Transportation News/Articles

High-speed rail construction could start next month near Madera

“An elevated viaduct near Madera will likely be one of the first major pieces of tangible construction for California’s proposed high-speed rail line, with work starting as early as next month.” See More . . . Source: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/07/3865619/valley-high-speed-rail-construction.html By: TIM SHEEHAN – The Fresno Bee

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Lyft Car Service Starts in Tampa, Fla.

“People who have cars and can pass a background check can sign up to be Lyft drivers. People who need rides download the Lyft smart phone app, signal they need a ride, and then see potential driver profiles — photos and car models included. If there’s a mutually acceptable match, the driver picks up the passenger and Lyft handles all …

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Bill would pave way for Uber in Tampa area

“Uber uses a smartphone app to hookup paid drivers with customers looking for a ride. Taxi and traditional limousine companies oppose the bill.” See More . . . Source: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Bill-would-pave-way-for-Uber-in-Tampa-area-5377133.phpBy: westport-news.com

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FL: Crist Says Florida Should Put HSR Back on Track

“Charlie Crist wants to bring the high-speed rail plan back to the Orlando-Tampa corridor, three years after Gov. Rick Scott canceled it and President Barack Obama redistributed its $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to other states.” See More . . . Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-crist-at-orlando-fundraiser-20140403,0,7467651.storyBy: Scott Powers (ORLANDO SENTINEL – Reporter, Sr)

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I-75 in Pasco County Set to Widen

“Work is set to begin later this month on a 7.8 mile stretch of I-75 just north of State Road 52 to the Pasco/Hernando County Line. In May, construction crews will begin work on an additional 6.7 mile segment of the interstate, from north of County Road 54 to north of State Road 52.” See More . . . Source: …

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AASHTO Transportation TV – Focus on Highway Trust Fund Crisis

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SunRail to Offer Free Rides in Mid-April

“The details are still in flux, but SunRail officials intend to open the doors of SunRail at no charge from April 15-18 and 21-25 to promote the official May 1 launch.” See More . . . Source: http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11328415/sunrail-to-offer-free-rides-in-mid-aprilBy: DAN TRACY (SOURCE: ORLANDO SENTINEL)

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2014 AASHTO Washington Briefing

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Public Transit Ridership Up Nationally

“The numbers in Tampa Bay are up as well, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) closing last year with about 14.5 million rides.” See More . . . Source: http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/public-transit-ridership-nationallyBy: Yoselis Ramos

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Dozen agencies try to be heard in Hillsborough transit plan

“There’s HART and TBARTA, the MPO and the PTC. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority plays a role. So do county government and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/dozen-agencies-try-to-be-heard-in-hillsborough-transit-plan/2169304 By: SHELLEY ROSSETTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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