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Compressed Natural Gas is making an impact on Leon County Schools, fueling district buses with compressed natural gas from Nopetro stations.  

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is expanding access to its new Florida driver license and ID Cards. The new ID is more secure and includes anti-fraud protection. 200 more service centers will soon begin offering new IDs.

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A new legislative proposal could let drivers back in park in parking garages. 

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Florida leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities. And some think infrastructure is to blame. Now the state Department of Transportation is transforming the way it designs streets. Tallahassee’s South Monroe Street could be one of the first to incorporate the new changes.

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Hopes of restarting passenger rail service in North Florida could be doomed under the Trump Administration’s proposed budget. The plan would eliminate federal funding for Amtrak in the state. That’s a blow to local officials wanting to bring the service back to the Panhandle.

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Regional Leaders signed off on a list of transportation priorities Tuesday.

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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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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to re-establish passenger rail service from New Orleans to Jacksonville. The Democrat met with local officials in Marianna Tuesday to build public support.

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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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A new report card released by Florida's civil engineers shows the state's infrastructure is mediocre, but making some gains.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, is hitting the road to rally support for one of President Barack Obama’s major budget initiatives.  The so-called Grow America Act puts nearly half a trillion dollars into infrastructure projects over the next six years.

Foxx began a four-day, five-state bus tour Tuesday at the Tallahassee regional Airport.  He’s working to highlight infrastructure projects that would benefit from Obama’s transportation budget proposal.  In Tallahassee, he pointed to a project to expand Capital Circle Southwest from two lanes to six. 

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On Thursday, Tallahassee’s StarMetro transit service is offering free bus rides as part of the national annual Dump the Pump day. The city is also taking the day as an opportunity to gather input on new proposed transportation routes.

As Tallahassee development grows denser, city planners are looking to streamline transit routes.

Car Service Uber Eying Tallahassee As Potential Market

Jun 4, 2014
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Rideshare app service Uber could come to Tallahassee if the company sees enough interest in the area.  Uber is advertising in search of drivers in Florida’s capital city.

Earlier this year, people using the words "Uber" and "Tallahassee" in the same sentence were likely talking about controversial state legislation the company was pushing to override local car service restrictions.

That bill failed, but the company that connects smartphone-savvy riders with hourly-paid drivers is now testing whether there’s a demand for its service in town.

Tallahassee To Provide Cyclists More Parking Spots

Mar 27, 2014
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Motorists often find it hard to find a parking spot in downtown Tallahassee-- and cyclists can find it next to impossible. But that situation may soon change.

Tallahassee city commissioners have approved a plan to bring 100 bike racks and six bike corrals to downtown and nearby university areas.

Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department Transportation Planner Meaghan Doherty says the bike racks are badly needed.

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Discussion of a Senate bill aiming to abolish all red light cameras in Florida was postponed Wednesday after several amendments  failed to pass the Transportation Committee.

The bill is similar to Rep. Frank Artiles’ (Rep-Miami) House bill, which has been the subject of controversy since its filing in early January. After failing to abolish red light cameras in a bill in last year’s session, Artiles added amendments to cut fines for red light runners caught on camera and establish alternate methods of preventing red light running.

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Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law a large package of reforms aimed at streamlining road-building projects. One of the bill’s architects was Republican Congressman Steve Southerland, who represents the district that includes Tallahassee and Panama City. Southerland told business leaders in Tallahassee on Wednesday he expects the changes to help the state economy.