Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Transportation

Tampa gets look at driverless shuttles planned for downtown

TAMPA — Vendors on Wednesday morning showed off the driverless electric shuttles they plan to offer for such local projects as the Marion Street Transitway in downtown Tampa.

The demonstrations were part of the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit that took place in Tampa on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. During Wednesday's expo, French company Easy Mile presented the shuttle service "EZ10," which runs on virtual tracks.

RELATED" Driverless Marion Street shuttle will serve Tampa bus riders starting next year

Siemens and NXP Semiconductors also hosted a "live connected vehicle" demonstration. Participants were driven around on a half-mile course. The technology was an example of some of the systems expected to be featured in a downtown pilot program through HART and the federal Department of Transportation.

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Leader of group behind transportation petition drive had his signature thrown out

Leader of group behind transportation petition drive had his signature thrown out

TAMPA — Tyler Hudson has become the face of the citizens group behind the Hillsborough County sales tax transportation initiative.The Tampa Heights attorney took the lead at news conferences and delivered boxes of signatures for the group’s petition ...
Published: 08/21/18
Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida again is one of the states with the worst drivers in nation, according to a study conducted by SmartAsset.The good news? At least we aren’t in first place anymore.RELATED: Florida is the worst state in the nation in every way, rankings sayFlo...
Published: 08/20/18
Have you made up your mind on a transportation sales tax? Many candidates haven’t

Have you made up your mind on a transportation sales tax? Many candidates haven’t

TAMPA — Some 51,000 people signed a petition to place a sales-tax hike for transportation on the Nov. 6 ballot, but many of the 17 people seeking seats on the Hillsborough County Commission say they’re still making up their minds.Some candidates aren...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Transportation activists hope to pave over past referendum defeats

Transportation activists hope to pave over past referendum defeats

TAMPA — The group behind a sales tax transportation initiative used hundreds of volunteers and spent at least $550,000 on a petition-gathering firm in a frantic six-week dash to qualify for the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.That may have been the ea...
Published: 08/11/18
Troubled SunPass vendor could have to pay $1.7 million, but Florida isn’t asking for it

Troubled SunPass vendor could have to pay $1.7 million, but Florida isn’t asking for it

The vendor responsible for recent problems with the SunPass tolling system could be on the hook to pay the state at least $1.7 million based on a review of documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.But the Florida Department of Transportation hasn’t ...
Published: 08/08/18
Updated: 08/09/18
Petition succeeds, Hillsborough voters set to decide on sales tax hike for transportation

Petition succeeds, Hillsborough voters set to decide on sales tax hike for transportation

TAMPA — As if there wasn’t enough riding on the mid-term elections, a plan to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation projects is now set to go before Hillsborough voters.The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections confirmed Wednesday that ...
Published: 08/08/18

Flooding closes WPA Road in Brooksville; Rackley, other roads still closed

BROOKSVILLE — Flooding on Wednesday led the Hernando County Department of Public Works to close WPA Road just south of its intersection with Mondon Hill Road.More than a foot of water is covering part of the road, east of downtown Brooksville, accord...
Published: 08/08/18
Ferry project waves goodbye to $4.7 million federal grant

Ferry project waves goodbye to $4.7 million federal grant

TAMPA — If the long-awaited commuter ferry service between south Hillsborough County and MacDill Air Force Base ever happens, it will likely be without federal money. Leaders of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority acknowledged Mon...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18
High-speed rail firm scouting land for station and development around proposed Rays ballpark site

High-speed rail firm scouting land for station and development around proposed Rays ballpark site

TAMPA — Brightline, the firm behind the passenger rail system between Miami and West Palm Beach, doesn’t yet know if it will win a state bid to build a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando.But the company is already scouting sites for a ter...
Updated one month ago
Southbound I-275 ramp to northbound 75 in Manatee County to close for 10 months

Southbound I-275 ramp to northbound 75 in Manatee County to close for 10 months

People who travel from Pinellas County to southern Hillsborough using the interstates may want to build in some extra time.The Florida Department of Transportation has shut down the ramp that shuttles motorists from southbound Interstate 275 in Manat...
Updated one month ago