District 7, with a land area of nearly 3,332 square miles, represents five counties with 2,884,600 residents in the Tampa Bay area. Drivers in the district travel more than 33.6 million miles daily.
FDOT provides capital and operating assistance to three major transit authorities in the district, seventy airports, three deep-water ports and one major rail line also operate in the Bay area.
Tampa Bay Express is a system of express toll lanes that will be built as an addition to existing interstate routes. These new lanes give drivers a choice of paying a toll in order to enjoy a better commute. Express toll lanes are currently used in other cities across the U.S., where they are reducing commute times and relieving overall traffic congestion.
Express lanes are new lanes added to existing interstate routes. Simply, these new lanes work as toll roads in the middle of interstates. They are separate, and only these new ones are tolled. The amount you pay goes up and down in real time depending on traffic conditions. This allows the express lanes to operate without congestion and reasonably anticipate a travel speed of 45 miles per hour or higher. You only use them when you want to and don’t have to use them at all, but when you need to get somewhere on time – like to make your flight at the airport or pick up a child at day care – you can pay for the commute and expect an on-time arrival.
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