THEA Tip – Teaching Teens to be Courteous Drivers

Teaching Teens to be Courteous Drivers When we are teaching teens to drive, we first focus on the basics of driving this major piece of machinery we call a car. It is not easy! There are the rules of the roads, the keen skill of focus, attentiveness, hand-eye coordination and the ability to react and […]

Dear Selmon Expressway Drivers, Just like you, I drive on the Tampa Bay roads every day.  Even when driving for business, I hope that my time behind the wheel is enjoyable, efficient, and safe.  As Executive Director and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), I do my best to collaborate with members of […]

Many of us drive in our cars back and forth to work. For some people, this is considered one of the worst points of their day. They may feel aggravated or angry at the hold-up in traffic or as a reaction to other drivers sharing the road with them. This elevated stress during your daily […]

Did you know America’s drivers wasted 6.9 billion hours stuck in traffic in 2014, according to a study released today by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute(TTI) and INRIX. That’s 42 hours a year per rush-hour commuter on average. That means America blew through $160 billion in wasted time and fuel last year – an average […]

Understand How Toll-By-Plate Works In 2010, the Selmon Expressway converted to All-Electronic Toll (AET). What that means is that there are no toll booths. Toll equipment is housed in “gantries” that stretch across the roadway (think of a sign structure). There are signs at each entry to the Expressway – to let you know that […]

Looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with your family this summer? There are so many places to explore that are an easy drive from Tampa, St. Pete or Brandon. The Gulf Coast of Florida region has some amazing wildlife along with some spectacular water vistas, so this summer plan a one-day road trip […]

Joe Waggoner leads by example. His finance background and fiscally sound management style played a huge role in Moody upgrading THEA’s Bond rating late in 2015. THEA is committed to helping solve transportation issues and connecting the region.

Many different governmental agencies, companies, organizations, and elected officials are involved in the planning, construction and maintenance of toll roads. It can be confusing to understand which organizations own and operate which toll roads in our community. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is the owner and operator of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The […]

SunPass Mini: What Is It And How Can It Help Me? SunPass customers save 25 cents at each toll location on the Selmon Expressway, paying less than Toll-by-Plate customers. Toll-by-Plate customers also pay a $2.50 administration fee on each invoice.  Depending on how often you use a toll road, the savings can be significant by [...]

Joe Waggoner is one of Tampa’s most well-respected transportation experts. Before he became the CEO of THEA 9 years ago, he served as Assistant Director for the state of Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of Planning and Capital Programming, where he was responsible for the development of the Department’s capital programs, including highways, transit, rail, […]