Posts Tagged ‘Florida Department of Transportation’

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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Space Florida approves loan to get OneWeb factory under construction

Friday, March 10th, 2017
With a $17.5 million, third-party loan arranged and approved Friday by Space Florida, OneWeb expects to begin construction of its satellite factory next week outside the gates of Kennedy Space Center.
OneWeb already had received approval for a $17.5 million package of state incentives through the Florida Department of Transportation in a deal SpaceFlorida worked out last year. The loan, through SunTrust Bank, approved Friday by the SpaceFlorida Board of Directors, expedites the flow of that money to get construction started, while OneWeb and its partners, principally Airbus, work through some corporate arrangements on longterm financing.
The company is committed to building

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Rick Scott budget proposing cutting $156 million from Tri-Rail over contract

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott is proposing cutting $156 million in state funding for Tri-Rail development unless the South Florida Regional Transit Authority reverses its decision to award a controversial half-billion contract to a lone qualified bidder.
Scott’s proposed 2017 state budget now includes an item calling for “no funding” until the authority withdraws, cancels or otherwise terminates the authority’s Notice of Intent for awarding its operating contract to Herzog Transit Services.
On the line is $156 million the state had programmed for Tri-Rail’s capital outlay from the Florida Transportation Trust Fund.
A transit authority spokeswoman said Tuesday the authority was aware of the

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Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold threatens to pull Tri-Rail’s state money

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Blowback erupted from another direction for the South Florida Regional Transit Authority late Friday over its big and controversial Tri-Rail operations contract when Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold questioned the agency’s accountability and threatened to cut off its state money.
Boxold sent the transit authority’s Executive Director Jack Stephens a letter late Friday questioning the SFRTA’s accountability and saying the department now will be reviewing state funding for the commuter rail system, “and may elect to withhold such funding in the future.”
The trigger for Boxold’s response came when the SFRTA Board of Directors voted on Friday afternoon to award a long-term

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Orlando is building the train station, not sure when or if trains will arrive

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

By the end of this year Orlando’s gleaming new $211 million train station should be virtually finished at Orlando International Airport, but it may be many years before trains start rolling in – if at all.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is building a train station based on a vision of the future in which planes, trains, cars and buses all come together at what would be Florida’s tourism hub, with a people-mover tram connecting the station to the main air terminals, and a walkway to the next big air terminal GOAA plans to build next door. There also will

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What to make of House candidate Jackie Toledo?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Jackie Toledo, the oft-controversial Republican running for Florida House District 60, has a major fundraiser planned for Wednesday.
And while the invitation for the event is studded with dozens of local Republican heavyweights, I’m still not sure what to make of Toledo.
Is she, as I want to believe, the latest in a line of Hillsborough Republican female pols who were initially underestimated by their critics and the media (think Sandy Murman during her stint in the Florida House)?
Or is Toledo, as La Gaceta’s Patrick Manteiga will tell you, a Tampa Bay version of Michele Bachmann (I guess that would make

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Jamaica and Haiti.
Heavy bands from the Category 4 storm have already flooded streets and sent many people to emergency shelters in the two countries. Two deaths have already been reported in Haiti, bringing the total for the storm to at least four.
“If Hurricane Matthew directly impacts Florida, there could be massive destruction which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992. This is why we cannot delay and must prepare for a direct impact now,” said Scott in a

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Jack Latvala to FDOT: Don’t turn lanes on Howard Frankland into toll roads

Monday, September 26th, 2016

State Sen. Jack Latvala on Monday wrote to the Florida Department of Transportation objecting to any plan to start charging tolls on current lanes of the Howard Frankland bridge.
Latvala was reacting to recent news that state officials plan to take one of the four existing lanes in each direction on the bridge and charge tolls. Until recently, local officials understood the plan, which is part of a wider highway expansion proposal known as the Tampa Bay Express, was to add new lanes to the bridge. Those new lanes would be tolled.
Instead, FDOT planned to reduce the non-toll lanes in

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Florida Poly and FDOT team up on SunTrax testing facility

Monday, September 26th, 2016
Who knows: Florida Polytechnic University could be where one of the self-driving cars of the future is tested.
The school and the Florida Department of Transportation on Monday agreed to partner on the creation of a new “transportation technology testing facility” to be called SunTrax.
SunTrax will include a 2.25 mile oval track on a 400-acre site in Polk County, located between Tampa and Orlando.
“The creation of this facility will establish Florida as a transportation technology leader and create a high-tech hub for the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies related to tolling, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and automated and connected

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Sally Swartz: Are real changes or just distractions coming from FDOT?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Deposit play money labeled “Martin mobility bucks” in boxes labeled with road projects. Or play a big screen computer game, voting for projects on a hand-held clicker.
Martin County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization gets an “A” for effort in trying to get residents involved in deciding how the state should spend money building roads, bike paths and trails in the county.
But the 25 residents deserve extra credit for braving heavy rain and flooded roads to attend the MPO’s open house at Indian River State College’s Stuart campus this past Wednesday.
The MPO, which includes elected officials from local governments who choose future

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Shari Anker: Battle to save 2 preserve state parks teaches statewide lessons

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
The story of the Port St. Lucie Crosstown Parkway Bridge tells how we lose Florida’s  natural beauty, resources, and ecosystems, even if they exist in our Preserve State Parks. It’s the story of a battle that must be fought if we are to save any of them.
In 1990, the city of Port St. Lucie surveyed federal, state, and regional natural resource/regulatory agencies about building a bridge through the North Fork of the St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve — established in 1972— using two potential routes. All agencies commented that both routes crossed very environmentally sensitive lands and waters, affecting

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