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Senate President Bill Galvano’s transportation bill passed its first committee today but not without debate from those who are opposed to the proposal. And they’re not the only ones who don’t see eye to eye with Galvano, Governor Ron DeSantis is also opposed to a plan that would more toll roads to be built in Florida.

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Final invoices are going out this week to SunPass customers who got caught in a billing backlog.

The problem began with a trouble-plagued update to the state’s toll road system, and issues that have bedeviled a SunPass contractor since last June still haven’t been completely worked out.

As the last invoices were being readied, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee got an update on the Sunpass debacle.

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A new Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation was selected today. A week after being recommended to Governor Ron DeSantis, Kevin Thibault has been chosen to lead the Florida Department of Transportation. The Governor made the decision today in a press release calling Thibault, "a proven leader in state government and the private sector.”

Thibault has extensive experience in both sectors, and worked for FDOT more than 16 years and has held senior leadership positions. He most recently served as Southeast Regional Senior Vice President of TranSystems Corporation.

Members of the LCSO Traffic Unit accepted a Traffic Safety Program Award on July 13th.
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Leon County Sheriff’s Office has won a statewide award for having one of the best traffic safety programs in Florida.

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began upgrading its Sunpass toll system on June 1st. Since then, Sunpass users have been racking up charges but not getting the bill.

The Maryland-based company Conduent State & Local Solutions was scheduled to finish work on the system by June 11th. Yet more than a month later, it still isn’t fully operational.

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The City of Tallahassee is encouraging residents to ditch their cars and take public transportation for a spin as part of Florida’s Active Transportation Week.

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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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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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