Walk Bike News – May 2015 : Selmon Greenway ribbon-cutting & Jane’s Walk

The Selmon Greenway ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, May 2, and marked the opening of the first phase of the 1.7 mile, 15 foot wide multi-use trail located within and adjacent to the Selmon Expressway. A trailblazing concept in urban recreation, the new Selmon Greenway provides an important walk-bike connection between Ybor City and the Riverwalk….

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High speed ferry on the horizon

Last month the Hillsborough MPO endorsed a high speed passenger ferry as a priority project. If funded as part of the MPO’s 2040 Plan, the ferry could be carrying commuters between Southshore and MacDill Air Force Base within the next several years. HMS Ferries, Inc. and Akerman Senterfitt are working with the County to establish…

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Imagine 2040 receives top honors at the Future of the Region Awards!

On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a…

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Resiliency Plan hits the airwaves

County Commissioner Les Miller, Chair of the Hillsborough MPO and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), recently discussed the importance of preparing our roads and transit for extreme weather events on the award winning television series, Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel in May 2015 and on FOX Business in June/July…

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Gunn / Linebaugh intersection improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation has proposed design improvements to the intersection of Gunn Highway & Linebaugh Avenue include changes that are needed to reduce vehicle delay, improve safety, and reduce accident occurrences. The project cost is estimated to be $1.5 million. The design improvements include: removal of the westbound left turn lane addition of…

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More intersection improvements & projects funded by Hillsborough County

At its April 1st meeting, the Board of County Commissioners allocated funding from property tax capital reserve funds and from impact fees paid by developers to support transportation improvements needed near their developments. Intersection improvements include: Bloomingdale Ave & Culbreath Rd Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd & Williams Rd Hillsborough Ave & Webb Rd…

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Hillsborough County renames boulevard to recognize Tampa visionary

At an unveiling ceremony on March 20, 2015, County Commission Chair Sandy Murman posed with the family of the late Al Austin in front of a sign designating two blocks of a county road as Alfred S. Austin Boulevard. The two blocks of Westshore Boulevard between Cypress and Laurel Streets run through the heart of…

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FDOT to study widening US 301

Recently, an MPO committee provided review comments to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for a roadway widening in north Hillsborough County on US 301. The FDOT is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate the expansion of a 13.8 mile segment of US 301 from its current two-lane undivided configuration to…

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The future of “connected” roadways

What if your “smart car” could warn you of a weather or traffic delay on the roadway ahead and propose an alternate route? Connected cars might be making an appearance sooner than you think. Technology applications with potential benefits for roadway capacity and safety are evolving at a rapid pace. The Tampa/Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA)…

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Tampa Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Master Plan Update (2016)

The Tampa‐Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan Update has two major objectives. The first objective is to update the County’s Greenways Master Plan by integrating the various recent pedestrian, bicycle, and multi‐use trail projects and planning efforts into the Plan. The second objective is to identify trail and facility connection opportunities to further improve the region’s…

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Trees & trains

A video look at Downtown in 10 years Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 13 at the Tampa Convention Center with the theme, “Downtown: Fast Forward,” a look at downtown ten years into the future.  A video by the same title was featured, focusing on the voice of youth, as…

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Amber K. Dickerson, AICP (Ex-Officio)

As the Department Manager of Planning and Siting for Hillsborough County Public Schools – the eighth largest school district in the country, Ms. Dickerson is directly involved in short and long range facility planning, school concurrency implementation, real estate transactions, intergovernmental coordination, attendance boundary changes, and bike and pedestrian safety efforts. Ms. Dickerson has a Bachelor’s…

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Rubber Meets the Road – April 2015 : Imagine 2040 receives top honors!

On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a partnership…

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Career & Consultant Opportunities

The Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization and River Board are served by a consolidated planning agency staff.  We are dedicated to providing the highest caliber service to the public and our boards, and we strive to find qualified and motivated job candidates.  We make professional development and career advancement for planners and affiliated professions one of…

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