Transportation Policy

Hillsborough County votes to include transportation tax on November ballot

Tampa Roads (ESRP)

“There is some controversy about the tax referendum. The county passed a tax measure with similar goals in 2018. But it was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in 2020 for being unconstitutionally passed and implemented. The money collected from the 2018 tax has not been used or returned to taxpayers. It is left to the state legislature to …

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Tampa embraces e-scooters, even if we keep throwing them in the river

ESRP - e-Scooter (SLC)

“In Tampa, the scooters have traveled 3 million miles and logged 2½ million trips at an average of 1.2 miles per journey — a number, city officials say, shows that people are using them for actual transportation and not just fun on weekends . . . But Tampa’s trek into the world of e-scooters has not been without speed bumps. …

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Hillsborough objects to tolls on expanded I-75

“The proposal to add new lanes to I-75 has been around for more than a decade. The state kicked off the planning in 2008 and the state held its first public hearing in 2010. The project, however, went on hiatus for six years during and after the Great Recession . . . plans call for adding two express lanes in …

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Tampa’s Malfunction Junction fix could come sooner than expected

I-275 near Malfunction Junction

“The refurbished interchange is a toned-down version of an earlier, controversial plan that would have taken up to 340 homes to add express lanes on the interstates. Another discarded version would have taken between 30 and 100 homes . . . .The project also includes $10 million worth of trail upgrades, plus enhanced lighting and landscaping in the vicinity of …

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HART looks to replace diesel buses with electric battery buses by 2035

“The plan includes three phases. First, HART will replace 74 diesel buses that are ready for replacement within the next two years. Then, in the next two to five years, HART could replace as many as 44 diesel buses with electric battery buses.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Wslupecki / Public Domain, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/hart-looks-to-replace-diesel-buses-with-electric-battery-buses-by-2035By: …

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Study finds ride-sharing intensifies urban road congestion

Lyft Vehicle (Pink Mustache)

“The study also finds easy access to ride-sharing discourages commuters from taking greener alternatives, such as walking or public transportation. Survey data from various U.S. cities also showed that approximately half of TNC trips would otherwise have been made by walking, cycling, public transport, or would not have been made at all.” See More . . . Image: Photo By …

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Transportation leaders: Pedestrian safety bills could have unintended consequences

Pedestrians Crossing at Mid-Block (ESRP)

“Two companion bills in the House and Senate are making their way through the statehouse to keep you safe when you cross the street. Yet, some local transportation leaders worry the bills could have unintended consequences and could actually put all of us in more danger.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via …

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FDOT considering using more in-road solar lights to deter wrong-way drivers at freeway exit ramps

“The Florida Department of Transportation is now considering using Internally Illuminated Reflective Pavement Markers (IIRPMs) as an additional countermeasure to deter wrong-way drivers from entering freeway off-ramps. This is in addition to the flashing signs that are already used. . . The Tampa Bay area has been the site of several recent deadly wrong-way crashes, including one that killed Tampa …

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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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