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PSTA climbs on board Janet Long’s ‘regional council of governments’ idea

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Members of the governing board of Pinellas’ bus transportation authority voted unanimously Wednesday to develop an agreement to coordinate with the Hillsborough transit authority. The agreement, which would be forwarded to the State Legislature, is a step to creating a regional council of governments that’s been proposed by Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long. Long said the proposal is a “framework” for merging several governmental agencies into one regional organization that can provide regional solutions to transit, land and economic development,…

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HART obtains FDOT funding to study driverless service

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No doubt you’ve probably heard about driverless cars – but what about a driverless bus? Officials with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) announced on Monday that the Florida Dept. of Transportation was making “up to” $1 million to fund an fund an Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Circulator Service connection between the Marion Transit Center to doowntown Tampa along the Marion Street Transitway, a street that runs through downtown that is strictly for HART buses currently to traverse. Officials say the project…

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Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway collected 48 million tolls in 2015, up 25 percent

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The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority collected nearly 48 million tolls in 2015 according to a new report from the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association. The 2015 numbers beat out the 2014 score by more than 10 million transactions, and the 25 percent increase year-over-year topped the other 30 expressway authorities and tolling agencies included in the study. IBTTA said Americans drove about 3 percent more last year; toll transactions went up by about 7 percent nationwide, hitting a total of…

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Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority gets credit ratings boost, praise for “conservative approach”

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The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority’s financial outlook got a little brighter Tuesday after a major bond credit rating agency boosted its rating. Moody’s Investors Service bumped the expressway authorities credit rating from A3 to A2 and said it expects the authority’s “conservative approach to undertaking additional projects and debt” to keep it stable. “The upgrade to A2 reflects significant increases in traffic and revenues, which have broadened THEA’s traffic base by over 20 percent and driven meaningful improvements in financial margins…

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Gov. Scott announces two judicial, 17 board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced two judicial appointments and named 17 to a variety of state boards and commissions. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Scott began by naming Hunter Carroll and Brian Iten to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. Carroll, 40, of Sarasota, is currently an attorney with Matthews Eastmoore practicing commercial litigation. He previously practiced with Carlton & Carroll from 2005-2008 and with Carlton Fields from 2002-2005. Carroll began his legal career as the Senior Staff Attorney to Chief…

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Danny Alvarez appointed to Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

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On Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Daniel Alvarez and the reappointment of Rebecca Smith to the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority. Alvarez, of Seffner, is a managing member of The Alvarez Legal Group and an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. He is the current Tampa Hispanic Heritage Hispanic Man of the Year. He previously served as a member of the Hillsborough Children’s Services Advisory Board. He succeeds Curtis Stokes and is appointed for a term beginning October…

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Tampa Expressway Authority awarded first phase of funding for connected vehicle pilot program

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Earlier this year, a national organization rated the Tampa Bay area  as 11th  in the nation for traffic congestion. Obviously, the region has problems with traffic, which is perhaps why St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes called it a “game-changer” today in describing what could be a $17 million contract that the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct what is known as a “Connected Vehicle” pilot program. It’s designed to make transportation safer, smarter and more energy efficient…

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