Thursday, December 12, 2019
According to AAA, 6.1 million residents of the Sunshine State, 300,000 more than last year, will travel for the holidays, again a record high.
Gas prices in Florida rose, on average, 11 cents a gallon on Wednesday but they are starting to drop again according to a new report from AAA.
Thibault said the directive was driven by recent train accidents across the state including a woman killed by a Brightline train and a grandmother and two children killed in an accident with an Amtrak train last month.  
State Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, and state Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Miami Springs, have introduced a proposal to end express lanes and make sure there are no tolls on the Palmetto Expressway. If the bill passes, it will take effect on July 1, 2020. 
AAA released a study on Monday showing the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.43 on Sunday, up seven cents from the start of last week. The national average stood at $2.59 a gallon on Sunday.
While there will be a slight rise in gas prices in Florida over the next week, AAA doesn’t expect it to impact Thanksgiving travel plans.
“From November 25 to 29 all available FHP troopers, along with FHP reserve and auxiliary members, will be patrolling the roads to help ensure safe travel,” the FHP noted. 
This week, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is sending more than $4 million to Tampa Bay to help boost public transportation.
Murphy announced this week that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is sending $10.2 million to the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to renovate more than 12,000 feet of runways.
This marks the second major grant that DOT has sent to Lakeland Linder in recent months. Back in September, Spano, who sits on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee, announced DOT was sending $10.15 million to Lakeland Linder to improve its main runway and to reconstruct runway lighting.