Transportation News/Articles

CSX tracks may be route to commuter rail’s future

“CSX would sell the rail rights of way to the Florida Department of Transportation. Only the railroad’s Clearwater subdivision, the east-west line, and the Brooksville subdivision, the north-south line, would be involved. The railroad’s line that moves down Polk Street to South Tampa and its lines running toward Port Tampa Bay and Polk County and beyond would not be included.” …

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Gonzmart: ‘I’m a supporter of light rail and I’m willing to pay for part of it’

“Mass transit is a hot topic among business and civic leaders. Hillsborough County is laying the groundwork for a sales tax referendum to fund transit initiatives in 2016. Strategic Property Partners, the real estate company controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC, has said it’s willing to take a “leadership role” in improving and possibly …

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Local group pushes to make Tampa streets safer and penalties for drivers tougher

“The group is also pushing for tougher penalties for drivers, even though in most pedestrian crashes, it’s typically the pedestrian who is found at fault for walking into traffic . . . . While FDOT took measures to improve Hillsborough Avenue leaders say they’ll also be studying Busch boulevard in the near future to see if more crosswalks are needed.” …

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CSX’s offer finally opens the door to commuter rail in Tampa Bay

“There is precedent in Miami and Orlando for converting freight lines to commuter rail. And no, it’s not light rail. It doesn’t require building brand-new rail infrastructure on top of existing development.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/csxs-offer-finally-opens-the-door-to-commuter-rail-in-tampa-bay/2248337By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Jeff Vinik Billion-Dollar Project To Redevelop Channelside District In Tampa, FL

“Vinik is on record as hoping to land a Fortune 500 company to become one of the signature companies to locate inside his development. But on Friday he said that while that remains a top goal, his company also wants to bring in companies that will bring high-paying jobs to the area, and if that means a company’s regional headquarters …

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Tampa catapults to top of transportation tech conversation with DOT contract

“The THEA contract for $17 million will be used in partnership with other local agencies. The DOT already has been studying connected and automated vehicle tech in Ann Arbor, Mich., and today is announcing new deals with Tampa, New York City and Wyoming. Tampa will be the only market of its size in the pilot program.” See More . . …

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Hillsborough regulators will stop ticketing Uber, Lyft drivers until October hearing

“In August, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Paul Huey denied a motion from the PTC asking for an injunction that would have forced Uber to stop serving the county. Huey wants both sides to hold mediation talks before an October court hearing. Meanwhile the PTC filed for summary judgment, asking the judge to decide several legal issues in its favor.” See More …

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2015 America’s Top 10 Transportation Projects (AASHTO)

Two of the Top 10 are FDOT Projects.

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Stuck in traffic: Tampa Bay sees no congestion improvement in recent years

“It could be worse. A lot worse. Commuters in the Washington, D.C. area, suffered more than those in any other metro area with more than twice the congestion costs — $1,834 — of time and money that Tampa Bay drivers endured. Within Florida, Tampa Bay’s congestions costs ranked third, less than larger Miami and tourist-choked Orlando, but more than Jacksonville.” …

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Commuting in Tampa Bay Going it alone

“Tampa Bay averaged a miniscule percentage of workers commuting to jobs via public transportation, 1.4 percent or 16,380 daily transit trips. By comparison, South Florida’s average was more than double, at 3.8 percent. Both lagged far behind the national average of 5.2 percent.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/tampa-bay-commuters-mired-in-their-cars-as-other-cities-find-traveling/2243372By: TAMPA BAY TIMES

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