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Planning For Improved Highway Safety, Tampa Bay

The MPO study takes a look at traffic patterns and makes recommendations for the future.

More Flights, More International At Tampa Airport

New flights from Tampa to Zurich portend more visitors and more tourism as well as additional business travel and investments in Florida.

Compelling Reasons To Save The Gandy Bridge, Tampa-St. Pete

Bicyclist Alan Snel writes about the value in saving the Gandy Bridge as a linear park for Tampa Bay residents and tourists.

Honda Ships New CRVs South Through Port Tampa

Honda begins shipping CRVS through Port of Tampa.

Bike-Friendly St. Pete Wins National Accolades

St. Petersburg ranks among the best American cities for bicycling.

Florida To Cuba Ferry Efforts Stall Till After November Election

Talks to create a ferry system between Florida and Cuba will resume after the November U.S. presidential election.

Tampa Bay Gears Up For RNC Visit In August

Several key local road projects in Tampa are on a fast track for completion before the RNC comes to town.

JetBlue Launches New Tampa To DCA Flight

Getting to the nation's capitol from Tampa just got a little bit easier thanks to JetBlue.

Tampa Begins To Turn Zack Street Into Arts Corridor

The City of Tampa plans for Zack Street to serve as a corridor of the arts connecting Franklin Street and the Hillsborough River.

Hillsborough: Repave Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard, $1.3M

Hillsborough County commissioners vote to repave Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa's most famous linear park, before the Republican National Convention comes to town in August.

Taking The Train: Tampa To NYC, Alternative Travel

Joe Sharkey, a feature writer at The New York Times, takes the Amtrak train from Tampa to New York as a rare treat to travel across country without the stresses of being on the road or in the air.

City Of Tampa Picks LA Firm To Create Master Plan

Los Angeles-based accounting firm AECOM was recently hired by Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn to create a 20-year blueprint for urban development in the neighborhoods of downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights, Ybor City, the Channel District and North Hyde Park.

Florida State Senate Rallies Around Country's First High-Speed Rail

Members of the Florida Senate are hoping private companies will step up to cover the $280 million construction bill for Florida's high-speed rail project.

Gov. Rick Scott has recently stated his reluctance to put state money toward the high-speed rail project.

Having the first high-speed rail system in the country should provide ample incentive for companies, according to comments made by state representatives in The St. Petersburg Times.

More than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project.

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Florida's First All-Electric Car Dealer Picks St. Pete

Suncoast Electric Vehicles is preparing to open Florida's first electric-only car dealership.

Among the electric vehicles is the Wheego Whip LiFe, which is highway certified and reaches a 100-mile range per charge.

Automakers Think and Coda may possibly be sold at the dealership, according to a recent article in USA Today.

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Siemens Demonstration Unveils Proposal For High-Speed Rail

German engineering giant Siemens recently unveiled its plans for the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

A demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry introduced the style of train and construction proposal for the project.

Siemens will enlist Skanska, FCC Construction and Veolia Transportation to build the tracks if it is chosen to construct the high-speed rail project.

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Tampa Trib, St. Pete Times Endorse Penny Transportation Tax

On Nov. 2 Hillsborough County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed one-cent sales-tax increase to fund transportation enhancements.

The Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times editorialized in favor of the tax increase in their Oct. 3 editions.

A tax increase would result in a light-rail project connecting the University of South Florida to downtown Tampa, and west from downtown to West Shore and Tampa International Airport.

The increase would also fund bus expansions including 134 miles of new local routes and 315 miles of new express service connecting the areas of Brandon and New Tampa with the University of South Florida and Plant City.

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Tampa Chamber Tours New Light Rail System In Phoenix

Members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce toured the new light rail system in Phoenix to better understand the potential impact of a proposed similar new system in Tampa, ABC Action News reporter Brendan McLaughlin reports.

Ridership in Phoenix far surpasses initial expectations as the light rail system becomes increasingly popular transportation for university students and downtown workers. Some 40,000 people per day ride the Phoenix trains.

In Tampa, the first legs of a proposed light rail system would connect the downtown business district with the University of South Florida and neighborhoods in North Tampa as well as to Tampa International Airport (TIA).

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Pinellas Explores Possibility Of Expanding Jolley Trolley

The nonprofit Jolley Trolley offers a unique transportation service for Clearwater Beach visitors for a fee of $1.75 per ride.

Now the trolley's directors are interested in expanding service to include downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Honeymoon Island and tourist hot spots like the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.

An annual operation fee of $150,000 is needed to make the service expansion a reality, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

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Foreign Nations Compete For Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Contract

Six foreign companies are currently competing for the chance to lend their expertise to the construction and maintenance of the country's first high-speed rail line.

China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain have sent representatives to Florida to make their pitch for a construction contract on the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

The project will generate 5,000 jobs in construction, maintenance and operations, according to Florida Rail Enterprise Executive Director Kevin Thibault.

The Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail is slated to begin running by 2015.

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St. Pete-Clearwater International Gains Midwest Service From Frontier

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) has gained a new airline.

Starting Nov. 18, Frontier Airlines will move its seasonal service between Milwaukee and Tampa International Airport to PIE.

Frontier will also begin offering nonstop flights from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International to Omaha running Jan. 16 through April 17. Service between Denver and Tampa will remain at Tampa International Airport.

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Manatee, Sarasota Counties Team Up To Attract Tourists

Manatee and Sarasota counties are teaming up to look for new ways to draw more crowds to the region.

Tourism bureaus will combine marketing efforts in the weeks leading up to the Ringling International Arts Festival presented by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from Oct. 13-17.

Another important step in attracting new visitors will be German airline Condor's decision to expand its service to a Tampa Bay area airport.

Should Condor select the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport the region could experience an estimated annual economic impact of $35 million.

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Polk County Eager To Be Key Player In Larger Super Region

As the economy recovers, Polk County officials are looking to develop the area into a super region.

Officials have examined transportation and logistical infrastructure, including the development of the University of South Florida Polytechnic's technical school and research facility alongside Interstate 4, an intermodal transportation hub located at the campus and the university's use of building business incubators in Lakeland and Winter Haven.

The county has also set aside $35 million in federal funding to widen U.S 98 to six lanes with a bicycle path, according to the News Chief.

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Tampa-Orlando Rail: Just One Of 10 High-Speed Corridors In Nation

High-speed rail is on its way to several cities in the U.S., including Tampa and Orlando.

The Philadelphia Inquirer lists 10 corridors selected for high-speed rail development ranging from a 220-m.p.h. train between Los Angeles and San Francisco to upgrading existing service in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

Tampa's corridor would have an initial cost of $3.2 billion with an expansion to Miami bringing the total to $11.5 billion.

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Hillsborough Aviation Authority Throws Support Behind TIA Light Rail

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority unanimously decided to support a light rail transit link to Tampa International Airport.

Light rail has been a possibility for the Tampa airport since the late '90s, according to The Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Unlike high-speed rail, light rail is more localized, offers less passenger capacity and travels at slower speeds.

Board members, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, also expressed support for the 1 percent sales tax increase that will appear on Hillsborough County ballots this fall.

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Moving Hillsborough Forward Raises $1 M To Push New Sales Tax

Moving Hillsborough Forward, a Hillsborough County-based organization of residents, businesses and civic groups, raised $1 million toward the effort to spread the word on the need for an expansion of transportation opportunities in the area.

The goal of the organization is to invest in educating the public on the proposed sales tax increase that will appear on November 2 ballots and to advocate in favor of the initiative.

Members of the organization include, among others, members of the Greater Tampa and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerces, Tampa Bay Builders Association and the Sierra Club.

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Tampa Officials Ponder Impact Of Development Near Rail Stations

Tampa officials are speaking out about the possibility of growth surrounding high-speed rail stations in the area.

One Tampa station in particular -- located next to a bus transfer on Morgan Street -- will become an 8.34-acre transportation center with the possibility of a light rail connection, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Some potential developments include housing, office, hotel and retail projects. Tampa's Perry Harvey park on North Orange Avenue will be revamped and a plan to bring pedestrians to the Tampa Riverwalk is underway.

High-speed rail is expected to begin running in 2015 with light rail in 2018 following approval from a 1-cent sales tax referendum appearing on ballots this fall.

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Florida's Workforce Ranked #1 In Country For 2010

America's Top States for Business Rankings, an annual CNBC study, ranks each state's ability to attract businesses based on 10 categories. The 2010 study ranks Florida's workforce at #1 -- moving up from 3 in 2009.

Overall, the state ranked #28 for its rankings of the cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation and infrastructure, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital, cost of living.

For a list of each state's rankings and individual scores visit CNBC's website.

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Florida Poised To Join Emerging Super Regions

Florida is on the verge of becoming one of the country's next "super regions," and the creation of the high-speed rail project could be the catalyst.

St. Petersburg Times staff writer Robert Trigaux recently sat down with University of Pennsylvania professor and researcher Jonathan Barnett to discuss the future of Tampa as a "super region."

Other emerging super regions across the country include Birmingham to Atlanta to Charlotte to Richmond and San Francisco to San Diego. Professor Barnett believes Florida's super region will resemble an "H"--Tallahassee, Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville-- with Interstate-4 connecting each coast.

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Competitive Grant Could Extend High-Speed Rail To TIA

Tampa City Council Member Mary Mulhern is pursuing a competitive federal grant aimed at developing high-speed corridors. The grant will likely be applied toward the expansion of the high-speed-rail project to include a stop at Tampa International Airport.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 6.

If future funding is available, the rail could be expanded to Miami by 2018, according to The Tampa Tribune.

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Largo Study Opens Discussion For Possibility Of Mass Transit

A recent survey conducted in Largo indicated that, while residents want alternative transportation options, they feel unsafe walking and riding bicycles.

The St. Petersburg Times highlights the results of this study as an indication that mass transit could have a positive impact for Pinellas County.

The survey is one of many conducted by the city to gauge transportation decisions for the future.

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Tampa's Future Rail Stop Positioned By Historic Cemetery

Hillsborough County's only planned high speed rail stop, off Morgran and Scott streets, will position the station next to Oaklawn Cemetery.

The cemetery, founded in 1850, is home to Civil War veterans, pirates and 13 former mayors.

An American Institute of Architects branch in Tampa is spearheading an effort to preserve the cemetery throughout the construction process, designate it a historic landmark and integrate into the design of the rail's station.

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Feds Release $66.6 M To Tampa, Orlando For High-Speed Rail

The federal government recently released the first portions of funding for revitalizing the country's transportation system, according to the official blog of the the U.S Secretary of Transportation.

Florida received the largest amount of funding -- $66.6 million to support preliminary engineering of the Tampa-Orlando High Speed Rail.

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Tampa Mayor Writes Guest Column On Mass Transit

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio authored a special guest column for the St. Petersburg Times sharing her thoughts on the importance of mass transit.

The column mentions the cities with similar sizes of urban populations that have either approved a state tax referendum or have already built a light rail including Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

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One Bay Tackles How To Best Improve Tampa Bay Economy, Add Jobs

The St. Petersburg Times reports on a proposal that stresses the need for long-term planning to reduce sprawl while effectively attracting an additional 3.2 million people and 1.5 million jobs to the Tampa Bay region by 2050.

The group behind the proposal is One Bay, a combination of organizations that includes the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional economic development organization; the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA).

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Florida's High Speed Rail Proposal Draws Questions, Criticisms

The $1.25 billion high-speed rail project from Tampa to Orlando was recently examined by The New York Times. The article is critical of the stimulus-funded project's key components and also discusses alternative routes that would benefit from a high-speed rail.

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Continual Transportation Growth For Tampa Bay Region

Improvements to Tampa's transportation system continue with a multimillion dollar project to assist traffic flow on Interstate 275 and a proposed penny sales tax increase in Hillsborough County to expand transportation development.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal also reports the The Tampa Port Authority celebrated an accomplished fiscal year due to their diverse endeavors in trade, shipbuilding and repair, and cruise passenger traffic.

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