Policy & Transportation Digest

Senator Latvala urges FDOT not to put toll lanes on Howard Frankland Bridge
Senator Jack Latvala is the latest elected official to ask the Florida Department of Transportation not to include planned toll lanes on the Howard Frankland Bridge.  He expressed the concern that the toll lane would take away an existing travel lane, which might lead to more traffic on an already congested roadway.

More TBX thoughts:
Are we acting like a
region?
The
Howard Frankland lane debate continues.

New State Laws go into Effect this weekend
On Saturday,
26 new state laws go into effect in Florida.  The new laws range from stronger penalties for gas station skimmers to new human trafficking regulations.  Most of the new state laws went into effect on July 1, but some are set to begin on October 1.

A New Hotel Could lead to Trouble for MacDill Air Force Base
With the approval by the Florida Cabinet last week, land near the base could be used to build a hotel which may not sit well with the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Have Uber and the PTC come to an agreement?
On Thursday, PTC Chairman,
Victor Crist announced that he and Uber had come to an agreement that will allow the ridesharing company to operate legally in Hillsborough County. The full PTC will have to vote on the agreement and rules at the October 13 meeting.

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