Transportation News/Articles

Chances for Tampa area bus system merger dwindling

“In addition, Pinellas County is moving ahead on its own with a major new project, scheduling a 2014 referendum on a sales tax to replace a property tax as a way to raise money for improved bus service and a new light-rail system.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/chances-for-tampa-area-bus-system-merger-dwindling-20131104/By: Ted Jackovics | Tribune Staff

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On-Demand Car Service Hopes to Transform Santa Barbara’s Taxi Transportation Market

“Uber, which first launched in San Francisco in 2009, hires independent contractors to transport up to four passengers in the drivers’ own pre-inspected cars, which don’t have running meters.” See More . . . Source: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_barbara_on-demand_car_service_taxi_20131028By: Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer

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FDOT secretary re-affirms new Howard Frankland could accommodate light rail

“The bridge was built in 1959 and is structurally worn. Current plans include swapping out the bridge with a new one that looks much similar. But the new design would include room on either the side or middle lanes for “transit envelopes,” or spaces where busses, tolled express lanes or a light rail could fit.” See More . . . …

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Citrus, Hernando reach agreement to move forward with transportation planning

“While the counties have been talking about the merger individually for months, Wednesday was the first time they met together. The merger opens up transportation funding programs for Citrus that Hernando has taken advantage of for years.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/citrus-hernando-reach-agreement-to-move-forward-with-transportation/2150042By: BARBARA BEHRENDT, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Transportation key to improving health care

“According to the Federal Transit Administration, about 3.6 million Americans skip or delay non-emergency medical care every year because of issues with transportation. Their doctor’s office may not be conveniently reachable by public transit — or they may have trouble transporting their entire family when child care is unavailable.” See More . . . Source: http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/columns/transportation-key-to-improving-health-care/article_0992b040-4035-11e3-8808-0019bb2963f4.htmlBy: FLORA M. CASTILLO – …

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Flashback: A look at Chicago transportation, from the horse-drawn omnibus to elevated trains

“The omnibus broke onto the scene in the mid-19th century. It was simple: a wagon, which seated about 20 to 30 people, pulled by a horse or mule or two. An early letter to the editor posited: These would be great if they ran on a schedule and the price was the same from day to day and bus to …

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RideCommand app makes Tampa Bay taxis easy and affordable

“RideCommand gives users the ability to plan both immediate and scheduled rides, by booking an “economy sedan” for long and short rides at a competitive price, while following all the regulations set under the Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission.” See More . . . Source: http://www.saintpetersblog.com/ridecommand-app-makes-tampa-bay-taxis-easy-and-affordableBy: Phil Ammann

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SHELL: OIL ON THE WAY OUT

“By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free and towards the end of the century an extensive hydrogen infrastructure rollout displaces oil demand for long haul and heavy loads. By this time, electricity and hydrogen may dominate, and affordable, plug-in, hybrid hydrogen vehicles offer the ultimate in flexibility and efficiency.” See More . . . Source: http://evobsession.com/shell-oil-way/By: ZACH

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He’s at It Again: Elon Musk Buys James Bond’s Submarine and Has Big Plans for It

“This time, Musk is pushing the boundaries of travel by visiting the past. Last month, he purchased a car-turned-submarine from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me for just shy of $1 million. Musk says he plans to drop a Tesla engine inside the vehicle and turn it into a submarine that converts into a drivable car.” …

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Pinellas transit planners working out details for future transportation hubs

“ST. PETERSBURG — Transportation planners are drawing up plans for the 16 rail stations that could be built between St. Petersburg and Clearwater if voters approve a penny sales tax referendum next fall and are trying to enact the needed zoning changes so the transit hubs eventually can anchor bustling commercial centers.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/pinellas-transit-planners-working-out-details-for-future-transportation-hubs-20131014/By: Kate …

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