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FDOT plans state’s first wildlife crossing overpass across I-4 in Polk County

Wildlife Overpass Alberta

“For the last 50 years since I-4 was built, it has been a barrier to wildlife movement. FDOT’s proposed wildlife crossing overpass will improve the access animals have to their habitats on both sides of the interstate . . . The $11.9 million dollar wildlife overpass will be the first in the state solely for wildlife use. FDOT determined that …

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Alaska Airlines announces hydrogen-electric partnership with ZeroAvia

Zero Avia Airplane Front

“ZeroAvia will retrofit a retired 76-seat Q400 – formerly flown by Alaska’s regional subsidiary Horizon Airlines – with electric motors driven by hydrogen fuel cells . . . ZeroAvia says that combining the MegaCore motor with a higher-temperature fuel cell and stacks of power inverters will give the company enough power to fly an aircraft as big as the Q400 …

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New Tampa Bay Ferries Alliance Continues Area Public Transportation Vision

Electric Ferry - Wikimedia

“The Tampa Bay Ferries Alliance’s initial goals are to secure expedited permanent ferry service in the Tampa Bay region, including a commuter connection between South Hillsborough County and MacDill Air Force Base alongside service between St. Petersburg, Tampa and South Hillsborough County.” See More . . . Image: Derivative of Photo By Erik Christensen / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia …

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High-speed train from California to Las Vegas gains more support

Train Station (ESRP)

“The lawmakers have asked the Biden administration to speed up the delivery of federal funds that would help a private company — Florida-based Brightline — begin laying the tracks for the proposed $10 billion project, called Brightline West . . . Brightline has asked for $3.75 billion in federal cash connected to the Biden administration’s federal infrastructure law.” See More …

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Challenges Facing the Commercial Real Estate Industry

Downtown Tampa Office Buildings (ESRP)

“This could have a significant impact on congested arterial roads and collector streets, particularly during peak hours in densely populated urban areas nationwide. ” By: Alex Anaya (ESRP Corporation) Recent data suggests that the prices of commercial real estate are likely to decline sharply in the upcoming months. This is due to the combination of increased interest rates and the …

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Mega rocket Starship could enable new types of astrophysics

Starship at Starbase

“Scientists say that as well as ferrying astronauts into deep space, Starship could enable new types of astrophysics and planetary science – because it can launch heavier science payloads, such as telescopes and interplanetary spacecraft, than other space vehicles can . . . Starship could simultaneously launch multiple space telescopes to work as an array to probe the Universe, or …

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How about some pickleball under those Tampa Bay highway overpasses?

Selmon Crosstown Expressway Extension

“Miami has taken up the concept in a big way with its Underline, a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and public art project on land below the Metrorail . . . Locally, planners considered the Underline and other ideas in their current 4.5-mile project to add a lane in each direction on the Selmon Expressway between South Tampa and downtown. …

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Cross-Bay Ferry hits 300,000 rider milestone during spring break season

Tampa Convention Center

“The Cross-Bay Ferry is a regional collaboration between Hillsborough County, city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, and Florida Department of Transportation. This season’s service began on Oct. 19 and will continue until May 28. . . In Tampa, the ferry departs from the dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and in St. Petersburg from the dock at North Straub …

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Walmart Expands Drone Delivery in Six States


“Once it arrives in Tampa, the drone delivery service would be available for $3.99 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET on purchases 10 pounds and under. When a customer orders a delivery, workers will load the items onto the drone, which will then carry it to the house and gently drop the package using a cable.” See More . …

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Brightline testing Miami to West Palm Beach to be ready to roll

Brightline Train

“Employees and guests will be required to wear masks in stations and on board all trains. Brightline features reserved seating, and the private four-person table configurations within each coach have plexiglass dividers, providing increased privacy and distancing. ” See More . . . Image: Photo By Patrickhamiltonbrightline / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.miamitodaynews.com/2021/10/19/brightline-testing-miami-to-west-palm-beach-to-be-ready-to-roll/By: John Charles Robbins (Miami Today)

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