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Direct Flights To Link Tampa Bay, San Francisco Bay

Jul 25, 2016
Tampa International Airport

More than 200 flights depart from Tampa International Airport every day.

But soon, one will fly non-stop to San Francisco.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Gov. Rick Scott was at Port Tampa Bay today to unveil two huge cranes that will allow port workers to unload cargo from larger ships going through the newly-widened Panama Canal. 

Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio pushed a ceremonial button that activated a pair of towering gantries at Tampa's port. The 30-story cranes are part of a $24 million effort by the state and the port to accommodate larger ships coming from the Panama Canal.

Wikimedia Commons

The systemwide Southwest Airlines computer glitch from yesterday has been repaired.  It grounded flights across the country and left passengers in the lurch. But there's been a ripple effect today for passengers.

By around 7:30 this morning, Southwest had about 13 cancellations and 23 delays out of Tampa International Airport, according to airport spokesman Danny Valentine.

Wikimedia Commons

Computers are essential to the operations of airlines. And Wednesday afternoon, a glitch at Southwest Airlines grounded departures across the country, including at Tampa International Airport.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning Tampa Bay is now open following a tanker truck fire.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in an email that repairs to the bridge were completed overnight and all lanes were reopened early Wednesday.

St. Pete Fire and Rescue

St. Pete Fire and Rescue firefighters put out a tanker fire that had closed both directions of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Department of Transportation inspectors were checking the bridge structure on the soughbound span to ensure its safety.

But the northbound side was open for travel.

tampaairport.com

Tampa Bay area residents may soon have daily flights to Havana aboard Southwest Airlines.  Tampa is one of 10 U.S. cities that received tentative approval from the U.S. government for commercial flights to Cuba. 

'Big Ship Era' Soon To Dock In Florida

Jul 3, 2016
Tampaport.com

A vessel displaying a Marshall Islands flag --- loaded with electronics, clothes, recyclables, and other consumer items from Shanghai, Tokyo and Busan --- will make its way through the new locks of the Panama Canal over the Independence Day holiday.

By the end of next week, the MOL Majesty will arrive at PortMiami, setting off a waterside celebration and marking what local port officials are proclaiming the start of the "new big ship era."

Steve Newborn

The U.S. Department of Transportation put out the call for carriers to apply for 20 coveted daily flights to Cuba. 

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.

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

A project to put two elevated toll lanes on Gandy Boulevard in Tampa is taking a step toward reality after decades of debate and false starts.

MyFloridaHouse.gov

Legislation on the move in the Florida Legislature could ban the use of red-light cameras and the millions in revenue they generate for local governments.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would outlaw the ticketing cameras starting in 2019.

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.

The Florida Highway Patrol says five people are dead and two others are injured following an early morning wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 near Miami.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday in a northbound I-95 express lane.

Trooper Joe Sanchez tells local news outlets that a woman in a pickup truck was traveling southbound in the express lane. Her truck sideswiped one vehicle and hit another head-on. Four adults in a sedan were killed in the crash. The pickup driver also died.

Associated Press

If you're going to be hitting the road for the holidays this year, make sure to pack some extra patience - you'll have a lot of company out there.

Florida Department of Transportation

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Transportation will present a plan to Tampa City Council that would add express toll lanes to Interstate 4, Interstate 75 and Interstate 275.

It's called the Tampa Bay Express.

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

Florida Department of Transportation

The public is getting a chance to share its take on a Department of Transportation plan to add 22 miles of express lanes along Interstate 4.

It's all part of the state's master plan for the region's major roadways. That includes a controversial expansion at the intersection of I-4 and Interstate 275 in downtown Tampa.

wbur.org

A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated.  

The fifth annual University of South Florida Nielsen Sunshine State Survey asked Floridians about regulating drivers and prices for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. 

USF Professor Susan MacManus said people are divided on the issue. 

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