Transportation Policy

DOT chief: 30-year transport analysis a ‘wake-up call’

“Lawmakers are searching for ways to pay for a long-term extension of the measure. However, thus far there is no consensus on a funding source beyond the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax, which has been used to fill the Transportation Department’s Highway Trust Fund since the 1950s . . . . . . . Foxx said he did not think the …

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Obama’s proposal would extend the Highway Trust Fund for the next six years

“His proposed 14% tax on foreign profits would be much lower than the standard 35% corporate rate — among the highest of the world’s major economies — and would raise $238 billion, the administration official said, about half the money needed to pay for the infrastructure program. The remainder would be covered by gasoline taxes currently in the trust fund.” …

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TBARTA names new executive director

“Chiaramonte beat out former Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley for the TBARTA position. Chiaramonte said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet because his contract is still to be negotiated. As the head of the transportation authority, Chiaramonte will again be involved in transportation planning, but this time on a regional basis. The agency was created by the Florida …

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As gas prices drop, states under increased pressure to hike taxes to replenish transportation funds

“Recently falling gas prices have made the situation more urgent. But state and federal coffers that pay for such projects have been moving deeper into the red for years as Americans drive less, vehicles are more fuel efficient and construction costs have increased.” See More . . . Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/24/as-gas-prices-drops-states-under-increased-pressure-to-hike-taxes-to-replenish/By: FoxNews.com (The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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Biden pushes for infrastructure funding deal

“An 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax is the primary source of revenue for funding transportation projects, and infrastructure supporters have been pushing to increase it for the first time since 1993, arguing the time is right now that drivers are paying less at the pump than they have in years.” See More . . . Source: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/230489-biden-pushes-for-infrastructure-funding-dealBy: By Keith Laing

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FAA administrator on the future of drones

“FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said on Sunday his agency is working to regulate drones throughout the country to ensure the safety of all aircraft.” See More . . . Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/drones-future-faa-michael-huerta-113214.htmlBy: Jennifer Shutt (Web producer at POLITICO)

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Toll express lanes could ease Tampa Bay roadway congestion

“The lanes would run along Interstate 275 from north St. Petersburg to south of Bearss Avenue in Hillsborough County. They are also being considered for much of the length of Interstate 75 in Hills­borough and for all of the county’s stretch of Interstate 4, ultimately connecting with the Polk County Parkway.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/toll-lanes-on-local-interstates-under-discussion/2213883 By: Zack …

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Five-year transportation plan goes before planning organization

“The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization, a transportation policy-making board for the county and its three incorporated cities, will discuss FDOT’s five-year plan Tuesday during its regular board meeting. The MPO staff is recommending that its board back the plan, but it does question a few of its priorities.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/five-year-transportation-plan-goes-before-planning-organization-20150105/ By: Yvette C. Hammett …

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Hillsborough’s tax-for-transportation referendum might not specify rail

“In a move that sharply differs from the Greenlight Pinellas referendum, a Hillsborough plan that could be the backbone for a referendum here would refer only to “fixed guideways” — a term that includes bus rapid transit and all types of rail, including heavy, light or commuter.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/hillsboroughs-tax-for-transportation-referendum-might-not-specify-rail/2203150 By: Caitlin Johnston

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Leaders unveil details of next transportation tax plan (TAMPA)

“For the past 14 months, Hillsborough County government leaders have been planning a radical transformation of the county’s transportation system to alleviate traffic jams and boost economic development. On Tuesday, the county unveiled the first definitive list of proposed projects from that effort. Among them: dedicated street lanes for express-type buses, the beginning of a light rail system from Westshore …

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