Transportation Policy

Volocopter Visits Tampa International Airport for Flight Testing

Volocopter(Frankfurt) Wikimedia

“This marks the first-ever flight test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in an operational and large international airport in the U.S., and the first eVTOL test in the state of Florida. Additionally the participation of members of Congress and local government show the growing interest in aerial mobility. These type of demonstrations show eVTOL operations can …

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FDOT considers SunRail stops in Lakeland, Haines City, other Polk County cities

SunRail Winter Park-Ticket-Booths (ESRP)

“The current proposal would extend SunRail from its existing station in Poinciana, through Polk County to stops in Haines City, Davenport, Lake Alfred, Auburndale, and finally Lakeland, 37 miles away . . . . Much of the construction costs would be paid by the state and federal governments, but local governments would likely have to pay for everyday operations.” See …

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$1.75M federal grant awarded to city of Tampa will start office focused on regional infrastructure

ESRP - BRT Route St. Pete

“The U.S. Department of Transportation Build America Bureau grant will help bring all the planning of its top projects closer to a reality. The money will create a new regional infrastructure accelerator to help workshop different options to pay for transportation projects.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via esrpcorp.com/esrpblogText Source: https://news.yahoo.com/1-75m-federal-grant-awarded-021737264.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAEIczZqb2gYgU0FAYe6xVUyBbG7GHysaQvmtC6INYG9lXxQVb2rMPKvQVuPFNlGu00-55w6zUza8MMlP3BtImd3yI1L2od3GnSz_oOfr3jOBH9H1B5LHQi6FGLIEIIKz4tw5GvdWe7p4KEHFQsp7TsE4zTjeSg-ZQmbp_JZHbBU_By: Briona …

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Plan to expand Selmon Expressway to Big Bend Road moves forward

Selmon Ext @ WestShore Blvd

“While transportation leaders didn’t commit to a timeline of when this project would be completed, during their presentation, 2045 was listed as the projected date when this and other projects — such as U.S. 301, U.S. 41 and Interstate 75 — would be finished” See More . . . Image: Derivative of Photo By Wslupecki / CC BY-SA 4.0, via …

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Florida Uber And Lyft Drivers To Stop Work On Friday At Major Airports

Lyft_Suitcase

“According to a release, with simultaneous rallies and work stoppages at airports in Orlando, Miami, and Tampa, Florida rideshare drivers are uniting in a historic statewide effort to win higher wages, an end to unfair app company deactivations, safety improvements, and a union for Uber & Lyft Drivers.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Lyft / Media Kit, …

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Changes to Florida transportation bill could now target Disney’s monorail system

Disney Monorail @ Epcot (ESRP)

“The committee-proposed amendment would require DOT oversight of the monorail and other fixed-guideway transportation systems . . . It would also give the state the authority to shut down the systems during inspection” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via esrpcorp.com/esrpblogText Source: https://www.wfla.com/news/politics/changes-to-florida-transportation-bill-could-now-target-disneys-monorail-system/By: Rachel Tucker (WFLA News Channel 8 On Your Side – …

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Following New Data Showing Traffic Fatalities Remain Persistently High, USDOT Announces Over 30 New Commitments from Allies in Action to Reduce Traffic Deaths

Guardrail Rocky Point (ESRP)

“The Department launched the National Roadway Safety Strategy in January 2022 in response to the fact that after decades of steady declines, traffic deaths began rising again in 2010 and then surged during the early days of the pandemic in 2020.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via esrpcorp.com/esrpblogText Source: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/following-new-data-showing-traffic-fatalities-remain-persistently-high-usdotBy: U.S. DEPARTMENT …

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SunRunner to add stop near Pier, two new buses next year

SunRunner (PSTA)

“Both the new stop and the new buses will be funded by leftover federal dollars from the original SunRunner project, which came in $5 million under budget, Miller said. The projects received federal approval Thursday.” See More . . . Image: Derivative of Video By PSTA / Public Domain, via https://www.psta.net/Text Source: https://www.tampabay.com/news/st-petersburg/2023/04/21/sunrunner-add-stop-near-pier-two-new-buses-next-year/By: Jack Evans (Pinellas County Reporter / Tampa …

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E-bikes are everywhere, but not everyone is happy about that

Pinellas Trail (ESRP)

“Some people see e-bikes as the future of urban transportation and a way to get more cars off the road. Others say they’re adding new dangers for pedestrians. The truth lies somewhere in the middle of the road … or the sidewalk … or the trail. Some of the confusion lies in understanding just what an e-bike is in the …

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Tampa Bay region to receive $52M in federal funding to support public transportation

Tampa Street Car - ESRP

“Florida will receive nearly $543 million for transit projects with the Tampa Bay area receiving $51,906,354, according to the data . . . The funding will help upgrade stations and tracks, transition to next-generation buses, plan and design new transit corridors and provide specialized services for seniors and riders with disabilities, the FTA said in a news release.” See More …

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