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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:https://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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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:https://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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The dilemma of missing traffic signs

Gainesville has a traffic sign problem. It’s not that citizens are all disobeying the signs, it’s that people are stealing them. According to Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Tscharna Senn, more than four dozen traffic signs have been taken this past year… some more than once in the same location. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Kareem Sandy reports.

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New bus service for rural areas

A new bus service will offer transportation to Gainesville for only a dollar. The route will run through Alachua County areas of High Springs, Newberry and Archer. The route will connect residents in rural areas to the city and Assistant Manager at MV Transportation Kenny Gonzalaz says the route is …

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Traffic cameras installed in Ocala

The city of Ocala is now under surveillance. The Florida Department of Transportation is installing 17 new cameras on intersections, and along Interstate 75 to monitor traffic. The cameras will also come with message boards, which will direct cars in case of a traffic jam. Florida Department of Transportation public …

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Safe driving this holiday weekend

High temperatures could cause problems for your drive this Memorial Day weekend. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Pat Riordan says drivers need to be careful on these crowded holiday roads. “With these high temperatures what we find is that we have a lot of vehicles that overheat, we have a lot …

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County board pushes for bike lanes

In an effort to make Alachua County more bike friendly, suggestions were tossed around tonight at the county’s monthly Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board meeting. The county is looking to add bike lanes to major roads in the area while keeping safety a top priority. Advisory Board member William Baruch says an …

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Main Street work continues in Gainesville

The Florida Department of Transportation will continue its move down mainstreet today. Main Street from south of University Avenue to south of South First Avenue is now closed for the project expected to last approximately six weeks. FDOT will be taking out the old asphalt and bricks so underground utility …

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