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Facility Seeks To Boost Transportation Technology

Nov 14, 2017

State officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday at a transportation facility in Polk County that could make Florida a leader in developing technologies related to tolling and automated driving.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Part of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa was shut down for a few hours on Monday while a vehicle directly connected to traffic signals took to the road for the first time. 

Imagine being stranded without a ride to the doctor or arriving hours late to medical appointments that your life literally depends on. Those are Florida patients’ most common grievances with a company the state pays to arrange medical transportation for people with disabilities.  


HART

The Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority, or HART, is set to embark on a major realignment of its countywide bus routes.

A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged Services was created as part of a new law that just took effect.

The Florida legislature is weighing a transportation related measure in the final days of session. Lawmakers are considering revising laws related to self-driving cars, driving under the influence and specialty license plates.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Facebook livestream.

During it's "State of Transit" meeting, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority announced plans for a regional transit study starting Oct. 1.

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After three years of meetings, workshops and public hearings, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Thursday night struck down a referendum on the November ballot that would have allowed the public to vote for a half cent sales tax for transportation.

HART

When Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) officials look into the future, they see riders tapping preloaded smart cards as they get on the bus.

National Study Criticizes Tampa Bay Toll Lanes Plan

Jan 19, 2016
Florida Department of Transportation

Advocates fighting against adding toll lanes to Tampa Bay area interstates shared a new study Tuesday morning calling the project a "boondoggle" for taxpayers.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Commuters between Tampa and St. Petersburg might soon have a new way to cross Tampa Bay that does not involve a bridge.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are discussing how to pay for a ferry that would connect the two cities by water.

Kriseman said it'll take $350,000 from each city and their two counties, Pinellas and Hillsborough, to get things started.  A trial ferry could begin operating this coming October.

  Federal authorities are endorsing the construction of a spur that would connect central Florida's commuter rail, SunRail, with the Orlando International Airport.

Group Moves Forward with Sales Tax Increase Plan

Jul 17, 2015
HART

Three mayors from Hillsborough County cities are joining forces with several county commissioners and the chairman of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) to discuss a possible sales tax increase. Part of a plan called the GO Hillsborough initiative would increase the county sales tax by a half cent, with a majority of that money going towards road maintenance and improvements. 

Gov. Scott Seeks to Drive Road, Seaport, Airport Upgrades During Campaign

Aug 18, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott is hyping a plan to reinforce the state's roads, ports and airports as he campaigns across Florida this week.

The proposal, which also pushes safety enhancements for bicyclists while highlighting spending on transit since Scott has been in office, is the latest part of the governor's re-election platform.

"I am committed to keeping Florida moving by creating strategic investment opportunities to expand our state's transportation system," Scott, who appeared Monday in Jacksonville, said in a prepared statement.

The Latest on Florida's Unemployment Numbers

Aug 15, 2014
wikipedia.org

July unemployment rates were released today. The unemployment rates in Florida from June to July were unchanged at 6.2 percent, but, Tampa Bay's unemployment rate rose from 6.3 percent to 6.8 percent, losing 7,000 jobs over the month.

The unemployment rate for the US in July is also at 6.2 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate has been less than or equal to the national rate for 14 of the last 15 months.

Tampa's Coast Bike Share Program Gears Up

Jul 7, 2014
CycleHop / http://cyclehop.com/about/

There will be soon a fun and affordable way to breeze around the bay. Coast Bike Share is a program that will give riders a 24/7 transportation option to commute, visit friends or just have fun.

"Users can reserve a bike by walking up to one of the 30 bike hubs, going to the website or downloading the smart phone app Social Bicycles," said Coast Bike Share program director Erick Trull.

S. Dale Mabry/I-275 Exit Closes For Four Months

May 27, 2014
WUSF

The next four months will be a test of patience for regulars of one of the busiest I-275 exits. The Department of Transportation's closure of the southbound Dale Mabry exit is scheduled to take place tonight at 11:30 p.m. as part of the project to widen the interstate.

Cheryl Underwood, who travels from St. Petersburg to Tampa each day, expects her commute time to increase significantly.

"It will be quite congested," Underwood said. "My half hour ride home- half hour, one hour- will probably be more like two hours."

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn staged his 2014 “State of the City” address inside the old Tampa Armature Works building on the east banks of the Hillsborough River. The one-story brick structure is where they used to store the trolleys that once connected Tampa’s neighborhoods to downtown.

The significance of the old trolley building was not lost on the 500 people watching as Buckhorn used his “bully pulpit” to call for a funding referendum to support expanded bus service and light rail in Tampa.

On Thursday night, Connect Tampa Bay rolled out its vision of what a new transportation system should look like and how to pay for it, details that county commissioners and the county’s three mayors are still discussing. The group’s plan, called “Go Hillsborough,” advocates a 1 cent sales tax increase that would raise $204 million annually in today’s dollars. Connect Tampa Bay advocates putting one third of the money for road maintenance and improvements and another third to finance construction of a light rail system connecting the Westshore business district and downtown with the University of South Florida. Part of the road money would be spent on dedicated lanes for bus rapid transit.

Miami-Orlando By Train For Under $100

Aug 23, 2013

It will be the first time a private company will offer intercity passenger rail service without public funds. It is to use 32 trains offering three-hour trips between Miami and Orlando, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The trains will run on tracks laid by Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway company and not used for passenger service since 1968. They'll call into Flagler's former Miami center, a nine-acre site.

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