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Joe Henderson: Hillsborough Commission wusses out with transportation vote

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Six Hillsborough County Commissioners took the wuss way out Wednesday on a major vote about the future of transportation here. I would say I’m shocked, but mama and my Sunday school teachers always told me never to lie. The commission has done little over the decades to show commitment to thinking and planning for anything except the next election. So, chalk up the 6-1 vote to spend $812 million in the next 10 years on another transportation (must not laugh,…

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St. Pete City Council agrees to hire consultant to help develop ‘complete streets’

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St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously voted Thursday to spend up to $194,700 for consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates to help develop the complete streets program. Among Kimley-Horn’s duties will be to provide design guidance in developing St. Petersburg’s complete streets program and to update the city trails master plan. Council members adopted the concept of complete streets last year. “Complete streets” is a design concept that requires roads to be designed with an eye to safety and to ease of…

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It’s dangerous to be a pedestrian in Pinellas County, traffic report says

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Pinellas County has the highest fatality rate for pedestrians involved in traffic crashes among urbanized Florida counties, according to an annual report of traffic crashes. The 2016 Traffic Crash Trends and Conditions Report was presented Wednesday to Forward Pinellas. It also showed Pinellas with a pedestrian fatality rate that was 80 percent higher than the national average over the five-year period from 2011-2015. When compared with Palm Beach, Orange, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward counties, Pinellas ranked No. 1 in pedestrian…

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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

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Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast. As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina…

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Miami-Dade to get new Uber carpool service

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Uber is taking the next big step in trying to break Miami-Dade’s growing traffic congestion. On Thursday, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing tech company launches uberPOOL, a next-generation carpool service that matches passengers going in the same direction, while allowing them to split the cost of the ride. Ryan Graves, Uber’s Senior Vice President and Head of Global Operations, says that Miami-Dade will be one of the “handful of U.S. communities” to test market uberPOOL, in an effort to “impact riders, drivers…

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FDOT officials bring expressway plans to Pinellas

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Florida Department of Transportation officials will be on hand 5 to 7 Thursday evening to answer questions and present the Gateway Expressway project to residents. The meeting will be at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s administration building located at 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg. The location is appropriate considering it’s just about ground zero for the project set to begin in 2017 when getting from South St. Pete or mid-Pinellas to North County will start getting a whole lot quicker.…

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SPT’s Tim Nickens takes it to Charlie Crist

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Tim Nickens has written a column blasting Charlie Crist. Here’s an early preview: Gov. Charlie Crist’s political radar went haywire last week when he decided to become the governor who killed growth management in Florida… But the governor’s political instincts failed him last week when he signed into law a bill that guts growth management and sets this state back decades. Judging from letters to the editor and political blogs, it’s not just environmental groups and local governments that are…

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