Tag Archives: Tampa Bay

Hillsborough commissioners approve $905 million list of transportation projects; now comes the hard part

“In a letter to the county, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn reiterated the city intends to spend $90 million to expand the streetcar that connects Channelside to Ybor City and to build a transit line from downtown to Tampa International Airport. HART will spend nearly $300 million through 2026 on improving bus service by expanding and introducing new lines.” See More …

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Veterans Expressway to gain higher priced express toll lanes in 2017

“The turnpike authority believes that many drivers will choose not to use the express toll lane on every trip. And if they do use the express lane, they won’t be charged separately for the $1.06 required to travel the Veterans in that span.” See More . . . Source: http://www.home.tampabay.com/news/transportation/veterans-expressway-to-gain-higher-priced-express-toll-lanes-in-2017/2267920By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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FDOT committed to focus on wrong way driver detection, driverless cars

“In a study released by FDOT last year, District 7 reported 24 wrong way crashes from 2009 to 2013. Seven of those crashes or 13.7 percent were fatal. In 2014, when there were 12 wrong way crashes, according to the FDOT, including a fatal one in which four University of South Florida fraternity brothers and the driver who ran into …

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Another reason Tampa Bay needs mass transit: Fewer people are getting drivers’ licenses

“If this persists, a good chunk of the country’s population, and especially the younger adults that make up our future workforce, will choose to live where there is quality mass transit not only because they want to — but because they have to in order to get around without a car.” See More . . . Source: http://home.tampabay.com/news/business/another-reason-tampa-bay-needs-mass-transit-fewer-people-are-getting/2261988By: ROBERT TRIGAUX, …

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In shadow of Uber and Lyft, car sharing tries to shape a future in Tampa Bay

“Zipcar currently operates eight cars in Tampa, with pickup and dropoff locations at the University of Tampa, the Tampa Marriott Westshore and at the Payless Car Rental near the airport. Plans are in the works to have a few cars available to rent at luxury apartment building SkyHouse in Channelside, said Smokshane West, the Florida market manager for Zipcar. Residents …

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Idea of building elevated lanes over Gandy Boulevard in Tampa gets new life

“Estimates put current traffic counts on Gandy at 48,000 cars and trucks a day. When the expressway authority looked at this project once before, it projected the elevated lanes would carry 18,900 vehicles a day. In 2009, a study by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research concluded that the elevated lanes would save gas and time …

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New federal transportation bill boosts road, transit funding in Tampa Bay area

“For years, Congress has implemented only stopgap measures to keep transportation funding afloat, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said. The FAST Act will invest $281 billion in local communities across the country over the next five years, boosting Florida’s share of the federal highway funding by more than $890 million, she said.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/transportation/new-federal-transportation-bill-boosts-road-transit-funding-in-tampa-bay-area-20151208/By: Yvette C. …

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Uber transportation bill starts rolling in House

“The proposal, which has not drawn a Senate companion bill, would set insurance requirements for transportation-service drivers while they are logged on, require prospective drivers to undergo criminal background checks and prohibit local governments from imposing their own rules on the app-based companies as they do now for taxi companies and limousine services.” See More . . . Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2015/12/02/uber-transportation-bill-starts-rolling-in-house.htmlBy: …

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New Report: The Impacts of Highway Congestion

Mid-size metropolitan areas like Austin and Tampa have joined the Top-50 list of the country’s worst “bottlenecks” during the last 10 years. According to AASHTO, the solution involves a multi-modal approach that includes mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle trails, commuter rail, water ways and greater highway capacity. (See news update below)

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Plans for Westshore transit center back on the table

“If constructed, the center would be used as a hub for transit to Tampa International Airport, a depot for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority buses and as a station if a light rail or bus rapid transit (BRT) system were to connect Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in the future.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/plans-for-westshore-multimodal-transit-center-back-on-the-table/2252936By: CAITLIN JOHNSTON, TIMES STAFF …

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