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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Gateway Rail Project wins Regional Award of Distinction

On March 25th, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council awarded the Tampa Port Authority its 2012 Charles A. McIntosh, Jr. Award of Distinction for the Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal project. The Gateway Rail Facility supports national and State of Florida renewable energy policies by promoting domestic ethanol production and reducing dependence on foreign energy sources….

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A new bike lane for a new economy

U.S. cities are discovering an unexpected tool to create new economic opportunities: the protected bike lane. The conventional bike lane is getting a makeover in American cities. No longer relying on just a few inches of white paint to give people on bikes a feeling of security and comfort on busy streets, modern protected bike…

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River Board’s Technical Advisory Council Annual Election of Officers

At its regular meeting of January 21, 2014, the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council held its annual election of officers. Dr. Richard Brown was unanimously elected to continue to serve an additional year as Chair. Mr. Peter Owens was also unanimously elected to continue to serve an additional year as Vice Chair.

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HART CEO Philip Hale announces retirement

After 42 years in the transit industry, HART CEO Philip Hale is retiring effective May 2, 2014. Philip Hale leaves the agency with a number of accomplishments during his tenure as HART CEO including: Record ridership – an almost 7% increase during his tenure The launch of MetroRapid – the first of its kind in…

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FDOT considers options for SR 60 east

The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a Project Development and Environment Study (PD&E) for SR 60 from Valrico Road to the Polk County Line. The purpose is to identify and evaluate design concepts for six-laning the road and determine any potential effects on the natural and human environment. The study, which began in June…

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MetroRapid fuels ridership gains

MetroRapid North-South bus service has proven to be a success. The service began full operations on June 10. In August, less than 90 days from its launch, HART announced that the area’s first rapid transit bus line has exceeded ridership expectations. Since opening, MetroRapid ridership has nearly doubled – averaging 1,929 daily riders in June…

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City of Tampa Council Redistricting

Approved unanimously by the Planning Commission! The Planning Commission is required by State and Local law to redistrict the four, single-member districts every four year preceding the next City Council election. Redistricting is a process that addresses population change. The goal is to ensure the districts are “as equal as possible” in terms of population….

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Local Ride with Mayor Chillura

Date:       Friday, March 20, 2015 Time:       7:30 a.m. Location: Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive, Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura will lead riders on a leisurely 3-mile ride along the winding streets of beautiful Temple Terrace, starting and ending at the Family Recreation Complex. The event starts at 7:30…

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Members round up

On November 14, 2013 the BOCC reappointed Commissioner Al Higginbotham to the River Board. A native Floridian from Plant City, Commissioner Higginbotham received a degree in political science with an emphasis on South American Government from the University of Florida. His political interests led him to serve as a Congressional aide in Washington, Hillsborough River…

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Request for Proposals : Executive Search Services

This Request for a Proposal (RFP) has been awarded to The Mercer Group.  No further requests are warranted and the selection process has concluded. For further information contact Grace Sanders at sandersg@plancom.org or (813) 273-3774 ext. 334.

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City of Tampa appoints ‘millennial’

Welcome, Commissioner Benson! Appointed by the City of Tampa, Stephen Benson, AICP, CNU-A, was sworn in as the newest member of the Planning Commission at our October 14 meeting. Only 25 years old, Benson is the first member of the millennial generation to serve on the Planning Commission. Benson, a fourth generation Tampa native, spent most of his life…

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