Category Transport Issues

Flying to Europe to/from Florida may get more expensive soon

Norwegian Air Shuttle who have revolutionized air travel between Europe and North America applying a low cost carrier model is slashing several routes to the state. While that’s good news for legacy full service airlines, it’s bad news for cost conscious travelers who don’t fly premium services across the Atlantic and could hurt Florida’s tourism […]

Long overdue US 301 bypass roads nearing completion

Several years ago FDOT finally decided to go forward with two projects that have made sense for at least thirty years. Truck bypasses of US 301 around both Starke and Baldwin which are on the busy route between Ocala and the Georgia border. In particular, Starke has long needed a bypass. Anybody who has shot […]

I-75 congestion makes Suncoast Parkway and Turnpike extensions logical – but Heartland Parkway remains unnecessary

Note: This is a follow up to our general piece on expressways in Florida as Senate President Galvano makes the biggest highway building spree in this state since the 1960’s, his priority. It can be strongly argued the most congested and dangerous stretch of interstate highway in Florida is I-75 between Lake City and Wildwood. […]

Florida’s Expressways: What should be the future of it and mass transit?

This legislative session has seen more discussion of toll roads and expressway authorities than any in recent memory. The battle between Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and local legislators about the future of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) has been front-and-center throughout much of the media in southeast Florida the last several weeks. Toll rates, future […]

Can the Brightline be used as a commuter train?

Like most curious south Floridians the Brightline higher-speed intra-city train that runs from downtown Miami to West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort Lauderdale has been on my mind. Like many, I have previously used the service on the weekends or holidays, when time isn’t really that critical. I own a Honda Accord Hybrid […]

Norwegian to begin Miami-London service

Effective March 31, Norwegian Air Shuttle will shift its existing 10 times a week Fort Lauderdale-London (Gatwick) service to Miami International Airport in a bid to attract more premium traffic.  The airline will not abandon Fort Lauderdale completely as it will increase service to Paris (Charles DeGaulle) and resume suspended service to Barcelona on the […]

Is the “Brightline effect” poised to change the way we casually travel?

Unveiled to much hullabaloo in southeastern Florida, Brightline has become a sensation. The rail service has wowed customers with higher-speed travel and scintillating service. Now Brightline is looking to change train travel across the nation. Call it the “Brightline effect” Brightline isn’t really for commuters (especially one like me who has a Hybrid and can […]

Porter Airlines expanding service from Canada to Melbourne

Porter Airlines will be adding service from Ottawa and Windsor to Melbourne this winter. The flights mark Porter’s first services from outside Toronto to the US and also state the intent of the airline which largely caters to business travelers in and out Toronto to continue to building its portfolio for leisure fliers.  These flights […]

Have Hermine and Irma demonstrated the need for new evacuation routes? Heartland Parkway and other roads worth reconsidering?

The idea of expressway and parkway building in far flung locations has become passe in Florida. Much like the revolts against urban expressways in the 1970’s, recent moves to build what appeared to be roads to nowhere have met stern opposition including on the pages of this website. But is it time for a rethink? […]

Azul adds more Florida-Brazil service: New flights from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale

Azul, an award-winning Brazilian airline, announced on Friday an expansion to the United States with new flights from Belo Horizonte to Orlando, and from Belem to Fort Lauderdale. The new flights will begin in December 2017. “I am very pleased to announce new international service from Brazil to the US,” said the airline’s Chairman, David […]