in Tampa Bay to avoid the bridge issue, or build a drawbridge at one end of the Skyway with a new channel …

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