Contractor fined $4.6 million over SunPass problems
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Transportation officials say they've fined a contractor $4.6 million for problems with the state's toll road system last year.
Florida has its first LGBTQ consumer advocate
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried has appointed the state's first LGBTQ consumer advocate.
Pedestrian struck, killed by commuter train near Orlando
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say a commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking along the tracks.
The Florida Department of Transportation says the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near Kissimmee.
Officials said the 28 passengers and crew on the SunRail train were not injured.
Federal judge blocks documents in Florida bridge collapse
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the release of public records that might shed light on a bridge collapse in Miami that killed six motorists.
Judge: Florida bridge collapse documents are public record
MIAMI (AP) — A judge has ruled that the Florida Department of Transportation must release public records that might shed light on a bridge collapse in Miami that killed six motorists.
Man killed by commuter train
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed by a commuter train in Florida.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the SunRail train hit the man Wednesday afternoon.
Florida Department of Transportation officials say traffic in the area was delayed for hours, and 110 passengers on the train were moved by bus.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are taking bids for a privately funded high-speed rail connection from Orlando to Tampa.
Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the Florida Department of Transportation has begun the process to allow for private investment, emphasizing that any project selected would have zero financial risk to Florida taxpayers.
Florida ride sharing website targets homebound seniors
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is teaming up with state transportation officials to help find rides for homebound seniors.
MIAMI (AP) — Construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget, in part because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers.
State: Voicemail about cracks 2 days before bridge fell
MIAMI (AP) — An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
The voicemail left on a landline wasn't heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the employee was out of the office on an assignment, the agency said in an email.
Large construction beam falls onto Florida interstate
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a large beam fell onto Interstate 4 in Florida as crews were removing it, shutting down traffic in both directions.
The Florida Department of Transportation tells local news outlets that the metal structure once used to hang large traffic signs didn't free as easily as expected Tuesday morning. It twisted and fell from the crane that was moving it.
Officials say both lanes of I-4 in Orlando reopened by 6:30 a.m.
Tolls to be reinstated on Florida roads starting Thursday
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Transportation says it will start collecting tolls on state roadways and bridges again after more than a two-week suspension because of Hurricane Irma.
Tolls were suspended across Florida on Sept. 5 to help with Irma evacuation and relief efforts.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Amie Stephenson stayed home that day with her 2-year-old daughter. She was eight months pregnant. Across town from her Avondale home, something spewed smoke into the air. Her phone rang later that evening.
It was a friend checking on her husband, Christian, because there had been a horrible wreck. She set the phone down, figuring her husband would call. She realized he wouldn't when two Jacksonville police officers and a chaplain showed up at her door.
New web address coming for Florida Department of Transportation
Sinkholes on Florida Turnpike fixed
MIAMI (AP) — Two sinkholes and a water pipe break that brought traffic to a standstill on the Turnpike in Miami-Dade County have been repaired and all southbound lanes are open, according to a report.