Posts Tagged ‘Department of Transportation’

Amid rush to deploy driverless cars, federal regulators urged to keep hands on the wheel

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
The era of driverless vehicles appears to be rapidly approaching, raising a bevy of urgent questions about how to prevent the emergence of new hazards on the nation’s roads.
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Poor Fort Lauderdale neighborhood pays millions for city streetcar line that won’t reach it

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
What does sewage in the streets around western Sistrunk Blvd. (NW 6th Street) in Fort Lauderdale have to do with the $195- million Wave Streetcar line being developed for the city? Plenty, according to Marie “Ms. Peaches” Huntley, neighborhood resident, activist, businesswoman and candidate for commissioner in District 3 of Fort Lauderdale, as well as other critics.
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U.S. judge tosses lawsuit to block All Aboard Florida; Money for Phase 2 still in question

Friday, May 26th, 2017

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando survived a lawsuit filed by Indian River and Martin counties when a federal judge on May 10 dismissed the suit. But funding problems remain.
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Tri-Rail sticking with, defending, controversial $500M, one-bid contract

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The operators of South Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter train are sticking to their guns, defending their process that disqualified five of six bidders for a half-billion dollar contract, and hoping to win back angry state leaders who want to cut their state funding over the matter.
“Right now, we’re moving forward. We followed a process, and we put the process in place,” said C. Mikel Oglesby
deputy executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.
That process has Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Transportation and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, all

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It’s official: Jim Boxold resigns as state Transportation secretary

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott Monday officially announced the resignation of state Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold after FloridaPolitics.com broke the story of his departure last Friday night.
Boxold’s resignation is effective Feb. 3, the governor said in a statement. Rachel Cone, who is now Assistant Secretary for Finance and Administration, will serve as interim secretary.
Later Monday, the governmental affairs firm Capital City Consulting also confirmed he was joining the team.
“Jim Boxold has done a great job leading FDOT and I want to thank him for his hard work as we have continued to make critical investments in Florida’s transportation infrastructure,” Scott said.
“Under his leadership, Florida has been

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Rick Scott orders FDOT to suspend tolls in counties with Hurricane Matthew evacuations

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
The Department of Transportation will suspend tolls in counties where there are evacuation orders.
The National Hurricane Center has called Hurricane Matthew a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The most recent forecast showed the entire east coast — spanning from Monroe to Nassau counties — could experience tropical storm or hurricane force winds, beach erosion, rip currents and heavy rain.
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency earlier this week in all of Florida’s 67 counties, and has encouraged Floridians to take every precaution to stay safe during the storm.
“This is a dangerous storm

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All Aboard Florida’s plan for passenger train service from Miami to Orlando in jeopardy

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando is in jeopardy following a federal judge’s order questioning the company’s ability to borrow $1.75 billion in taxpayer-subsidized federal bonds to pay for the project.
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All Aboard Florida’s plan for passenger train service from Miami to Orlando in jeopardy

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando is in jeopardy following a federal judge’s order questioning the company’s ability to borrow $1.75 billion in taxpayer-subsidized federal bonds to pay for the project.
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Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 Americans each year and injure more than 85,000. Fatalities involving large trucks are up 17 percent since 2009; injuries up 28 percent. Given these numbers, you might expect Congress to be agitating for tighter controls on big rigs. In fact, many members are pushing for the opposite – looser restrictions on the trucking industry and its drivers.
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