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Pedestrian crossing signal could save lives on deadly Florida roads listen

06/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: pedestrian, walking, Cycling, traffic, Transportation, Florida Tax Watch

A new Florida Department of Transportation crosswalk signal is saving lives and taxpayer dollars. During a celebration in Tampa Friday Florida Tax Watch awarded the team that made it.

The Tampa Bay region ranks the second most fatal area in the country for pedestrians.

“We’re one of the leading states. It’s a number one that we don’t want. It averages about 500 pedestrian deaths a year.”

That’s Mark Wilson, traffic operations engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. Ma...

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Tampa City Council wants more solutions for pedestrian safety listen

02/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa is consistently ranked in the top five most dangerous metropolitan areas for bicycle and pedestrian deaths.

A recent accident where a child was killed crossing a section of Busch Boulevard that lacks crosswalks prompted a discussion on safety at Tampa City Council Thursday morning.

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern questioned Debbie Hunt from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Proposed Sarasota bicycle and pedestrian plan listen

02/25/13 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month Sarasota County is holding several meetings to present a draft plan for bicycle and pedestrian routes. People who attend can comment on the new draft plan.

It’s part of an initiative for Sarasota to have a safer, more effective transportation system. Beth Rozansky, Sarasota County transportation planner says community safety is the number one topic on everyone's mind.

“Similar to what a lot of other communities identified when they went out for outreach on plans, the nu...

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New type of traffic signal in Hillsborough County: the flashing yellow arrow listen

03/02/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County has a new type of traffic signal: a flashing yellow arrow. Drivers traveling on Fowler Avenue near Thonotosassa may encounter the new type of light at the Jefferson Road intersection.

The flashing yellow arrow directs motorists in the left turn lane to turn with caution after first yielding to oncoming traffic. Kris Carson, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson says a national study shows the benefits of the new signal.

“The flashing yellow arrow is s...

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TBARTA says their school carpool program saves parents commuting time and money listen

02/07/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is looking to expand their school car-pooling program to more schools in other counties. TBARTA’s program currently has 1,200 parents registered.

The School Pool program allows parents to form carpools so commuters share the responsibility of driving students to school. Amy Ellis, Director of Communications for TBARTA says the program matches parents and their kids with other families for carpooling by using their computerized ridesharing...

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Lowes receives change for Tarpon Springs store listen

04/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners today disregarded the recommendations of their staff and the staff of the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) by unanimously approving a change in the county’s land use plan.

The amendment will allow construction of a Lowe’s big box hardware store on property previously zoned for industry on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Lowe’s will be required to spend about $4-million on traffic changes on the site.

David Healy, executive director of the PPC, told Commissi...

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Sheriff gets support for Ybor barrier

02/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Ever since Sept., 11, 2001, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City has erected barricades between Palm and 8th Avenue along 20th Street.

In addition to interruption the flow of traffic over the past six years, the Barrio Latino Commission is objecting to the Sheriff's Office now wanting to building a wall along 20th Street.

Col. Carl Hawkins from the Sheriff’s Office came before the Hillsborough County Commission today to lobby for support as the request moves to the ...

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