Category Transport Issues

Florida Commercial Aviation in 2023 – What changes might come?

In 2022, Florida experienced a correction in air service, as most of the nation opened back up, and much of the excess capacity airlines poured into Florida in 2021 was pulled down. Florida’s five busiest airports (Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Fort Myers) became overly-congested and delay-prone. Additionally Hurricane Ian has led to further, […]

Rethinking the Turnpike: Rebooting printed Turnpike system maps

Between 1957 and about 2010, Turnpike system maps were an essential part of the Turnpike experience. Having a fold out map of the system with critical information should be part of the turnpike experience. Here are some images from one from 2009 or 2010, the last one printed. In the past as we have posted […]

The Turnpike’s yesteryear – some images

Below are images from two state-printed classic maps of The Florida Turnpike and Sunshine State Parkway.

Rethinking the Turnpike introduction

The Florida Turnpike should be more than a highway – it should be a cultural marker for Florida, a way to build a collective state identity as well as promote the state’s greatest features to tourists. The Turnpike should be Florida’s biggest and best billboard for visitors once they visit, and easier to navigate than […]

Rethinking the Turnpike – series debuts December 12

This series on TFS will debut Monday, December 12.

Breeze adding Vero Beach and other recent Florida airline news

Breeze Airways will launch service to Vero Beach in February with daily nonstops to Hartford/Springfield and twice-weekly flights to White Plains. This is a huge get for Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast in general. The airline which had previously focused on Tampa as its focal point in Florida, will also add Orlando to Akron-Canton/Fayetville-Bentonville/Hunstville/Tulsa […]

Avelo postponing Fort Myers base launch in wake of Ian

Unfortunately, this was always in the cards after Ian – Avelo Airlines an exciting Ultra-low cost carrier we’ve previously featured at TFS is postponing their launch of a base in Fort Myers indefensibly. Speculation is that the resources will be reallocated to Orlando, where Avelo operates a base already, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Sarasota. Flights […]

Who owns which toll roads?

My post yesterday on Governor DeSantis and his toll rebate program has caused more confusion than intended. Here’s a quick look at who owns which toll roads in the State of Florida Florida Turnpike Enterprise (covered by DeSantis program) Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) Polk Parkway (SR 570) Suncoast Parkway & Veterans Expressway (SR […]

DeSantis and toll roads – the end of the romance shows, performance art > governing for him

The most blatant pandering possible was undertaken by Governor Ron DeSantis this week as he announced in Orlando. DeSantis claims the six-month program, essentially a toll rebate for frequent Sun Pass users, will save commuters an estimated $38 million. Ironically, despite being announced in Orlando, most toll roads in Orange County are NOT covered by […]

JetBlue takes a scalp to Ft Lauderdale flying, plus other changes

Two weeks after touting the probable size of its Fort Lauderdale base after its proposed merger with Spirit is completed, JetBlue is cutting TEN nonstop routes permanently from Fort Lauderdale. Several however, are currently flown by Spirit. The ten cities are: Aruba, Cartagena, Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Cayman, Phoenix, Providenciales, Portland (OR), Saint Maarteen and Seattle. […]