TDCB and CAC choose leaders for 2015

Last month, MPO Chair Commissioner Les Miller tapped Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen to chair the MPO’s Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB). This is the Councilman’s second year as TDCB Chair. The TDCB elected Gloria Mills as its Vice Chair, and Becki Forsell as its Officer at Large. Ms. Mills, in her fourth year as…

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Meeting of the minds: Livable Roadways & Community Traffic Safety hold joint workshop

More than 40 diverse safety professionals and advocates attended the first ever FDOT Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) and the  MPO Livable Roadways Committee workshop on November 5th. The workshop was moderated by City of Tampa Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, and CTST Chair Jamie Sweeney, DKS Associates.The synergy of talent, resources and opportunities for collaboration became apparent as attendees…

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Congrats to Planning & Design award winners!

On October 30, the Planning Commission held it’s 32nd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas at the A La Carte Pavilion. Hosted by ABC Action News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin, this awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. A panel of judges…

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ADA Coordinator Sandra Sroka retiring

Hillsborough County’s long-time coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be stepping down from her job at the end of September. Sandra Sroka has served in her position since 1998, and has been the County’s first and only ADA coordinator so far. She has also been acting as the County’s Health Insurance Portability…

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Imagine 2040 launch event

Imagine 2040 : Part 2   In case you missed it, here is a little bit of what happened at our Imagine 2040 launch event held on July 10th at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. Thank you to our BPAC for providing a bike valet for this event! Take the Imagine 2040 : Part 2 survey…

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Invision Tampa projects moving forward

The City of Tampa is forging ahead with Invision Tampa plan. In May and June, more than 200 people attended workshops to discuss the future of Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, located just across the Hillsborough River from downtown Tampa. One concept under discussion is re-aligning Laurel Street further north along I-275 to make more…

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Interstate construction update

Anyone traveling on our Interstates knows that the Florida DOT has a lot of work going on. Travelers often ask: when will the construction be done? FDOT recently issued a status report on projects recently completed or wrapping up: I-75 bridge deck replacement over Harney Rd: FDOT re-constructed both the northbound and southbound I-75 bridges…

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Funding sought for Marion St transitway

HART is requesting $10,000,000 from the U.S. DOT in TIGER discretionary funds for the Marion Street Transitway Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project. This project will enhance the ‘livability’ of the Transitway for all modes of transportation for the continued growth of Downtown Tampa. If funded, the project will lead to: Stop Consolidation and Spacing. By reducing…

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Expressway set to test automated cars

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the Selmon Expressway is about to make history, again. Approved by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) , the Expressway has met the criteria to become an automated vehicle test bed. THEA is joining a small affiliation of…

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MPO endorses SouthShore circulators

Last month, the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the SouthShore Transit Circulator Study. A joint effort of the MPO and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), the study recommends a combination of new routes and flex routes serving Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. Specifically, two new two-way loops would operate…

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Hillsborough to have 600,000 transportation disadvantaged by 2040

The MPO has almost completed the 2014 Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) for Hillsborough County. The Plan is updated each year to ensure that programs and services keep pace with the needs of the elderly, disabled and low income populations who cannot transport themselves. A combination of the County’s Sunshine Line and private contractors provide…

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Have your say about the future!

What does a good transportation system mean to you? The MPO has heard a lot of answers from citizens over the years — everything from “please fix the pavement” and “why can’t the traffic signals tell that I’m waiting?” to high speed ferries and automated people-movers. In this year’s update of our community’s long range…

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Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group (TMA)

Purpose There is a role for a TMA-focused group, not currently performed by any existing transportation organization. That role includes developing regional consensus priorities for the TMA, especially in the allocation of federal & state funds. The group will focus on major cross-county transportation markets and traffic movements, and on helping the Tampa Bay metropolitan…

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FDOT summit focuses on safety

FDOT District 7 held the Fourth Annual Safety Summit on March 5, 2014. It was well-attended with public officials, engineers, planners, health field representatives, and law enforcement. The Safety Summit: For more information, contact Gena Torres at 813-273-3774 x357.

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River Board requests delay in Blue Sink pumping permit

In an ongoing effort to provide minimum flows for the lower Hillsborough River, while allowing continued optimal use of the City of Tampa Reservoir in the middle river, the City of Tampa applied for a Water Use Permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to pump water from a sinkhole in the Forrest…

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