Transportation News/Articles

Despite opposition Uber fights for Tampa business

“Uber has been battling restrictions from the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) and may have found a way to remain in Tampa regardless of the upcoming vote on regulating not only Uber but other transportation network companies as well. The PTC cannot regulate food delivery services, which means UberEATS technically will not be under its jurisdiction, allowing the company …

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A victim of its own success, Tampa looking at free downtown shuttle on busiest weekends

“One thing that’s in the works is expanding the use of the In-Towner, a trolley-style HART bus that now runs on a loop providing free rides between downtown destinations on weekdays, to big-event weekends as well. The idea would be to run the shuttle between venues and more remote garages and lots, which often have available capacity.” See More . …

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Clearwater council kills one-way streets for beach to appease residents

“After the 16 additional hotels currently under development orders are built, delays could shoot to 8.3 minutes per vehicle if nothing is done — with one-way streets, that could be reduced to 46 seconds per vehicle, according to traffic operations manager Paul Bertels.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/clearwater-council-kills-one-way-streets-for-beach-to-appease-residents/2288337By: TRACEY MCMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Uber, PSTA poised to introduce free ride program this week

“The free Uber service will be available to Pinellas County residents earning 150 percent or less of the federal poverty level who do not own or have access to a car or rides from family members. Income levels qualifying are $17,655 or less annually for a single person or $36,375 for a family of four. The service will be available …

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New Mexico City Airport Project

The projected Mexico City Airport, which is expected to be in full operation by 2020, will be a “national symbol” (as stated by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto in his State of the Union address on September 2, 2014).    

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Tampa looking at downtown shuttles on busy weekends

“Mayor Bob Buckhorn said further steps could include adjusting the timing of traffic lights to handle surges of traffic into and out of downtown and ensuring enough police officers are assigned to control traffic. He said the city also ought to make better use of signs to direct traffic, encourage visitors to think about parking in garages in Ybor City …

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U.S. 301 sidewalks may open to golf carts, this time legally

“For years, retirees in Ellenton’s mobile home parks have preferred to use their golf carts for short errands to stores, pharmacies, the library and the post office. To avoid getting on busy U.S. 301, they prefer to drive on the sidewalks. Yet sheriff’s deputies started issuing warnings, telling residents they were breaking the law.” See More . . . Source: …

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Hillsborough commissioners approve $905 million list of transportation projects; now comes the hard part

“In a letter to the county, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn reiterated the city intends to spend $90 million to expand the streetcar that connects Channelside to Ybor City and to build a transit line from downtown to Tampa International Airport. HART will spend nearly $300 million through 2026 on improving bus service by expanding and introducing new lines.” See More …

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Tampa to spend $560,000 on free electric shuttles for downtown

“Tampa’s funds for the shuttle will come from the community redevelopment areas for downtown and the Channel District. Inside those CRAs, property taxes generated by new growth are channeled into public projects to support further growth. The downtown CRA will put in $440,000, with the remaining $120,000 coming from the Channel District CRA.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/tampa-to-consider-spending-560000-on-free-electric-shuttles-for-downtown/2273198By: …

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So Much for Peak VMT

“While not surpassing the prior peak per capita travel levels of the past decade of over 10,000 miles per year per person, per capita VMT nonetheless showed substantial growth during a time when the economy was far from robust” See More . . . Source: http://www.planetizen.com/node/84877/so-much-peak-vmtBy: STEVEN POLZIN

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