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The Coast to Coast Connector Trail will utilize parts of the Pinellas Trail to connect Titusville and St Pete.

Tampa Bay urban planners design more greenways, trails for future

Part of the solution to the high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities that plagues the Tampa Bay region is the opening of new greenways and trails. Several are in the works -- under construction, in the planning stages or part of a larger vision. 

Al fresco ballerinas in Trinidad, CO

Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists. Now they're taking a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds and learn from each other -- on a wider scale than ever before.

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Yes Tampa Bay Express (TBX): Key to future transportation mobility

Ray Chiaramonte: TBX will be an effective “right-now” congestion mitigation strategy for converting the failing segments of I-275, I-75 and I-4 from facilities that break down whenever volume approaches capacity, to an efficiently operated system where speed and reliability of travel time are better maintained.

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No Tampa Bay Express (TBX): A road back in time

Rick Fernandez: We are caught in a vicious, car centric cycle. Absent transit alternatives, more people will use more cars to create more traffic, more pollution and more congestion. There is no road wide enough, nor toll high enough, to change that fact. 

George Papabeis demonstrates drone flying techniques at Curtis Hixon Park.

Popularity of drones rises in Tampa Bay area

Drones have come a long way since the Austrians first used a primitive type of aerial device in 1849. In recent decades, technology has gotten smaller, less expensive, more reliable and far more user friendly -- making drones common at local events and around urban neighborhoods.

Tampa Innovation Alliance Innovation Gathering at MOSI.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating synergy through actions, connections, collaborations

Through a focus on transit and technology, the Tampa Innovation Alliance aims to help change the narrative about the entire Tampa Bay region. The idea is to engage students, startup businesses and community connections and collaborations in a combined effort.

Charley's Steak House on Cypress near I-275.

Visionaries see Westshore transit hub as connector to city's future

FDOT's purchase of property to build a multimodal transportation hub in the Westshore area of Tampa could help transform travel options for local commuters and Florida visitors looking for alternative means for getting around the Bay area.

Downtown Tampa bike lane.

Vision Zero: Sharing the road safely for everyone in Tampa Bay

No more deaths of bicyclists trying to share busy local roads with trucks and cars. That's the goal for Vision Zero, a national initiative being adopted in Tampa and Hillsborough County.  

Darlene has been an Uber driver for 16 months.

Tired of driving? Ride-hailing services ready to help transform Tampa Bay transportation scene

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft increasingly offer alternatives for getting around town to Tampa Bay area residents tired of driving themselves or depending on traditional cab companies.

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Tech-driven vehicles emerge on Tampa roads

Imagine commuting to work in your car without ever having to turn your steering wheel, rev your engine or maneuver into a parking space. That dream is closer to reality than you may think.

Roundabout at Orange and Main in Sarasota.

Sarasota creates roundabouts to improve safety, enhance traffic flow in urban neighborhoods

The city of Sarasota plans to add 16 more roundabouts on urban streets, including nine in the downtown core by 2023. Why? The simple answer is greater safety and efficiency of movement.

Tampa Heights near the I-4 on-ramp.

Are express lanes in Tampa Bay's future despite neighborhood concerns?

Spanning some of the busiest, most congested highways in west central Florida, new express lanes would be constructed in the outer lane of the current interstate corridors and operate as separate toll roads in addition to the existing general-use, un-tolled interstate lanes. The objective is to provide motorists with a speedier route -- the average speed would remain about 45 miles per hour.

Platt Street bike lane.

Pay now or pay later for Hillsborough County transportation solutions

No one who drives a motorized vehicle can seriously dispute the Tampa Bay area's growing traffic congestion. The question for Hillsborough County taxpayers is whether to pay their fair share for solutions or roll the costs over to their children and grandchildren. 

Flying into Tampa International Airport.

Want to visit Europe? Lufthansa makes it easy from Tampa

For travelers visiting many European destinations, new non-stop Lufthansa flights to Frankfurt, Germany from Tampa will eliminate the need to make a connection in another city before or after crossing the Atlantic. 

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Tampa neighborhoods surrounding downtown prepare for rebirth

Not everyone can afford to live in the new upscale residential towers going up in downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay. Enter Scott and Heidi Shimberg -- owners of Hyde Park Builders -- who plan a building spree of new housing construction in east Tampa neighborhoods that put affordability and urban living together in one package.
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