Transportation

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Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed a law that banned local governments from regulating ridesharing companies.

This opened the door for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to approve a contract this week with Uber, Lyft and Wingz allowing them to pick up customers curbside at the airport. But they'll pay for the privilege.

HART

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

Gas Prices On The Rise In Florida

Jul 25, 2017

AAA reports Florida has the 16th cheapest gas in the U.S.—that’s including a seven cent increase across the state.

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The newest segment of the Pinellas Trail opened Thursday, connecting it to Pasco County. It's part of a trail that will eventually allow bikers and hikers to travel all the way to the Atlantic coast.

Florida Surpasses Texas In Airport Passengers

Jul 18, 2017
Tampa International Airport

Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week touting the state's move ahead of Texas in the overall number of passengers boarding airplanes.

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.

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Several hundred people showed up Wednesday night at the first of many planned public meetings to discuss revamping the Tampa Bay area's transportation system. It's a reboot of TBX - Tampa Bay Express - which would have added more than 90 miles of toll lanes to existing free Interstate highways.

It's now called Tampa Bay Next.

The controversial plan to add express toll lanes to Tampa-area Interstate highways is getting a redo. TBX is gone - in its place is Tampa Bay Next.

It still includes express lanes on a rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge, but adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 is now up in the air.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Carson says this is an opportunity to hear what area residents have to say.

Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport had a record number of passengers during Spring Break.  Spokeswoman Emily Nipps said part of that growth is coming from new and expanded destinations from airlines that already serve the airport.   

Could the next car you buy drive itself? As technology for self-driving or "autonomous" vehicles improves, Florida lawmakers, transportation officials, and businesses are positioning the state as one of the leading test beds for driverless cars.

Lee County is making its own preparations, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority is just one of three pilot projects in the country getting federal Department of Transportation dollars. 

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 is adding Tesla model X's to its pilot program which it hopes will bring more bus riders on board.

Cesar Hernandez of HART says they're trying to address the "last mile" challenge of riders getting to the bus stop or getting home after a long day. Hyperlink will take bus riders for an extra fee.  And riders can pay cash and even call to book the ride if they aren't able to use the app. 

But let's face it, some people have historically not ridden the bus because they're in a hurry. 

Express Tampa Bay

The Florida Department of Transportation is hitting the reset button on the controversial plan known as TBX. It would add express toll lanes to nearly 100 miles of interstates in the Bay Area. But critics say it would bulldoze historic neighborhoods in the process.

FDOT is taking two years to research and respond to community feedback, and expects to have a revised plan by the end of 2019.


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The Cross-Bay Ferry pilot project, which connects the downtowns of Tampa and St. Petersburg, will cease its run at the end of this month. But it has provided valuable information about the habits of would-be riders.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik is a project advisor. And on behalf of his firm, Akerman, he's helping to put together a public-private partnership between Hillsborough County and the ferry service providers for a different ferry project.

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A bill that would eliminate building toll lanes on existing free interstate highways was shot down in a committee in the Florida House. It was voted down 8 to 6 in a House transportation committee, after passing through a similar committee in the state Senate.

A bill to ban red-light cameras passed the Florida House Thursday.

Florida Department of Transportation

A bill that would eliminate building toll lanes on existing free interstate highways has moved through the transportation committee of the Florida Senate.

A Senate panel is giving the thumbs up to a measure establishing state-wide regulations for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car technology. The self-driving vehicle is moving from the Jetsons to a road near you, and things are moving fast.

At Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, students are just starting a brand new class that teaches the basics of building an autonomous vehicle.

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The state is tweaking its plan to replace the Howard Frankland Bridge.


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