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Florida brings dynamically priced express lanes to an already tolled road

By Rayla Bellis The Veterans Expressway in Tampa (State Route 589) will soon be the latest highway in the country to get a dynamically priced express lane in each direction. However, unlike most other managed lanes around the nation, which are typically implemented on an untolled roadway, the

Florida’s pedestrian record could have been much worse

By Robbie Webber Until recently, Florida had the dubious distinction of being rated the most dangerous state for pedestrians, but it now has competition from Arizona. However, a new study shows that things could have been even worse in Florida. Researchers writing in the American Journal of

Study of bicycling and driving behavior reveals areas for improvement

By Robbie Webber A new report based on research by the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research and sponsored by Florida DOT details new methods for studying bicycling safety by mounting cameras and sensors on bikes ridden in naturalistic settings. The research gives us insight into the

FL city tickets black population, misses on pedestrian safety

By Robbie Webber Jacksonville, Florida, has consistently been named among the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians, ranking fourth in the 2016 Dangerous By Design report by Smart Growth America. A new report by ProPublica and the Florida Times-Union details how efforts to ostensibly

FDOT to deploy innovative transportation technologies for increased safety

By Logan Dredske The Orlando area has received a grant of close to $12 million to utilize innovative transportation system technologies to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists and to ease congestion. The grant was awarded by the Federal Highway Administration’s “Advanced

Florida DOT hits milestone in context-based street design

By Chris McCahill and Rayla Bellis As part of its Complete Streets Implementation, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently adopted eight context classifications to guide road design decisions. Under this new system, planners and engineers will consider existing and future

Florida is leading the nation in lowering speeds to reduce crashes; will other states follow?

By Rayla Bellis Note: This post has been changed to correct erroneous information from another source. The original post stated that speed limits would be changed. FDOT plans to change the design of some roads to encourage slower driving, but not the speed limit on existing roads. The Florida

FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

Can Florida design its way to safety? SSTI meeting highlight

By Chris McCahill Early this month, SSTI kicked off its Community of Practice meeting in Detroit with a discussion about road safety issues following this year’s surprising spike in traffic deaths. The discussion ranged from issues of alcohol- and cell phone-related crashes to the Tennessee

The winding road to self-driving cars

By Bill Holloway This spring, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a policy statement on automated vehicles, which offers guidance for states that are considering authorizing tests of driverless vehicles. It outlines NHTSA’s research program and provides an overview of