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Governor Rick Scott wants to find better ways for the public to evacuate, in case of an emergency. He’s ordering an evaluation of the state’s roadways.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is tapping a former aide and water management district chief to head up the state’s environmental agency.

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With the new year comes a new increase to Florida’s gas tax. But it’s unlikely consumers will even notice the rate hike: it amounts to one tenth of one cent. 

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A statewide initiative launched in select Florida counties is now underway in Leon County. The Alert Tonight Florida campaign focuses on improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold is admiring the audacity of some Tallahassee residents who were forced to get creative last month when Hurricane Hermine knocked out power.

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Locals living in Wakulla, Jefferson, Gadsden and Leon Counties have a chance to tell state officials this week what transportation projects are most important.

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is shining a light on the country’s highway system, which connected post-war America, while cutting through the heart of many inner cities. Here's a look at the legacy of the interstate system.

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A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Florida ranks as number one in the nation for vehicle-related drownings. And, that’s why one Florida lawmaker says he’s happy the Governor signed “Chloe’s Law.”

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A bill aimed at cutting down the number of drowning deaths associated with car accidents in Florida has passed its first House committee. “Chloe’s law” stems from the death of a University of Central Florida student last year.

Dianne Gutierrez-Saccetti speaking before the Senate Transportation Committee.
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Florida transportation officials presented lawmakers with a new plan Thursday for handling unpaid tolls.  The department’s goal is to handle violations in-house rather than sending it to the courts.

Up until last February, the Department of Transportation dealt with delinquent toll violations by issuing what’s known as a uniform traffic citation that sent the case to court.  But Department official Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti says her agency is better equipped to handle the problem. 

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A day after the applicant process was narrowed down, Governor Rick Scott has now chosen a new person to lead the Florida Department of Transportation.

Earlier this month, Ananth Prasad said he’d be leaving the job of FDOT Secretary. Ronald Howse, who leads the nine-member panel tasked with suggesting a successor to the Governor, says Prasad leaves big shoes to fill.

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With Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad’s departure weeks away, Governor Rick Scott is now a step closer to naming the Secretary’s replacement. A nine-member panel tasked with narrowing down the list of candidates for the job recommended three to the Governor Thursday.

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Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of more agency heads Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott spoke to reporters about the appointments—most of them returning from around the time Scott first took office.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is the latest state agency to lose its leader, after Governor Rick Scott secured his re-election.

Ananth Prasad has overseen one of Florida’s largest agencies, the Department of Transportation. He’s served as that agency's secretary since Scott was first elected in 2011 and becomes the fourth agency chief to step down since Scott was re-elected. His departure follows turnover at the Florida Department of Children and Families, Corrections, and Environmental Protection.

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All Aboard Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation is denying claims that public funds are being used to support a private commuter rail development business. 

In a letter to All Aboard Florida, state Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad says the railway will not receive any state funding.  All Aboard Florida is a privately-funded, high-speed railway projected to stretch from Orlando to Miami.

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A record budget of $77 billion as well as several other bills were recently delivered to the Governor’s desk. And, as Governor Rick Scott looks to veto multiple budget turkeys from the state budget, there’s also one measure Scott has definitely promised to veto: a bill that could allow for the raising of speed limits on certain Florida highways.

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In a move the Florida Department of Transportation calls a win for drivers, it announced today it’s partnering with a Google-owned company to give motorists more up-to-date road condition alerts. The state is now exchanging information with a traffic alert app called Waze. 

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A measure that could have allowed for speed limits to be raised as high as 75 miles per hour on certain Florida highways is no longer in play.

While he admits there are times he’d like to go faster, Governor Rick Scott says he decided to listen to the advice of opponents to the measure and veto the bill.

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The Orlando-area SunRail commuter train has gotten more than twice the anticipated number of daily riders since it opened on Thursday. Transportation officials say the demand is expected to slacken once they start charging for rides later this month.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson says SunRail started with a bang.

“This is history that occurred here in Central Florida," he says. 

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A bill that could raise the speed limits on certain Florida highways is now on its way to Governor Rick Scott, after it passed the House in a very close vote.

Rep. Matt Caldwell’s (R-Lehigh Acres) bill is not a partisan issue. In fact, whenever the bipartisan bill gets taken up by either chamber, Republicans and Democrats vote in favor and against the bill. And, Wednesday’s 58-56 vote in the House was no different, as members debated passionately on the issue.

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About two months ago, I bought a bike. About a month ago, I had my first crash. A truck turned in front of me and into a parking lot. Friday morning was the first time since the crash I’d gotten back on the bike.

Fortunately, the commute from home was uneventful. To help quell the remaining demons, I slapped a press sign on my helmet – in 175-point font so it was extra visible – and set off for a ride specifically designed for safety.

I'm headed for a ride assembled by the Florida Department of Transportation to help hip riders to proper bike safety.

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Commuters traveling along certain stretches of Northwest Florida’s highways may be in for a surprise this year. Florida Department of Transportation officials are adjusting some speed limits in Wakulla and Leon County.

Governor Rick Scott says the state is asking an appeals court to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that blocks a law that stops state and county governments from doing business with companies that also do business with Cuba and Syria.