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Tampa Downtown Partnership adds a pair of Chevy Bolts to Tampa fleet

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The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner cycled a pair of Chevy Bolts into its all-electric fleet Wednesday, promising lightning fast access for plugged-in downtown Tampa commuters. “Adding these vehicles to the fleet will reduce wait times, support increasing ridership demand and provide riders with protection from the Florida heat via air conditioning,” said Downtowner COO Travis Gleason. The app company executive said the Bolts have enough juice to go 200 miles before they need a charge, which is more than three…

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Insurance group vows to push for ride-sharing next Session

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The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida said it “laments” insurance regulations for ride-hailing apps not making it past lawmakers in the 2016 Legislative Session. “With Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing services becoming popular modes of transportation by both residents and visitors to our state, its unfortunate lawmakers could not come to a consensus on something so basic and important as insurance,’’ PIFF executive director Michael Carlson said in a Friday email. The federation was backing a bill by Altamonte…

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Stephanie Smith to join Uber in Florida

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Uber, the hired-car company seeking to secure its presence in Florida, has taken on former Florida-based lobbyist Stephanie Smith to head up its external affairs in the Sunshine State. Smith will leave her Atlanta-based post as AT&T’s director of public affairs for Florida and Georgia. She’ll direct Uber’s media and public relations and lobbying efforts. Smith and Uber representatives declined to comment before the company makes a formal announcement. She joins the ride-hailing service as it fights on several fronts in Florida, including legislative,…

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