TBARTA’s commuter vanpool program is the way to work!

December Promotion: We are giving away new flat screen T.V.’s or Ipad’s for the first 5 new van’s drivers! Add a new benefit for your employees at no cost to the Employer.  Vanpooling saves your employees money on their way to work.  Our ridematching system links 5-15 people with similar commutes and helps companies and employees reduce costs and hassle on their daily commute. While vanpooling to work they can sleep, socialize with friends or get a headstart on the workday on a smart phone or through one of our Wi-Fi enabled vans.  We make it easy! We identify clusters of people/coworkers who live in the same area.  We are offering a FREE Cluster Analysis and One FREE Month Demo Van promotion for new Employers. We host group meetings and help form commuter groups.  We set-up vehicle delivery, provide insurance and regular maintenance. Contact: Ed Chase, Business Development.  Direct Dial: 813-849-8320. Email: ed.chase@vRide.com

http://www.vride.com/commuter-tax-benefits-incentives-grant-assistance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulls Walk and Bike Week

CUTR-FBThe week-long campaign will take place across the USF Tampa campus September 9-13, 2013, promoting awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety with reminders to Walk Wise, Bike Smart, and Drive Carefully. The scheduled events for the week include the following highlights: Monday, September 9th, Walk with the Bulls event – Join USF President Judy Genshaft on a walk around the beautiful USF Tampa campus; Tuesday, September 10th , Complete Streets Open House – Learn and give feedback at the USF Marshall Center about transportation projects happening around the USF area; Thursday, September 12th, Bicycle Celebration at the USF Marshall Center where we will be raffling off 10 bicycles to faculty, staff, and students; and Friday, September 13th – Cycling Savvy Class at CUTR to learn techniques of bicycling.

More information on these events can be found on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bullswalkandbikeweek
The 2011 Florida pedestrian fatality rates were nearly double the national average and bicycle fatality rates were nearly triple the national average, based on NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts data. Hillsborough County alone saw 658 pedestrian and bicycle related crashes resulting in 666 injuries and 36 fatalities. In 2011, there were 38 pedestrian and bicycle related crashes within a 1.5 mile radius around and including the USF Tampa campus. The goal of this event is to promote safety to not only pedestrians and bicyclists, but to motorists as well, with the hope of bringing these numbers closer to zero.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) has received support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Traffic Safety Office to conduct the second annual USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week educational campaign.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Improvements in New North

In September 2013, Hillsborough County is about to begin construction on bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements on three segments of roadway in New North.

56th Street, from Fowler Avenue to Fletcher Avenue
• Install 3,200 linear feet of sidewalk on the west side of 56th Street.
• Install 2,500 linear feet of sidewalk on the east side of 56th Street to close existing gaps.
• Install two high-visibility mid-block crosswalks with rapid flashing beacons at 122nd Avenue and at 127th Avenue.
• Existing HART bus stops will be relocated to the new crosswalk locations.
• Install street lighting on both sides of 56th Street.

42nd Street, from Fletcher Avenue to Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
• Install 1,500 linear feet of sidewalk on the east side of 42nd Street where existing gaps occur.
• Install two high-visibility mid-block crosswalks with rapid flashing beacons between Wood Spring Lane and Lazy Oaks Drive, and just south of Valor Court.
• HART will relocate existing bus stops to the new crosswalk locations.
• Install street lighting on both sides of 42nd Street.

Bruce B. Downs Blvd., from Fletcher Avenue to Bearss Avenue
• Install sidewalks on the east and west sides of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. to eliminate existing gaps.
• Hillsborough County proposes lighting improvements along Bruce B. Downs Blvd. They are currently under design by TECO and the upgrades would be done by TECO.

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Thomas Locke Remembered

Thomas Locke Remembered

Tom with participants

Tom Locke talking about alternative transportation                                                                                                                     during Commuter Choices Week, USF 2002

Dear New North Transportation Alliance Members & Friends,

With great sadness, we report that Thomas Locke, General Manager of the University Mall and Vice Chair of the New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA), passed away Monday, July 1, 2013.  A memorial celebration will be held Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00 PM at the University Area Development Center, 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida 33613.

If it were not for the abiding interest, leadership and advocacy by Tom Locke over the years, going back to 1994, the New North Transportation Alliance would not have accomplished all that it has.  Tom was long-time Chair and Vice Chair of NNTA, formerly known as the University North Transportation Initiative (UNTI).

Tom had developed a large network of contacts in the community business arena.  Having moved recently from Chicago, he was aware of the effects that rapid urbanization has upon the transportation system and mobility of the community.  He was well attuned to the needs of private businesses in the area, especially on issues of transportation access, employee recruitment and retention, and safety.  He became personally involved in other related issues, primarily regional planning activities that will set the course of major transportation investments for the next forty years. This involvement made him well known and respected in the transportation community and articulate about the issues.  Tom’s participation in NNTA has been responsible for much of the momentum and focus of the organization.  He understood the importance of reminding NNTA members periodically of its many accomplishments.

In NNTA’s earlier history, Tom had provided the University Mall as a location for the former University North Commuter Center, a one-stop shop for transportation information and HART bus tickets during the 1990’s.  Tom provided the University Mall as the location for Alternative Transportation Week special events and the location for BikeLids parking at a time when few businesses considered providing bicycle parking facilities for their employees and customers.

In partnership with USF, Tom initiated and provided support for the Mall Express, a noon-time shuttle service between USF and the University Mall.  This later expanded into the USF Bull Runner.

Tom advocated for the development of a multimodal transportation system and he addressed the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners about the transportation needs in our service area. Tom actively reached out to the Hillsborough MPO to include UNTI and the other transportation management organizations in the MPO Transportation Improvement Program.

Tom facilitated meetings and discussions about a host of local transportation issues, including the proposed East/West Connector, Bruce B. Downs Blvd. corridor safety, and the need for bike lanes on 42nd Street.

Early in Tom’s tenure as Chair, he was recognized by then Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn for his civic activities. Tom was a member of the Committee of 99, an advisory group to the Hillsborough County Commission that considered various transportation improvement scenarios during the late 1990’s.  Ten years later, he served as a stakeholder to the Light Rail Alternatives Analysis and for HART’s MetroRapid bus rapid transit service. More recently, Tom advocated tirelessly on behalf of the completion of multimodal street and safety improvements to 22nd Street as part of his work with our partner, the University Area Community Development Corporation.  It was Tom’s idea to hold the Transportation EXPO at USF in September 2010.

Through Tom’s devoted advocacy, the New North area continues to improve for its residents and commuters. His support for the good work of the NNTA was consistent and enthusiastic, resulting in many transportation choice improvements with more yet to be realized in the years to come. We will miss Tom’s leadership and persona tremendously.

Sincerely,

Barbara S. Donerly, RA, AICP, LEED  AP

Co-Chair NNTA

Assistant Director, USF Facilities Planning & Construction

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Memorial Celebration for Tom Locke to be held at UADC

7_lockecroppedA memorial celebration will be held Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00 PM at the University Area Development Center, 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida 33613. For those who are unable to attend the celebration, please visit www.curlewhills.com, obituaries, to post a tribute. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the University Area Development Corporation, 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, Florida 33613. Visit curlewhills.com.

http://legacy.suburbanchicagonews.com/obituaries/stng-napervillesun/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=165673836#fbLoggedOut

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Celebrate Earth Day and Share a Ride!

April is Earth Month and Earth Day celebrations around the world will take place on April 22.

The environmental impact of transportation is significant.  Even sharing one ride during the month will have an impact!

USF is partnered with Zimride to provide a ridesharing network for USF employees and students.  This is an easy way to find a ride to share.  Go to:

https://www.zimride.com/usf

FACEBOOK
Save money on your next road trip by posting on Zimride and matching up with other USF Employees! https://www.zimride.com/usf  Zimride is private to USF and you can easily see information about the driver or passenger before coordinating a ride. Save money and meet new people with Zimride at USF!

TWITTER
Save money on your next road trip by posting on Zimride and matching up with other students! https://www.zimride.com/usf
@USFNEWS @zimride

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ANNOUNCING ONEBUSAWAY!

Do you ride HART buses?  If so, we would like to tell you about an exciting pilot program and research study launching OneBusAway.    OneBusAway uses GPS technology to track the location of HART buses in real-time, so you know if your bus will arrive on-time or late.  OneBusAway can be used through the internet on computers or phones with the web, and it is also an “app” for smartphones (iPhone and Android).   It was developed by researchers at the University of South Florida in coordination with researchers at Georgia Tech.

A group of bus riders will get to try out OneBusAway through this pilot program and study.   Bus riders who would like to participate in this program will be asked to fill out a short (10-minute) online survey.  As compensation for completing this online survey, you will get a FREE ONE-DAY BUS PASS.

This study is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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