Tag Archives: Transportation Policy

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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Tampa poised to shift road fees toward other options

“Tampa regulations state that impact fees developers are charged when they build new homes and office blocks can only be spent on projects to help squeeze extra cars onto city streets. That could end Wednesday with the city council set to consider a change allowing the fees to go toward other forms of transportation, including mass transit, sidewalks and bicycle …

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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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Tampa council races focus on transportation, neighborhoods

“Of the all the council races, District 6 has been the most contentious. And even though city elections are supposed to be non-partisan, it’s also the one that has featured the most discussion of the candidates’ political party affiliations. (Toledo is a Republican. Maniscalco is a Democrat and Castellano is registered as an independent, but both previously were Republicans.)” See …

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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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Hillsborough County leaders differ on transit tax approach

“As Hillsborough County lays plans for a potential tax-for-transportation referendum in 2016, proponents are divided about how best to entice voters to approve a measure they rejected four years ago.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/hillsborough-county-leaders-differ-on-transit-tax-approach/2204833 By: Caitlin Johnston

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