Transportation Policy

Judge’s order lets Uber ride on in Hillsborough

“Uber began operating in Hillsborough County in April 2014 and, a year later, the PTC sued the company and 50 of its drivers, the judge’s order states. The transportation commission wanted a declaration that Uber fell under its authority, which would require its drivers to obtain certain permits and licenses.” See More . . . Source: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/hillsborough-regional-news/judges-order-lets-uber-ride-on-in-hillsboroughBy: WFTS Webteam, Michael …

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Miami-Dade toll rebate unlikely in Tampa-Hillsborough

“In an unprecedented move, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority plans to give rebates to drivers who spend more than $2 a week on its toll roads. The authority’s board likened drivers to shareholders and said that after covering debt and maintenance payments, leftover money should be returned to drivers as “dividends.”” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/transportation/miami-dade-toll-rebate-unlikely-in-tampa-hillsborough-20150725/By: CHRISTOPHER O’DONNELL – …

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TTV News Special Report–Highway Trust Fund Crisis: Countdown to July 31

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County demands judge ban Uber from Hillsborough

“Attorneys for the county’s Public Transportation Commission want Judge Paul Huey to agree Uber drivers ignore county regulations by not seeking the type of licenses and checks expected of taxi and limo services. The commission is required to regulate services like Uber and rival Lyft, which are akin to other forms of public transportation, said Brad Kimbro, a Tampa attorney …

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Hillsborough transportation officials express support for sales tax referendum

“While it stopped short of an official vote, the Policy Leadership Group overseeing transportation in Hillsborough County expressed support for a comprehensive plan that will ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase.” See More . . . Source: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

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Tampa forms group to cut greenhouse gases emissions

“Tampa has already taken steps to lower emissions. In 2014, Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled Tampa’s first five natural-gas garbage trucks, a more environmentally friendly alternative fuel source than diesel. The city also set a target of this year having roughly 25 trucks running on compressed natural gas, roughly 12 percent of its overall fleet.” See More . . . Source: …

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TBO Editorial: Transportation at a crossroads

“The county has more than $3 billion in immediate transportation needs — about $750 million in maintenance needs alone. By way of comparison, the county has spent $1.3 billion on transportation in the last 20 years. It can’t deal with its backlog of problems, much less meet future needs, with existing funding sources.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-editorials/transportation-at-a-crossroads-20150426/?page=1By: …

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Citizens’ input helps ID Hillsborough transportation needs

“Putting a sales tax increase on the November 2016 ballot is a highly political choice. Though voters will make the final decision, the county commission’s five Republicans will face fierce headwinds from the more conservative members of their own party. Even Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who strongly supports a referendum next year, said the vote would probably fail if held …

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As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe’s example

“As the design process moves to center stage, California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. The arrival of high-speed rail can provide opportunities to transform adjacent station areas and reshape local economies through thoughtful planning and policies that integrate the railway stops with the …

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Hillsborough regulators seek support from courts against Uber, Lyft

“The companies use smartphone apps to allow riders to summon nearby drivers who use their own cars. Both argue that they are technology companies, not transportation companies, and thus don’t fall under the rules administered by the PTC. Temple Terrace city council member David Pogorilich made the motion, calling it the next logical step after neither company altered its operations …

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