Friday, June 5, 2020
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who leads Republicans on the U.S. House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the funds on Friday. The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will send the money through its Capital Investment Grant program.
AAA released a look at gas prices in Florida on Monday and found the coronavirus continues to impact prices at the pump even as last week also began with an average of $1.89 per gallon across the state.
On Friday, Crist announced the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will get $21.8 million “for construction of the Tampa Bay region’s first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line which would run from downtown St. Petersburg to the beach.”
Still, after increasing 11 cents a gallon in the past week, AAA warned that gas prices should increase across Florida in the days to come. At $1.88 a gallon, Florida is still seeing lower prices than the national average which stood at $1.96 at the start of the week.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, introduced the “Airport Infrastructure Resources (AIR) Security Act," a bill which “prohibits federal airport improvement funds from being used to purchase passenger boarding bridges from companies that have violated the IP rights and threaten the national security of the United States.” The three Florida Republicans and Texas Republican U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey and Lance Gooden are cosponsoring the bill.
“The trucking industry is victim to bureaucratic rules that delay deliveries and hinder safety procedures,” Steube said on Tuesday.
“I’m pleased to announce the opening of the I-4 corridor three months earlier than planned after we took advantage of the lower traffic volume by accelerating work on some of these busy roads,” said DeSantis.
The program will be overseen by the Foundation who has partnered with the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) which includes all VA facilities around the state of Florida.
According to a new study from AAA, for the first time in 10 weeks, gas prices in Florida went up over the past week. On Sunday, the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $1.77, up a penny from the week before. That’s below the national average of $1.87 a gallon, up from $1.84 at the start of last week.
Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered the unofficial start of the summer travel season.