All posts tagged FDOT

District 7 is keeping busy!

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently shared three studies with the MPO looking at the possibility of widening sections of state roads that have been on a waiting list for quite some time. FDOT District 7 has been interested in moving these forward, as a matter of fact, the US 92 PD&E Re-evaluation Study…

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Spotlight on neighborhood impacts

Tampa’s Downtown Interchange is a source of congestion, frustration, and sometimes crashes, but unclogging the bottlenecks will impact neighborhoods like Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Ybor, and the Downtown Arts District. On Tuesday, March 22, engineers and planners took a bus and walking tour to view the areas where the Tampa Bay Express project is proposed…

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FDOT embraces Complete Streets

Roadway engineering is a precise profession. Most of us have no idea that the roads we use started with a long mathematical equation of slopes, speeds, widths, clearances, and other dimensions. Yet as exact and consistent as designs have been over the years, things do change even in traffic engineering, and a new and innovative…

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Driver Free Rides!

At FDOT’s third annual Automated Vehicles Summit, December 1 – 2 in Jacksonville, a vehicle the size and speed of a golf cart carried passengers from one end of a parking lot to the other, and back again… without a driver. Developed by the French company Meridian, the cute open-air vehicle has also been finding…

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Bringing tech to transit

One of the greatest challenge to increasing bus ridership, especially when appealing to those who have other travel choices, is to make riding the bus faster than driving a car. Most of the frustration when commuting happens when sitting at a traffic light. If a bus is stuck there with the rest of traffic, then…

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MPO transit priorities move forward in FDOT work program

November was a momentous month for transit in Tampa Bay. The Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven announced that it intends to fund several of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s major transit priorities. These projects have been included in the District’s tentative work program for FY 2017 – 2021. $4 million for bus replacements in FY…

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FDOT invitation to innovation

The Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT) continually strives to enhance all areas of its operations. In support of these effo rts, the department recently moved into a bold new era for innovative ideas, research and accelerated implementation. Success will depend on our ability to carefully evaluate or implement the products and services provided to the users…

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Lopano named Aviation Professional of the Year!

Each year, the Florida Department of Transportation recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Florida aviation. In July, we learned that the prestigious award of Aviation Professional of the Year was given to MPO Board Member and Hillsborough Aviation Authority‘s CEO, Joe Lopano. Mr. Lopano’s contribution to the world of transportation starts…

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Public Hearing Notice FDOT Five-Year Tentative Work Progam

Online, October 26 through October 30, 2015 In person, October 28th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at MPO Office, 18th floor, County Center (601 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa) The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven, invites you to provide your comments to FDOT by participating in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing….

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One voice on top regional priorities

What happens when representatives from eight counties, six MPOs and two FDOT districts meet to discuss which transportation projects to fund next? Cynics might predict squabbling over parochial concerns would trump regional needs, but they would be wrong. Defying such predictions, elected officials and agency heads from across West Central Florida came together in May….

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Your community transportation plan has arrived

In the next 25 years, more than 1.8 million people will call Hillsborough County home. As it stands, today’s transportation system is struggling to keep up with current demands and current financial resources are already committed. In order to compete for jobs with other communities of our size, we need to invest in transportation and…

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Special session buzz

Negotiations over the state budget required a special session of the legislature which convened June 1-20. Transportation was a point of alignment between the Senate and House, which had similar funding levels for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) at approximately $10 billion. The FDOT work program’s major projects in Hillsborough were reviewed and approved by the…

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FDOT kicks in $1 million to plan streetcar expansion

Richard Danielson, Times Staff writer Published April, 22, 2015 The Florida Department of Transportation has committed $1 million to help City Hall figure out how to expand Tampa’s underused and underfunded downtown streetcar. “We’ve got to fix the streetcar,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a recent interview. “We can maintain the status quo for a…

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