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The 2020 Annual Report is out!

January 2021 – Learn about our special projects, ongoing work, and behind the scenes successes accomplished in 2020. Throughout this unprecedented time, our agency has continued to work together and collaborate with our local partner governments, citizens, stakeholders, boards, and committees in a virtual environment to ensure our communities continue to thrive. Read the Plan…

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Get a first look at the MPO 2021 Calendar!

January 2021 – While 2020 threw us a few curveballs, it was a busy and fulfilling year! Check out the MPO’s 2021 Calendar to learn about our 2020 project highlights and to see all of our upcoming 2021 board and committee meetings. To request a hard copy, please email Cheryl Wilkening, or call 813/756-0371. View…

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Plant City Transit Study report published

January 2021 – The MPO initiated a transit study in 2020 to evaluate the feasibility of implementing transit service to Plant City to provide residents with transportation to fulfill their daily needs and access jobs and recreation. Conducted in partnership with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) at the request of Plant City, the study analyzed…

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The County’s High Injury Roadways get a thorough exam

January 2021 – As a commitment to Vision Zero, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) allocated $500,000 to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to study eight of the top 20 High-Injury Corridors under the County’s jurisdiction. The eight reports focus on low-cost engineering countermeasures that will go a long way towards causing drivers to slow…

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Hillsborough River offers plenty of socially distant activities

January 2021 – With social distancing, masks, and other precautions still needed due to the health pandemic, recreation on and around the Hillsborough River has never been better. There are opportunities to rent canoes on the Hillsborough River from private vendors and at some Hillsborough County Parks, like Lettuce Lake Park.  During the cooler months,…

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Bridge the learning gap

December 2020 – In the December 2020 issue of the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine, an article titled Bridge the Learner Gap featured two Plan Hillsborough planners. Melissa Dickens, AICP and Yeneka Mills were both quoted in the article sharing how a mentor can help build new skills, broaden your perspective, and take your career…

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Hillsborough is the first county in Florida to achieve LEED Platinum designation

December 2020 – Congratulations to Hillsborough County on becoming the first county government in Florida and only the third county in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum for Cities and Communities certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation recognizes years of hard work and initiatives to safeguard the environment and enhance the quality…

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It’s time for our Federal Certification Review

Previous Next December 2020 –  Held every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct reviews of designated Transportation Management Areas. The Tampa Bay TMA is made up of the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs. The primary purpose of the review is to certify that the TMA is satisfactorily meeting the…

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UZURVs application for CTD service and innovation Grant approved

December 2020 – UZURV works with transit authorities and healthcare organizations across the country to provide the highest quality door-to-door adaptive transportation for community ADA mobility programs and efficient non-emergency medical transportation. In collaboration with TBARTA, UZURV received nearly $1 million from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) to provide cross-county and late-night trips…

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Tampa updates Hillsborough River speed zones

December 2020 – Speed restrictions for boaters are important to prevent erosion, to prevent damage to docks and moored boats, for the protection of wildlife, and public safety. Over the years, various areas of the lower Hillsborough River were speed restricted. Some areas are “slow speed,” while others are “idle speed.”  For those traveling this…

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Plan Hillsborough recommits to Equity with 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan

November 2020 – Throughout the course of history, racial discrimination has been evident in transportation and land use planning. In Hillsborough County, neighborhood clearing was manifested in the construction of I-275 and I-4 which were used to divide African American communities and eliminate the Central Avenue Business District. After a wave of protests for racial…

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Great American Teach-In 2020

November 2020 – On Thursday, November 19 several Plan Hillsborough staff participated in the Great American Teach-In, held virtually due to the pandemic. Our staff presented to 16 classes of high schoolers at Tampa Bay Tech on how Smart Cities technology can change transportation and encouraged them to share their feedback through the survey. Many…

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Staff Spotlight: Joshua Barber

Joshua Barber | Community Planner II | Tenure: 9 months Joshua Barber is a Community Planner II with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and has been with the agency for nine months. Prior to working at the MPO, he worked for a medium-sized consulting firm in Tampa doing multimodal and transit planning for two years…

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