Tag Archives: Transportation Innovations

Downtown Tampa will get Zipcar service, on-demand shuttle

“Zipcar operates in more than 30 major metropolitan markets, and more than 500 college campuses, and in more than 50 airports. The company cites a Transportation Research Board/National Academy of Sciences study that found each shared car takes about 15 private cars off the road.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tbo.com/news/business/downtown-tampa-will-get-zipcar-service-on-demand-shuttle-20160426/By: Jerome R. Stockfisch | Tribune Staff

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State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs

“2016 survey of departments of transportation found that 17 State DOTs have either researched, tested and/or used UAVs for bridge inspections, accident clearance, surveying, fotography or for identifying, monitoring and mitigating risks posed by land slides, rock slides or flooding.” See More . . . Source: https://youtu.be/ppvL5CZqumM?list=PLl2me4cCqyo-FvWEpHOgp3wDSsdJg0BH_By: AASHTO – Transportation TV

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New app to offer free rides in downtown Tampa

“With the future of Uber and Lyft still up in the air in Tampa Bay, a new ride-sharing service prepares to hit the streets. The app is called Downtowner. With the push of a button, you can get a free ride anywhere in downtown Tampa aboard a six-seater, open-air vehicle.” See More . . . Source: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/105528841-storyBy: Crystal Clark, FOX …

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DDOT joins Waze Connected Citizens program

“Established as a two-way data share, Waze receives partner input such as feeds from road sensors, adds publicly available incident and road closure reports from the Waze traffic platform; and returns one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions today.” See More . . . Source: http://thinkinghighways.com/ddot-joins-waze-connected-citizens-program/By: Thinking Highways

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In bid for $40 million federal grant, St. Pete looks to gondolas, Tampa to smart technology

“St. Petersburg’s proposed gondola line would head south along Fourth Street from the Gateway area than head west along First avenues N and S, with a spur to Tyrone Boulevard and on to Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. Another spur would go south along 34th Street through the Skyway Marina District and end at Eckerd College.” See More . …

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Obama pledges nearly $4 billion for self-driving cars

“Auto companies praised the Obama administration for displaying a commitment to allowing carmakers to develop self-driving vehicles, but they cautioned that the federal government will not be able to foster a market for the automated cars alone. ” See More . . . Source: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/265932-obama-pledges-nearly-4-billion-for-self-driving-carsBy: Keith Laing – The Hill

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MIT Wins Hyperloop Competition, And Elon Musk Drops In

“In addition to the student teams, private companies have begun work on various aspects of the Hyperloop project. The most progress has been made by Hyperloop Tech, whose Chief Technology Officer, Brogan BamBrogan, said in an interview at the event that the Hyperloop will be roughly as energy efficient as a conventional train, and much more efficient than high-speed rail …

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Talks brewing for aerial cable cars to Clearwater Beach

“The San Diego Association of Governments in October approved a $204 billion, 35-year development plan that includes a skyway gondola system among other highway and rail projects. The technology can cost between $3 million and $12 million a mile compared to $36 million a mile for light rail systems, strategist and gondola advocate Michael McDaniel told Marketplace radio in 2013. …

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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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The (Other) Transportation Tech to Watch in 2016

“Always-on wireless communications between cars, and between cars and infrastructure, will almost certainly spread more quickly than driverless cars, while providing a lot of similar benefits in safety and efficiency. The Department of Transportation is expected to release its rules for V2V in early 2016, which will hopefully push the auto industry closer to a true standard.” See More . …

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