Policy & Transportation Digest

FDOT considering taking parking off Jackson Street

With an upcoming resurfacing project scheduled, the Florida Department of Transportation is considering adding bike lanes to Jackson Street in downtown Tampa.  The problem with this is that it will remove a large number of much needed street parking.

The City of Tampa has expressed their concerns and is working with FDOT to find the best solution to allow for a safe bike lane without losing parking.

Budget talks being in Tallahassee

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission met in Tallahassee this week to hear the forecast for the upcoming 2017-2018 state budget.   According to leadership in both the Florida House and Senate, cuts in state spending will occur.  Most notably, Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran said that he believes the first step to saving money will be to eliminate Enterprise Florida.

Is the County’s new transportation plan really a plan?

That is what the Tampa Bay Times is asking in a recent editorial.  The Times questions if this modest start will really make an impact in the community.  The paper also notes that this really does nothing for the three cities in the county or for HART.

Transportation Networking Companies and regulations are a big issue this week

From an editorial to press conferences and public meetings, the regulations of TNC’s such as Uber and Lyft have been the talk of Tampa Bay this week.

See what is being said:

The Tampa Bay Times released an editorial.

Mayor Buckhorn holds a press conference blasting the PTC.

State lawmakers weigh in on the issue.

The PTC votes to impose local regulations.

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