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Students pose with transportation sign.
USF Center for Urban Transportation Reserach

When Robert Bertini was a graduate student at Berkeley, he received a fellowship from a University Transportation Center, or UTC.

Today, he's the director of the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research, which recently received $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to open its own UTC.


A man stands in front of a biometric face scanner.
Tampa International Airport

By Carrie Pinkard

There could be a day in the future where people won’t need to shuffle through boarding passes and passports to get on a plane.

All they would need is their face.

Tampa International Airport may be heading in that direction with their biometric facial scanner pilot program.

Electric scooters stand in a row.
Wikimedia Commons

By Carrie Pinkard

Electric scooters have been getting a lot of attention in Florida lately at both the state and local levels.

St. Petersburg is the latest city to take a closer look at both the pros and cons of the transportation trend. 

People board a HART bus.
HART

“I am Thomas Dunn.”

This was the sentence that echoed through the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s (HART) board of directors meeting on Monday.

One by one, bus drivers walked up to the microphone and spoke about how the murder of their colleague had affected them.

People board a HART bus.
HART

Presenters at a Café Con Tampa event Friday talked about how they want Hillsborough County to spend transportation funds, particularly future revenue from the higher sales tax voters passed last fall.

Most of the time they talked about not wanting any rail service.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano is paving the way for a new transportation plan as the legislative session kicks into gear. But a bumpy road could lie ahead.

Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office

If you’ve ever wanted to skip the line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s office is granting your wishes. It launched Florida’s first motor vehicle registration self-service kiosks on Wednesday in Brandon.

Mayor Rick Kriseman Facebook page

St. Petersburg is one of 25 cities getting money to go green from philanthropist and rumored presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.


Construction in downtown Tampa
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

The Tampa City Council will consider changing some of its parking requirements for developers at a meeting on January 10.

Supporters of the proposal say it would help boost the city's housing stock.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

The seven candidates for Tampa mayor laid out their vision for the city's transportation infrastructure at a forum at Sparkman Wharf Tuesday night.

People board a HART bus.
HART

Starting Jan. 1, Hillsborough County residents will pay an 8.5 percent sales tax, the highest in the state.

Voters approved two referenda this week to raise taxes for transportation improvements and school repairs.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

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.

Florida Department of Transportation

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. 

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

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.

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

The Florida Department of Transportation held an industry forum Monday morning to discuss the new bridge that will replace the Howard Frankland.

They invited designers and contractors to learn about construction plans and opportunities, as well as community and environmental impacts.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Transportation planners in Hillsborough County laid out how they would spend money from a proposed one cent sales tax increase on Thursday, with little mention of rail or other mass transit options besides busses.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

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

Courtesy of Its Time Tampa Bay

Transportation planners in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties have launched a survey for residents to choose which sort of traffic-alleviating options they want most.

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Walking or bicycling the streets of Tampa Bay can be a very dangerous way to get around. Why is that and what can be done about it?

This week on Florida Matters, we talk about pedestrian and cyclist safety in our region and how to balance that with the needs of drivers.


A Hillsborough County bus
HART

A group calling themselves All for Transportation is looking to revive efforts to fund transportation improvements in Hillsborough County through a penny sales tax increase.

Sarasota County Emergency Management

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

JACOBS ENGINEERING

Taxpayers in Tampa Bay have never given the “green light” to a transit rail system, but maybe fast, cheap buses will prove more popular.

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Improving transportation in the Bay Area always seems to be a hot topic – and that was no exception Wednesday at Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay’s annual Trends in Real Estate Conference in Tampa Heights.


House and Senate Republicans are proposing the creation of a “Statewide Alternative Transportation Authority” that would oversee developing transportation systems for such things as autonomous vehicles.

Facility Seeks To Boost Transportation Technology

Nov 14, 2017

State officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday at a transportation facility in Polk County that could make Florida a leader in developing technologies related to tolling and automated driving.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Part of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa was shut down for a few hours on Monday while a vehicle directly connected to traffic signals took to the road for the first time. 

Imagine being stranded without a ride to the doctor or arriving hours late to medical appointments that your life literally depends on. Those are Florida patients’ most common grievances with a company the state pays to arrange medical transportation for people with disabilities.  


HART

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

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.

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.

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