Transportation

Tampa's Coast Bike Share Program Gears Up

Jul 7, 2014
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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.

AAA and Bud Light are offering their free Tow to Go program this Fourth of July weekend to keep drunk drivers away from the steering wheel.  AAA encourages all motorists who plan on drinking to secure a designated driver, but spokesman Matt Nasworthy knows that not all drivers will take this advice.

"Some folks end up out there needing a safety net, meaning they didn't have a plan," he said, "and that would be where Tow to Go would come in handy. They can call us and we'll come out and tow them and their vehicle home, free of charge."

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Four Tampa Bay area mayors met for a public forum to show their unified support for the Greenlight Pinellas campaign. In November, Pinellas County voters will be asked to raise their sales tax to pay for more buses and a light rail system.

But the "public" forum didn’t quite live up to its billing, because the mayors did not take questions from the audience nor did they go into detail about the referendum.

Gas Prices Uncertain for 4th of July Travelers

Jun 23, 2014

According to AAA, more people hit the road for the Fourth of July than Memorial Day. But with tensions building in Iraq, a possible increase in gas taxes, and hurricane season underway, it seems the only predictable thing about gas prices is their uncertainty.

Last week, a $.05 increase in the average price per gallon in Florida made trips to the pump even more painful. The rapidly climbing price was put to a stop over the weekend, but AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said we can't be sure of much.

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For only the second time in its history, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority has a new person at its helm. The TBARTA Board of Directors unanimously selected Don Skelton as interim Executive Director.

Skelton will replace Bob Clifford, who has served as the board's sole executive director since it was formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007. Clifford resigned to join the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Teen Safe Driving Leadership Program

Jun 4, 2014

The No. 1 killer of teens in Florida - and the country - is car crashes.

The irony -  fatal crashes are the most preventable.

That's the goal of a Leadership Training Academy Thursday at  All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center in St. Petersburg.

Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition is conducting  this Leadership Academy -- not just to teach teens how to drive safely -- but to create teen safe driving campaigns for their communities.

Danielle Branciforte is the leader of the Coalition.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, the agency that would operate the ferry, which would also run to Gibsonton in southern Hillsborough. "Tampa Bay's long-term economic future will significantly benefit if we develop options for people to travel to work and home," Castor said. "Investing in our infrastructure is key to growing jobs in our community and remaining competitive." The overall price tag for the ferry is $17 million, so Monday's announcement means Hillsborough County would still have to chip in upwards of $12 million to get the service up and running. In February, county commissioners approved spending up to $125,000 to study the ferry's feasibility.

All Aboard Fla. Promises Hot Rail Revolution

Jun 2, 2014

All Aboard Florida executives and city officials believe the station complex, about 3 million square feet, will spur commercial development for miles in all directions as well as become an iconic city landmark like the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge or New York's Grand Central Station. Local officials offered glowing praise, especially since the privately financed station won't cost them a dime. "If we were to replicate this in the public sector," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, "it would cost us billions of dollars."

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

May 27, 2014
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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."

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