Startup 275

Startup 275The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) have joined together to launch Startup 275, a creative campaign targeting would-be entrepreneurs in an effort to minimize traffic along the I-275 improvement zone.

Startup 275 is a new spin on carpooling, in which carpool teams will compete to win $10,000 to fund an idea voted on by the public. Tampa-based Cox Media radio station 97X is the presenting sponsor and will be giving away the $10,000 prize. The contest is open exclusively to commuters who travel I-275 at any point between the Howard Frankland Bridge and the Hillsborough River at least 12 days a month. The first 500 active carpoolers will also be eligible to earn a $25 Visa Gift Card each month.

The goals of the Startup 275 program are to increase carpooling, create a safer commute to and from work or school in the I-275 improvement zone and to rally the community around resident-driven ideas.

For more information about Startup 275, please visit the official website at Startup275.com.

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Tampa Bypass Canal Trail Feasibility Study

Tampa Bypass Canal Trail Feasibility StudyHow do you envision the Tampa Bypass Canal trail?

The proposed 17-mile Bypass Canal Trail running from Flatwoods Park to Adamo Drive is envisioned as a 12-foot multi-use trail connecting parks and communities. It includes over and under passes, and roadway crossings.

Please join us for a public open house on Thursday, September 20th from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at:

Veterans Memorial Park

3602 Highway 301, Tampa, Florida 33619

Stop by anytime from 4:30 to 6:30pm to view the project scope and discuss aspects of the design,including road shoulders, roadway crossings,and over & under passes, with members of the design team.

The study is a cooperative effort among:

South Florida Water Management District

Florida Department of Transportation

Hillsborough County Parks

City of Tampa

Hillsborough Aviation Authority

Tampa Expressway Authority

Tampa Electric

Sprinkle Consulting

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Persons planning to attend this meeting in need of special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require interpreter services (free of charge) should contact Michele Ogilvie at  813.273.3774 x317 or ogilviem@plancom.org at least 3 business days in advance.

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High Speed Rail Exhibition at MOSI October 8-9

Florida is about to make U.S. transportation history as the first state to create a high-speed rail network with trains connecting its metropolitan areas at speeds of up to 200 mph.  The first segment to be constructed will be Orlando to Tampa, with Miami to Orlando scheduled to follow.

To bring this future to life now, Siemens – the world’s leading provider of Complete Mobility solutions – announces The Future of Florida High-Speed Rail Tour. Come hear the bold vision in store for Florida’s transportation future that Siemens and its consortium partners are envisioning. Walk through a full-size model of a Velaro high-speed train from Siemens and learn about what make these trains run—safely, super fast and sustainably!

Dates:  
October 8, 2010 (2 PM – 7 PM) and October 9-10, 2010 (9 AM – 5 PM)

Location: MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) 
                         4801 E. Fowler Avenue
                         Tampa, Florida             

Register now!

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USF Bull Runner D Route Detour

Beginning September 20 through November 18, the USF Bull Runner D Route will be on a detour route due to construction on 22nd Street. This will cause some delays and may interfere with BullTracker effectiveness. USF Parking and Transportation is actively monitoring and making adjustments as necessary to minimize the impact.

 

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USF Transportation Expo

USF Transportation Expo FlyerTransportation at USF is not just about cars. Learn about alternatives for students, staff and faculty at the Transportation EXPO.

When: Wednesday, September 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Phyllis Marshall Student Center Atrium

What you will find:

  • Zimride: a new carpooling service at USF that lets you find rides using your social network
  • New Preferential Parking for Carpoolers: offered by USF Parking and Transportation Services
  • WeCar: hourly car rental saves you big money and makes a car available when you need it
  • Bull Runner Shuttle features automated vehicle tracker, use your iPhone to know exactly when the next bus arrives
  • HART regional bus service: Students ride for free!
  • 8 free Emergency taxi Rides Home: available to those who use transportation alternatives
  • SAFE Team: night time escort provided by Student Government
  • ZingoTampa: gets you and your car home safely when you shouldn’t be driving
  • Borrow Our Bikes Bull Rider Program at Campus Recreation: provided by Student Government
  • Campus Police bicycle anti-theft registration: from 2-4 pm
  • Free classes on bicycle and pedestrian safety every hour

And more!

  • Learn about long range transportation plans for Tampa Bay area
  • Learn about the proposed rapid transit service that could connect downtown Tampa to USF and beyond and differing perspectives about it
  • Join Tampa BayCycle, the USF Bicycle Club and WalkWise Tampa Bay for safe bicycling and walking
  • Find out about plans to place electric plug-in infrastructure throughout the region to make electric vehicles a reliable transportation option
  • Register to vote! Hillsborough County League of Women Voters, and volunteers from the USF Residence Hall Association and the USF Student Chapter of ITE  will help you from 11 am –2 pm 

 

Co-Sponsored by: USF Office of Sustainability and the New North Transportation Alliance

For more information, contact Sara Hendricks at Hendricks@cutr.usf.edu.

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HART Needs Your Help on the Alternatives Analysis Study

 

Attend a public hearing on the Alternatives Analysis Study

Saturday, September 25
9AM – 12 Noon
University Area Community Development Center
14013 North 22nd St.
Tampa, Florida 33613
Thursday, September 30
4:30PM – 6:30PM
County Center, 2nd Floor
BOCC Board Room
601 East Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Provide your feedback and comments on the alignments and technology

*All comments on the Alternatives Analysis must be received by October 7.  For more information, visit www.gohartaa.org.

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New Tampa and Wesley Chapel Mobility Forum

New Tampa & Wesley Chapel: Making Better Connections mobility forum is scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Information Displays at 5:30pm/Meeting at 6:30pm

Wharton High School 20150 Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Tampa

Hosted by: Jack Harris, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Hillsborough Commissioner Mark Sharpe, Pasco Commissioners Ann Hildebrand and Pat Mulieri

Transportation improvements are scheduled for Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Cross Creek Boulevard, SR 54, SR 56, I-75, and more.  These improvements include roads, rail, bus, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.  Let your voice be heard about the future of transportation in your area. For complete details, view the flyer.

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HART Community Open Houses and Public Hearings on Alternatives Analysis Study

 
HART is in the final phase of the Alternatives Analysis (AA) study and will develop recommendations on the preferred alternative in each corridor.  The following work is being undertaken:

  • Finalizing the remaining alternatives, including the alignment, vehicle requirements, station locations, supporting park and ride lots, operating and capital costs
  • Comparing the performance of each alternative against several factors, including ridership, travel time, land use, and economic development, cost and cost effectiveness
  • Developing recommendations on the alternative that would best address community needs:                                                                                 

       – Specific technology: bus, bus rapid transit, light rail                    
       – Specific route alignment and end points  

We Need Your Input!
Public input is a critical part of the AA study.  Six Community Open Houses and two Public Hearings will be held in September.  Click here to ensure your voice is heard!

For more information regarding the Alternatives Analysis process and the alternatives being studied, or to share your comments, questions and concerns, visit the AA website at www.goHARTAA.org.

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University Area Transportation Summit

Learn more about the transportation initiative for Hillsborough County including road projects, expanded bus service, and light rail at the University Area Transportation Summit.

Wednesday, July 14 5:30 to 7:30pm  

University Research Park Building: 3720 Spectrum Blvd *Enter through the USF Tampa campus main entrance

Speakers include: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Jim Davis, former U.S. Congressman

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Temple Terrace Downtown Redevelopment Groundbreaking

After years of hopes, plans and dreams, Temple Terrace’s heralded downtown revelopment project will start with a bang this summer when the City and the master developer host a major Redevelopment Groundbreaking event.

The event will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 2:00pm on the site of the project, a 29-acre parcel southeast of Bullard Parkway and 56th Street. More

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