Transportation News/Articles

L.A. Metro’s Better Bus Program aims to elevate the bus riding experience

“The goals of Better Bus are to speed up the buses on streets, improve the ease and convenience of riding the bus, and improve the safety and comfort while waiting at bus stops as well as on board buses. The elements of the plan seek to address persistent issues that riders have long complained about.” See More . . . …

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FDOT considering using more in-road solar lights to deter wrong-way drivers at freeway exit ramps

“The Florida Department of Transportation is now considering using Internally Illuminated Reflective Pavement Markers (IIRPMs) as an additional countermeasure to deter wrong-way drivers from entering freeway off-ramps. This is in addition to the flashing signs that are already used. . . The Tampa Bay area has been the site of several recent deadly wrong-way crashes, including one that killed Tampa …

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New transportation service helps those in need catch a ride throughout the Tampa Bay area

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“Qualified participants pay a $6 flat fee for a ride anywhere in the Tampa Bay region, serving Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The service is provided by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) using grant money from the state. People may qualify due to disability, age, or income.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / …

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Brightline reveals cost details and route choices for Disney service in 5 years

Brightline Train

“Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Transportation announced a deadline of mid-summer for Brightline to secure cooperation with federal, state and local agencies for the planned extension from Orlando’s airport to a Tampa station. Local agencies owning land or having a say in a Brightline corridor include the expressway authority, the airport authority, Orlando Utilities Commission and the commission …

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Tampa Bay has a history of deadly wrong-way crashes, like the one that killed a Tampa police officer

Wrong-Way Sign

“FDOT is working to install systems to reduce the fatal crashes. . . When triggered, sensors inform FDOT, which monitors the system 24/7. Florida Highway Patrol is then alerted, and overhead highway signs warn drivers about the potential threat. Flashing lights warn the wrong-way driver to turn around.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Coolcaesar / CC BY-SA …

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Florida Transportation Officials Place Brightline Under the Gun

Brightline Train

“According to FDOT, this is the sixth request for an extension of lease negotiations for Brightline to build a rail line in a highway right-of-way. But those negotiations were halted March 27, 2020, after Gov. Ron Desantis issued an executive order stopping Brightline’s and other such processes around the state, due to the pandemic. Two days before that, Brightline suspended …

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FL: Tampa Bay’s step toward regional express bus service | Editorial

Express Bus

“Bus rapid transit lines, or BRT, typically operate in dedicated lanes, making them less susceptible to congestion delays. As proposed, the rapid buses would travel in their own dedicated lanes for 31 miles of the 41-mile line. Almost the entire route would run along Interstate 275, with 13 stops between downtown St. Petersburg and Wesley Chapel, with major connections in …

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Florida authorities tell Brightline to lock down Orlando-Tampa passenger-train plan by mid-summer

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“The corridor preferred by Brightline has come with multiple, overlapping issues. Those include the need for cooperation with Central Florida’s SunRail commuter system, for an agreement with the Central Florida Expressway Authority, or CFX, for use of space along its toll-road system, affirmation from the authority governing Orlando International Airport and approval from Orlando Utilities Commission for use of coal-train rail …

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Transportation leaders sound the alarm on speeding, aggressive driving

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“New numbers from Forward Pinellas show crashes caused by speeding are up 60% in particular periods of 2020 versus 2019. Leaders at the Florida Department of Transportation say speeding has become a contributing factor in one-third of all fatal crashes . . . Law enforcement across Tampa Bay plan to step up patrols, but they hope you’ll help too by …

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Volvo says it will be ‘fully electric’ by 2030 and move car sales online

Volvo 2021

“In order to meet its target, the company will look to remove cars with internal combustion engines — including hybrids — from its global offering by the end of the decade. The Chinese-owned automotive giant launched its first all-electric car last year. In the mid-term, it wants half of global sales to be fully electric by 2025, with hybrids accounting …

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