Tampa receives Honorable Mention as Bicycle Friendly Community

In May, the League of American Bicyclists gave Tampa an Honorable Mention in its Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. The program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA program is a tool to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. But the BFA…

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imagine 2040: Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan

At least every seven years, county’s in the State of Florida must determine whether there is a need to update and amend their Comprehensive Plans to reflect changes in state requirements since the last time the plan was updated. The County is taking this opportunity to update the Future of Hillsborough County’s Comprehensive Plan not…

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MPO planning recognized for improving community health

Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase…

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Coming soon to a corridor near you!

At its June 2nd meeting, the MPO held a public hearing before adopting a $1.4 billion Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP funds a wide variety of projects over the next five years and begins to realize the MPO’s 2040 Plan. Public transit and rideshare improvements are an important part of the TIP, including: Replacing older buses in HART’s…

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Hurricane season important reminders

Residents with special needs, the elderly, and those without transportation require extra attention in order to stay safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Hillsborough County has programs in place to help these residents prepare and find safe shelter. To make sure there are enough facilities to accommodate residents who need evacuation assistance to a…

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CCC endorses Top 10 transportation initiatives for our region

In a historic meeting on March 15, the council of MPOs, known as the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, representing the eight counties in West Central Florida agreed on the next big things in transportation. The action came after the list of ten strategic initiatives was independently endorsed by each of the region’s MPOs.   The…

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Where’s the bus? There’s an app for that

Two years ago HART launched the revolutionary OneBusAway app that delivers real-time bus arrival information directly to a customer’s smart phone, computer, or other Wi-Fi enabled device. The system is accessed more than 200,000 times every month. Now the system has upgraded to include a touchtone feature allowing riders to get real-time information from a regular phone. The new…

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62 consecutive months of a million plus!

HART continues to celebrate ridership growth. April 2015 brought 1,255,932 trips, marking 62 consecutive months of a million-plus bus rides! February 2010 was the last month with under one million rides. This continues a strong upward ridership trend for HART, with a fifth straight year of record ridership. It’s time to join in on the celebration, get…

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A life framed by love for community

It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of Anne Madden on May 28, 2015. Following her service to our country in the military, Anne continued to serve as an advocate of the SouthShore community and all of Hillsborough County as a member of numerous civic and county organizations. She was the owner…

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FDOT kicks in $1 million to plan streetcar expansion

Richard Danielson, Times Staff writer Published April, 22, 2015 The Florida Department of Transportation has committed $1 million to help City Hall figure out how to expand Tampa’s underused and underfunded downtown streetcar. “We’ve got to fix the streetcar,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a recent interview. “We can maintain the status quo for a…

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Tampa area ranked 11th in nation for traffic congestion

Yvette C. Hammett | Tribune Staff  Published March 21, 2015 During afternoon rush hour, 53 percent of commuters in the Tampa metro area are mired in gridlock. In the mornings, 34 percent sit in traffic. This region ranks 11th in the nation for congestion, according to the 2014 TomTom Traffic Index released Tuesday.   Using…

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TBARTA Master Plan update for 2015

In order to align efforts and prevent duplication, TBARTA has joined together with the West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC) to create a combined regional master plan and regional long range transportation plan. The TBARTA 2040 regional networkmaps and projects now are based on the five MPOs’ long range cost feasible transportation plans, and the LRTPs’ Needs are illustrated in the TBARTA Longer Range Needs network maps….

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Hillsborough Rides – June 2015 : MPO recognized as community champion

Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase…

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