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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.

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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. 

Quincy J. Walters / WUSF News

Imagine that you're driving and you approach a blind corner. What you don't know is that another car is approaching at a high rate of speed. Then, your car automatically stops - avoiding a collision on its own. 

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said that this isn't technology of the future - it's the technology of today. 

"We're bringing transportation into the 21st century," Nelson said. "And Tampa is at the center of it all."

AP

Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years.

Yoselis Ramos

A plan to expand I-275 and I-4, and build express toll lanes was voted into Hillsborough County's Metropolitan Planning Organization five-year redevelopment plan called TIP.  

The plan, called Tampa Bay Express (TBX), was passed but Les Miller, Chairman of MPO, told the Florida Department of Transportation it had to update the 20-year-old study it is using to justify the plan.

All Children's Buckles Down on Car Seat Safety

Jul 7, 2015

 According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are one of the top three causes of death among children nationally -- in 2011, they killed 650.

But health experts say that many fatalities can be prevented with the correct use of car seats. That's why All Children's Hospital is buckling down on car seat safety.

This month, All Children's is offering car seat classes to help parents learn the ins and outs of the straps, clips and latches to protect their precious cargo. 

Tow-to-Go

This Fourth of July weekend, intoxicated drivers can get help getting off the road and getting home safely.

Tow-to-Go is a partnership between  AAA and BudLight. Matt Nasworthy, AAA's Traffic Safety Consultant, said impaired drivers can call this Friday through Sunday.

Oregon Department of Transportation

AAA expects more than 40 million Americans to drive at least 50 miles from home this 4th of July weekend. That's the most to travel since 2007.

With so many people on the highways, AT&T is asking drivers to put down their cell phones.

“Put it in a place where they can’t reach it and keep their eyes on the road. That’s our main message – is that we want people to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone,” Karen McAllister, media relations manager for AT&T, said.

After hearing from dozens of people from the neighborhood Thursday, council members unanimously agreed to try putting the brakes on the project, pledging to lobby state lawmakers, members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and state transportation officials. They also directed city attorneys to explore filing a Title VI complaint with the Federal Highway Administration, arguing that the project would harm a mainly minority population living in the area. Title VI prohibits discrimination in programs that receive federal funding.

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The dense sea fog that's hung around offshore since Monday continues to cause problems for local ports.

However, a break is finally in sight for 2,500 cruise ship passengers - including members of the Ohio State University football team - who've been going in circles in Tampa Bay for the last day and a half.

Express Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay interstates may be getting express toll lanes, but drivers won't see the changes anytime soon.

The plan, called Tampa Bay Express, is in its beginning phase, so it may take almost a decade before drivers see the final product.

To cut down on drive times, current interstates would have additional middle lanes that would require drivers to use a SunPass. These express lanes would alleviate some traffic on the regular highways by offering a faster option to drivers willing to pay the toll.

Advocates for a project that could connect the entire state via bike trails hope to get a chunk of new dedicated funding from Amendment One.

 Tampa International Airport is beginning a three-year expansion and renovation that will cost almost a billion dollars.

The first steps began Tuesday with the closure of some taxi and bus stands near the baggage claims area.

The biggest changes at the airport will be the construction of a massive rental car facility and a people mover that will run for over a mile.

The $943 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

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