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June 2020
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Begins New Phase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POC:    Sue Chrzan
[email protected]
813.272.6740 ext. 130

 

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Begins New Phase

Tampa, Fla., June 10, 2020 - As the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) continues collaborating with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Connected Vehicle Pilot site, the next step to creating a connected transportation system is working with the auto industry. THEA is proud to announce that we have partnered with Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), to use Connected Vehicle (CV)-ready Hyundai vehicles and hardware in the CV Pilot deployment to provide the next evolution of a commitment to delivering safe transportation.

This is an important step in continuing the testing of transportation safety applications to provide drivers with the best information possible. THEA's CV Pilot applications have proven that information from connected infrastructure can benefit drivers, automakers, and road operators as a means to transmit crucial safety information. In the past 18 months, the THEA CV Pilot has warned 14 wrong-way drivers on interchange ramps, nine potential trolley crashes, and has given over 1,500-speed warnings a month on freeway exit ramps, to state a few examples.

This partnership with Hyundai is the next step in making connected roadways a reality in Tampa Bay. "Hyundai has steadily invested in research and development, furthering our commitment towards future innovations such as connected vehicle technology," said John Robb, Director, Electronic Systems Development, HATCI. "Working together with government organizations, such as THEA and other industry partners, allows us to better understand the benefits of these advanced features, which may ultimately create a safer and more efficient driving environment."

In September 2020, phase 3 of the THEA CV Pilot will be complete. At that time, Hyundai and THEA will hold a demonstration to showcase how OEM vehicles equipped with prototype CV technologies can interact with the CV Pilot vehicles and roadside units. "The next step is integrating auto manufacturer onboard technology. I believe this will be a dramatic improvement in how we are able to communicate with vehicles. Hyundai has been a great partner, and this will be an exciting time." Says Bob Frey, Project Manager for THEA's CV Pilot project.

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About THEA's Connected Vehicle Pilot

In 2015, The USDOT awarded $18.5 million in federal grant monies to the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority to conduct an innovative CV pilot.

The THEA CV Pilot employs state-of-the-art technology that allows vehicles to communicate to roadside infrastructure and other vehicles about traffic, hazards, and other potential factors affecting pedestrian, vehicle, and bicycle safety.

About Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.

As one of Hyundai Motor Group's (HMG) seven global centers focused on research and development (R&D), HATCI was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HATCI is HMG's design, technology and engineering division for North America. As HMG solidified its position as one of the top five global OEMs, HATCI has grown to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business-focused activities to support North America's Voice of the Customer.

HATCI supports new model development for HMG's North American operations and global programs from our dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located throughout the United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan, and Washington D.C.). HATCI's success in satisfying the demands of increasingly sophisticated consumers is a direct result of HMG's commitment to the future of American automotive engineering. HATCI upholds a strong R&D philosophy hinged on the creative and passionate input of all team members. This philosophy is paramount to HMG's North American operational strategy and serves as the foundation for engineering excellence and technological advancement.

About THEA

A public agency led by local citizens and operating with no tax dollars, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) provides safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community. From being the owner and operator of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to offering real-time testing and showcasing of connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies, to the design and operation of the world's first reversible all-electronic toll road, THEA continues to drive the conversation on cutting-edge transportation solutions. For more information, visit  www.tampa-xway.com.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at www.hatci.com, http://worldwide.hyundai.com, or http://globalpr.hyundai.com

May 2020
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Memorial Day, 2020 Schedule

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Memorial Day, 2020 Schedule

Tampa, May 19, 2020 – In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes (REL) will open eastbound at 1 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020, and will remain eastbound until 6:00 am, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  At that time, the REL will be open in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area, resuming normal operation hours.

Motorists are advised that the REL hours are subject to change without notice for maintenance and construction work.  Please check www.tampa-xway.com for updates.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.                                                     

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Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Schedule

Media Alert

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes Schedule

Tampa, May 7, 2020 – On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will maintain normal operation at 6:00 AM, with all traffic moving in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. There will, for the time being, be NO 10:00 AM “split”. Operational times will be 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the westbound direction and 1:00 PM till the following day at 6:00 AM in the eastbound direction. Weekends will be eastbound from 1:00 PM Friday to 6:00 AM Monday.

Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction/maintenance work.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com.

REL Schedule for post covid-19

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March 2020
Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Media Alert
March 20, 2020

Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes

Beginning today, March 20, 2020, the Reversible Express Lanes of the Selmon Expressway will remain in an eastbound direction until further notice.

For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected].

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Message from CEO, Joe Waggoner

Message from CEO, Joe Waggoner

To our Tampa Bay community,

Like everyone, we are facing an unprecedented situation as we deal with preventing the spread of COVID-19. We realize that you need reliable and safe travel no matter what.

Starting today, March 18, 2020, we are suspending walk-up (in-person) collection payments at our collection center for 30 days, as well as walk-up (in-person) assistance at the THEA offices.

Rest assured, you can pay online, by visiting www.payTHEAtolls.com or you can make a payment over the phone by calling our toll-free number, 1-877-258-5205.

For now, work continues on our two construction projects. You can keep up-to-date on lane closures and detours for the Selmon Extension project here at selmonextension.com/updates, and the South Selmon Safety Project here at tampa-xway.com/south-selmon-safety-project/.

I encourage you to stay current on advice from the CDC and Hillsborough County and follow the recommended guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. We know that we are all being affected by this challenge. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves as we go through this together.

Sincerely,

Joe Waggoner

February 2020
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Sponsors USF – Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2020

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Sponsors USF – Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition

Tampa, FL.– Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announces its sponsorship of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Engineering’s 28th annual Bridge Competition. The competition will take place at USF’s Engineering Expo on February 22, 2020, and is open to all Hillsborough and Pinellas County middle and high school students. This year’s student winners will receive a private, engineer-led tour of the Selmon Extension construction project to give students a behind-the-scenes view of STEM principles in action.

The USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition began in the 1980s as a student-run project to connect the University with area under-represented middle and high school students and provide a fun, extra-educational enrichment opportunity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) philosophies. The competition’s theme of Design It, Build It, Break It! allows teams of three students to design and build balsa wood model bridges and test their load capacities.

Teachers and student teams are encouraged to watch workshop videos on the competition’s webpage (https://usfbalsabridge.weebly.com/workshop-videos.html), which provide an opportunity to prepare for the competition, and then work with an engineering mentor to develop lesson plans that incorporate the fields of engineering and design with math and science through bridge-building.

Through its partnership with USF, THEA seeks to provide mentorship, encourage the STEM mindset, and raise educational opportunities for Tampa Bay area students.  The USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition is a branch of THEA’s Selmon STEM Scholarship Program, which supports through education and exposure to transportation careers, USF engineering students who are graduates of Hillsborough County high schools.

For more information on the USF-Selmon Balsa Bridge Design Competition, visit https://usfselmonbridgebuilding.com/.   For rules and regulations, or to register for the competition, visit https://usfselmonbridgebuilding.com/registration/.

January 2020
New exit point from southbound I-75 to the Selmon Expressway opens Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020

Brandon, FL – Drivers traveling from southbound I-75 to the Selmon Expressway (SR 618 - Exit 256) will use a new exit beginning early Tuesday morning, January 28.

 

The new exit point will be just south of Exit 257 to SR 60 (about one-half mile north of the existing exit), meaning motorists will need to make the decision to exit to the Selmon Expressway sooner. Once on the exit ramp, drivers should remain alert to traffic entering from westbound SR 60 merging from the right side. After that merge area, drivers will continue southward on the frontage ramp lanes and follow the signs to the Selmon Expressway.

 

This new southbound I-75 exit point replaces the current exit ramp to the Selmon Expressway and is a permanent change to the interchange configuration in this area. Drivers should be extra cautious to the new traffic pattern and remain alert to construction workers in the area.

Martin Luther King 2020 Hours on the Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes
January 17, 202019 – For the MLK holiday, on January 20,2020, the Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will maintain normal operation at 6:00 AM, with all traffic moving in the westbound direction from Brandon to the downtown area. At 10:00 AM, all traffic will be reversed to the eastbound direction from the downtown area to Brandon. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, normal hours of operation will resume. Motorists are advised that the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction/maintenance work. For more information, call 813.272.6740 or email [email protected]‐xway.com

Media Contact
Sue Chrzan
Communications Director
813-272-6740 ext 130

[email protected]om