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Local and state officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday to celebrate the TECO Line Streetcar System going fare-free for the next three years.

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A new Interstate 4 construction project is starting this week, but it shouldn’t bring any more congestion than usual. The 11-mile stretch from east of 50th Street to east of McIntosh Road will be completely repaved between now and summer 2020. 

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It may feel like prices at the gas pump are higher than they've been in a while. Well, AAA on Monday reported gas prices hit a four-year high for the month of September. 

Call it much-needed traffic relief for Kendall residents or the "Everglades Snakeway" -- but it's on its way to completion.

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If you’ve driven on Courtney Campbell Causeway, there’s a good chance you’ve been sped past by street racers.

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Residents of Tampa and Orlando might finally be getting a solution to the dreaded Interstate 4 traffic. The Florida Department of Transportaion is taking bids from private companies to build a high-speed rail between the two cities.

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Distracted and speeding drivers seem to be problems in any neighborhood, but in one Lakeland community, it’s threatening local wildlife. In just three weeks, five of Lake Morton’s swans have been killed by vehicles, and residents are searching for an answer.

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Floridians seem to have a love-hate relationship with roundabouts. But they may have to get used to them, because they are popping up all over the state and Dr. Pei-Sung Lin of USF's Center for Transporation Research, who specializes in Intelligent Transporation Systems, predicts we are likely to see more of them.

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The troubles with Florida's SunPass toll system started with what was to be a six-day upgrade in June. It's resulted in a major malfunction that led to motorists across Florida seeing their bank accounts being overdrawn and charged overdraft fees.

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Hillsborough County residents will decide in November whether a one-cent sales tax increase could be the solution to traffic and transportation woes.

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Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a company that operates the SunPass electronic toll system.

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A citizen's group looking to improve Hillsborough County's transportation system has gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for November's ballot. But first, elections officials have to confirm that all the names on those petitions are valid.

Florida Democratic lawmakers want the state to suspend all SunPass toll collections as the system responds to a backlog of more than 100 million unprocessed payments. 

State Rep. Kionne McGhee will join state Sen. Annette Taddeo and other local officials Wednesday in also calling on Gov. Rick Scott to create an independent auditing committee to investigate the backlog and other customer service complaints.

Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

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The Hillsborough County Commission voted Wednesday to bring back the ferry service that connects downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg.

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Allegiant Air canceled more than a dozen flights into and out of the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport today through June 21. They say it is due to a delay in putting their new aircraft into service.

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With interstates jammed with people fleeing the state during Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are questioning the state’s evacuation plan for this year’s hurricane season.

California is testing new digital license plates on vehicles — opening up new possibilities and raising new privacy concerns.

The digital plates use the same technology behind Amazon's Kindle e-book reader to display large letters and numbers, as any other license plate would. But the devices are also able to show ads and personal messages and send data about their locations.

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Just in time for hurricane season, Sarasota County is introducing a plan to help transport people who can’t drive to evacuation centers.

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Tampa Bay has the dubious distinction of being the largest metro area in the country without any kind of local passenger rail service. So as our rush hour commutes crawl to a standstill, transportation planners are taking yet another shot at mass transit. The latest proposal might not include rail at all.

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Older adults in Florida who no longer can drive themselves have a new option when it comes to finding ways to get around.

The University of Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation Safe Mobility For Life have created FindaRideFlorida.org, a website where people can search for transportation options in all 67 of Florida’s counties.

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Jeffrey Seward, interim CEO of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), is in Washington D.C. to speak with congressional leaders about the importance of public transit.

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Biking is a way of life for Kerry Bailey, who works for Coast Bike Share, the bike share network for both St. Petersburg and Tampa.

The cycling advocate believes two upcoming "Bike to Work' days in both cities provide an opportunity for others to discover what she calls a vibrant cycling community.

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Public transportation has always been an issue in Wimauma, a spread-out, traditionally agricultural community in south Hillsborough County. 

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After three years, the first leg of one of the biggest construction projects was unveiled Wednesday at Tampa International Airport.

"We did it! We did it!" exclaimed airport CEO Joe Lopano, as he  helped cut the ribbon alongside Governor Rick Scott on the SkyConnect train. It connects the Main Terminal and the new Rental Car Center, built on the periphery of the airport.

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Hillsborough County's transportation planning board on Tuesday approved a plan that would widen the clogged approaches to Tampa coming off the Howard Frankland Bridge. It could start as early as next year.

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A new study finds, buses - not rail - would be the most workable option for mass transit in Tampa Bay, because of its lower cost and ability to change along with the city.

 

The bus rapid transit system is projected to attract 4,500 new riders along 41 miles from St. Petersburg to Tampa and Wesley Chapel, in Pasco County. It would be estimated to cost about half as much as a light rail system.

 

 

Saturday Jan. 6 marked one year since five people were shot and killed by a gunman inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz filed an airport safety bill in Congress Monday to mark the anniversary. It’s been co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch. Late Monday afternoon Rep. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart also signed on as a co-sponsor. 

 

Florida Drivers Get Help This Holiday From AAA

Dec 28, 2017

AAA is offering free towing in Florida for drivers who party just a little too hard.

 

The Tow To Go program sends out a AAA tow truck that will tow the car and take the driver somewhere safe within 10 miles.

 

The program has been in place for 20 years and will reach a milestone in 2017 with 25,000 provided tows. But the number of calls has dropped over the years in part because of services like Uber and Lyft, said AAA Spokesman Matt Nasworthy.

 

Tampa International Airport officials are bracing for an influx of holiday travelers coming into and leaving the Tampa Bay area.

The airport saw a record number of passengers during the spring break season and the number of travelers during the 2017 Thanksgiving week was seven percent higher than their busiest year thus far.

Officials said they are expecting this trend to carry over into the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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