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Time running out for people looking to flee Irma

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Roads became clogged and fuel supplies strained as more than 1 million people were told to find shelter inland, upstate or in neighboring states in advance of massive Hurricane Irma, which will blanket most of Florida this weekend.

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Study shows Florida has most toll roads in the nation, with more to come

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Florida has the most toll roads in the nation, with Orange County having the most per square mile in the state. There are 719 miles of Florida toll roads, reports LobbyTools, and Central Florida is at the epicenter. Orange County boasts 153 miles of toll roads, possibly making it an area with the most toll roads in the country. “Orlando has got a more fully developed, elaborate set of toll roads than really any other metro area in the U.S.,” says…

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Favoritism in awarding state toll collection contract, company claims

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A company has filed a complaint claiming Florida transportation officials used favoritism in awarding a multimillion-dollar toll collection contract. WFTV Channel 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando reports an administrative judge will take up the 28-page complaint from Accenture over the $600 million state contract that may not have gone to the best company to do the job. The contract was awarded in June to rival Xerox. Belvin Perry, a former judge who is now a WFTV legal expert, said the…

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Transportation procurement inconsistencies taking a toll on Florida taxpayers

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You might not know it from reading the Tampa Tribune lately, but at this moment a handful of major companies are locked in a heated campaign to secure a major state contract to provide an oft-overlooked but essential service: the administration of tolls that help fund Florida’s more than 80,000 miles of roads. After 16 years since the introduction of the Sunpass in 1999, our state’s tolling infrastructure is due for an update. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently conducting a procurement process designed to…

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