Transportation News/Articles

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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Historic Hyperloop Vehicle to be Unveiled to the Public at the Smithsonian FUTURES Exhibition this Fall

Virgin Hyperloop

“By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions – completely transforming the way we live, work, and play. The world’s first passenger testing aboard the Pegasus vehicle brought this vision one step closer to reality, ushering in a new …

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Chinese £3,200 budget electric car takes on Tesla

EV Vehicles at Google Campus

“To promote EVs, the Chinese government offers license plates for free and they are guaranteed. In many cities, it can take months, if not years, to get a license plate for a petrol engine through various auction systems.” See More . . . Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56178802 By: By Justin Harper – Business reporter, BBC News

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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces FY 2021 Round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program

“The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration’s priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly …

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Florida Supreme Court rules Hillsborough County’s ‘All for Transportation’ tax unconstitutional

Downtown Tampa Road Work Sign

“In a ruling posted on Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court has struck down Hillsborough County’s one-cent transportation sales tax. The justices ruled 4 to 1 that the restrictions on how the revenue collected from the tax could be spent are unconstitutional.” See More . . . Source: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/florida-supreme-court-rules-hillsborough-countys-all-for-transportation-tax-unconstitutional By: Jillian Ramos

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Elon Musk’s tunnel crusade sparks new talk of a possible rail tunnel under Fort Lauderdale’s New River

Elon Musk

“The idea of building tunnels beneath cities isn’t a pipe dream for Musk, whose business The Boring Company is already digging a tunnel under Las Vegas and recently announced a massive expansion of that project.” See More . . . Image: Photo By FlickreviewR 2 / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Text Source: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-fort-lauderdale-new-silicon-valley-20210120-63fn3pshbbdwdpjzbwngz6lyam-story.html By: Chris Perkins (South Florida …

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