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New airline joins Gainesville Regional Airport

A new airline has announced its plans to open a maintenance facility for its fleet, and eventually it could start offering flights from Gainesville. Silver Airways Chief executive officer David Querio said the company needed a new facility. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/qUERIo1.mp3]

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Gainesville #1 in commute time in the state

Gainesville ranks number 1 in the best commute times in Florida. More than 86% of commuters in Gainesville spend less than 30 minutes in traffic daily. A report by the U.S. Census Bureau says nationally Gainesville ranks 19 out over 250 major cities in shortest traffic time. City officials say the new 18 million …

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Renewing a push for careful driving this holiday season

To mark the 5th anniversary of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Campaign to “Eliminate Drunk Driving”, the organization is reminding everyone to be vigilant while on the roads. Northeast Florida Prevention Program Specialist Will Hobson says the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be especially deadly on the road. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/HOBSON7.mp3] …

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Resurfacing project in Alachua begins

The Florida Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing the Interstate 75 frontage road in Alachua, locally known as April Boulevard.  The road runs adjacent to the northbound lanes of I-75 just north of US 441.  The resurfacing project will cost $1.2 million and is expected to last about 3 months.  …

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Staying safe on the road this weekend

Alachua County drivers nervous about traveling during the holiday weekend may not have a lot to worry about. WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says with an increase in traffic comes an increase in traffic patrols. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/THANKSGIVINGTRAFFIC.mp3]

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Custom comfort on the road

Elderly drivers looking to update their cars had an opportunity to get tailor-made service today.  WUFT-FM’s Carolyn Brewster says University of Florida students are aiming to make the road more comfortable and safe. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/CAROLYNVOICER.mp3]

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RTS announces multi-million dollar grant

Gainesville Regional Transit System has received a $9 million grant to improve maintenance facilities.  Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and US Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined together this morning to announce the funding.  WUFT-FM’s Samantha Kerrigan says officials at all levels of government are excited for the opportunities …

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Smart traffic navigating busy streets on holiday weekend

With a stadium full of Gator fans and a downtown crowded with tailgator’s and other visitors, traffic in Gainesville will be crazier than usual. WUFT-FM’s Veronica Vilar spoke to Gainesville Traffic Operations Manager, Phillip Mann, about a multi-million dollar computerized traffic management system that helps orchestrate traffic challenges. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SMARTTRAFFICQA.mp3]

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Travel industry optimistic about the future

The struggling economy and consumer confidence is affecting the travel industry nationwide. A number of Floridians are changnig the way they vacation in an effort to spend less, while still taking advantage of the summer season. Steven Gallo spoke with Triple-A spokeswoman Jessica Brady about how people across the state are traveling on …

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