The Citrus Connection is dropping its rule requiring passengers to wear masks while on its buses and other vehicles. It is also preparing to introduce a downtown Lakeland circulator bus route.
Lakeland Airport in Talks With an Unnamed Passenger Airline
The Lakeland City Commission Monday unanimously agreed to renew its contract with a company that specializes in bringing air passenger service to mid-sized airports despite failing to do so since it was hired by the city in 2018. But things are looking up — literally — for Lakeland’s decade-long quest to restore passenger airline service […]
Lakeland-Developed Smart Traffic Signal Program Expanding
The city of Lakeland has designed its own program that uses advances in artificial intelligence to make traffic signals smarter by reacting to dumb decisions made by drivers who rocket into intersections trying to beat red lights. And now that program is about to expand from four intersections to 25.
Aviation Business Incubator Will Launch at Sun ‘n Fun Campus
As it prepares for next week’s Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, the Aerospace Center for Excellence announces it is launching ELEVATE, a business incubator on its Lakeland Linder Airport campus aimed at jump-starting aerospace and logistics enterprises.
Multiple CSX Railroad Crossing Closures to Slow Lakeland Traffic￼
A new round of progressive railroad crossing repairs scheduled by CSX Transportation will slow traffic in Lakeland starting Wednesday morning, March 30 with the closing of West 10th Street just east of Brunnell Parkway. Track repairs will continue northerly, closing crossings at Knights Station Road west of the intersection at Kathleen Road, and Sleepy Hill […]
Lakeland at Crossroads on Road Funding as Traffic Angst Grows
Millage rate increase? A sales-tax hike that must be approved in a referendum? Increasing impact fees, or changing how they are used? A bond? Better coordination with regional organizations to get more bang for leveraged dollars? All are on tap as the city of Lakeland ponders a congested traffic grid addled by at least $200 […]
Decade-Old State Law Curtails City’s Capacity to Say ‘No’ to Some Developments
Lakeland city commissioners are under fire from constituents for approving new development in areas where roads are already congested, allowing new people and businesses to crowd into the city before supporting infrastructure is built or even planned.
Downtown Golf Cart Shuttles Now Run Only on Weekends
The golf carts that transport people around downtown Lakeland have proved more popular on weekend evenings than during weekday lunch hours, so the service now runs only on weekends, 10 Tampa Bay reports. The two-month-old service, called The Squeeze, is a pilot project from the Citrus Connection and the Downtown Lakeland Development Authority. The eight-seat […]
17-Month Detour Has Started on Part of West Pipkin Road
The project to widen 3.8 miles of West Pipkin Road, which got under way this week, will close the portion between Harden Boulevard and South Florida Avenue to eastbound traffic for an estimated 17 months.
Mutz Insists on Boardwalks for the Planned West Lake Hunter Trail
A proposed recreational trail along the west side of Lake Hunter should use boardwalks to take walkers, joggers and bicyclists over the water instead of hugging the shoreline next to a busy roadway, even if it means the city of Lakeland supplements the project’s state funding, Mayor Bill Mutz said Friday.