Transportation News/Articles

Another reason Tampa Bay needs mass transit: Fewer people are getting drivers’ licenses

“If this persists, a good chunk of the country’s population, and especially the younger adults that make up our future workforce, will choose to live where there is quality mass transit not only because they want to — but because they have to in order to get around without a car.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/business/another-reason-tampa-bay-needs-mass-transit-fewer-people-are-getting/2261988By: ROBERT TRIGAUX, …

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In shadow of Uber and Lyft, car sharing tries to shape a future in Tampa Bay

“Zipcar currently operates eight cars in Tampa, with pickup and dropoff locations at the University of Tampa, the Tampa Marriott Westshore and at the Payless Car Rental near the airport. Plans are in the works to have a few cars available to rent at luxury apartment building SkyHouse in Channelside, said Smokshane West, the Florida market manager for Zipcar. Residents …

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The (Other) Transportation Tech to Watch in 2016

“Always-on wireless communications between cars, and between cars and infrastructure, will almost certainly spread more quickly than driverless cars, while providing a lot of similar benefits in safety and efficiency. The Department of Transportation is expected to release its rules for V2V in early 2016, which will hopefully push the auto industry closer to a true standard.” See More . …

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Idea of building elevated lanes over Gandy Boulevard in Tampa gets new life

“Estimates put current traffic counts on Gandy at 48,000 cars and trucks a day. When the expressway authority looked at this project once before, it projected the elevated lanes would carry 18,900 vehicles a day. In 2009, a study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research concluded that the elevated lanes would save gas and time …

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New federal transportation bill boosts road, transit funding in Tampa Bay area

“For years, Congress has implemented only stopgap measures to keep transportation funding afloat, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. The FAST Act will invest $281 billion in local communities across the country over the next five years, boosting Florida’s share of the federal highway funding by more than $890 million, she said.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/transportation/new-federal-transportation-bill-boosts-road-transit-funding-in-tampa-bay-area-20151208/By: Yvette C. …

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Tampa spending $1.2M to study streetcar as commuter option

“The study, largely funded by a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, will evaluate potential expansion routes and make recommendations on upgrading the system’s vintage style streetcars, which are widely regarded as suitable for tourist trips but not a robust commuter service. The completed study will be submitted to the Federal Transit Authority to put the city …

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After weeks of negotiations, Congress finalizes 5-year transportation bill

“In its first year, the approximately $300 billion bill increases spending on highways by $2.1 billion above current levels. By the final year, in 2020, the bump will be $6.1 billion above the approximately $50 billion that has been spent in recent years. Spending on transit will go from the current $8.6 billion to almost $10.6 billion in 2020” See …

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New Report: The Impacts of Highway Congestion

Mid-size metropolitan areas like Austin and Tampa have joined the Top-50 list of the country’s worst “bottlenecks” during the last 10 years. According to AASHTO, the solution involves a multi-modal approach that includes mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle trails, commuter rail, water ways and greater highway capacity. (See news update below)

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Plans for Westshore transit center back on the table

“If constructed, the center would be used as a hub for transit to Tampa International Airport, a depot for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority buses and as a station if a light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) system were to connect Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in the future.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/plans-for-westshore-multimodal-transit-center-back-on-the-table/2252936By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF …

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New nonprofit Walk Bike Tampa calls for zero-fatality transportation network

“Supporters said a Vision Zero approach to a road like Busch Boulevard, which is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Transportation, could include steps like lowering the speed limit, adding high-visibility crosswalks (a possibility being reviewed by the FDOT), adding medians and banning left turns to and from N Boulevard.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/transportation/new-nonprofit-walk-bike-tampa-calls-for-zero-fatality-transportation/2251841By: RICHARD …

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