Cyclovia rolled through downtown Tampa

On Sunday, October 19th, the Florida Department of Transportation closed a portion of Kennedy Boulevard to motorized traffic.Together with the City of Tampa, the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the MPO BPAC and their community partners, FDOT brought Cyclovia to Tampa Bay! Cyclovia (also referred to as Ciclovía or Open Streets) is based on the Spanish word…

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Regional Commuting Made Easy

Carpool (n.): an arrangement among a group of automobile owners by which each owner in turn drives the others or their children to and from a designated place. TBARTA, the regional transportation authority for the Tampa Bay Area, operates and provides assistance for those wanting to share trips, a.k.a. carpoolers, as well as those in…

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Bikes (and feet!) across Tampa Bay

On Tuesday, January 13, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commitees of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties met jointly at the City of Oldsmar. About thirty volunteers and advocates gathered to discuss  a broad range of topics including the completion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail and other opportunities for regional trail connections. The committees agreed to work together…

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HART sets all-time ridership records

Even with declining gas prices, October 2014 marked the highest month for bus ridership in HART history! The numbers are in, and for the first time HART provided 1,438,947 passenger trips in one month, which is roughly a 5.8 percent increase over October 2013. HART recorded 60,711 trips on October 6 – the highest single day ridership in HART’s history! “Our weekday ridership…

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Last Year’s Winners – A Celebration of Great Planning & Design!

The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric. The event was held on October 17 at Maestro’s at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As the American Planning Association celebrates Community Planning Month and  Great Places in America, we are proud…

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Summit highlights transformational projects

More than 200 people packed the ballroom of the Tampa International Airport Marriott to be charged up by transformational projects in the Tampa – Orlando super region.  Convened by the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco MPOs, the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Summit featured dynamic federal, state, regional and private sector leaders. Hillsborough County Aviation Authority CEO Joe…

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MPO updates ITS Master Plan

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are a key component in the management of traffic. From the coordination of traffic signals to video cameras and informational message signs on the interstates, ITS is used throughout Hillsborough County. An update to the Master Plan adopted in 2005 has been circulated through the MPO’s committees for review and comment….

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My City Bikes app provides free maps, routes

My City Bikes is a public health project to benefit communities across the United States and Canada by providing a simple mobile resource to encourage cycling. Whether for fun, fitness or transportation, My City Bikes serves as a definitive guide to each participating community’s cycling opportunities. Local bike shops in cities across North America are…

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Imagine 2040 : Part 2…You told us more!

More than 2,400 citizens spoke up in July and August for the future of transportation. Over an 8-week period, culminating with an interactive display at Florida’s Largest Home Show over Labor Day weekend. Opinions were sought on transportation needs from a wide spectrum of groups at 65 events as well as from the comfort of…

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Ray Chiaramonte becomes TBARTA’s new executive director

After an extensive half-year search for qualified candidates, the TBARTA Board has named Ramond Chiaramonte, AICP, as its next Executive Director. Chiaramonte recently served as the Executive Director at both the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. The TBARTA Board was guided by a selection committee and an…

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A legacy for our community…

Parting words from Ray Chiaramonte : As I leave the Planning Commission and MPO for the next chapter in my life, it is time to reflect on the important things that happened over my 35 year career here. I have had almost every job imaginable along this journey from the bottom to the top. Starting…

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Federal Channel width reduced in Downtown area of Hillsborough River

Over the past several years, the City of Tampa has worked to narrow the Hillsborough River Federal Channel on the south side of Kennedy Boulevard Bridge to the mouth of the Hillsborough River. The River Board examined and endorsed this effort. Most of the channel in the river is 100 feet wide; however, South of…

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