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Staff Spotlight: Felicia Pulliam

Felicia Pulliam | Financial Manager | Tenure: 23 years Felicia started working at the Planning Commission in April 1997 as an Accountant I and is now the Financial Manager for the Hillsborough County Planning Commission and MPO. She creates and maintains both agency’s budgets and submits them to the county annually. She is also responsible for…

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Staff Spotlight: Gena Torres

Gena Torres | Executive Planner | Tenure: 26 years Gena Torres is an Executive Planner with the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization. After graduating from the University of South Florida, she has spent the past 30 years working to make the streets of Tampa and surrounding communities safer. She has tackled the challenge of turning around…

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2020 Ride Guide: Your guide to getting a ride in the Tampa Bay region

August 2020 – The Hillsborough MPO recently published the 2020 Ride Guide which contains information about transportation services offered throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. The local coordinating boards for these counties coordinate transportation services with the goal of improving the quality of life and transportations needs for children, the elderly, and other citizens who…

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Working towards zero

August 2020 – The Vision Zero Progress Report (2018–2020) highlights the great strides our community has taken over the last two years towards reducing traffic injury and deaths. The report recognizes specific projects and programs that show data-backed success at improving safety, and others that have influenced behavior where the number of lives saved may…

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Public open house for Plant City Transit Study

August 2020 – The MPO initiated a transit study this year to explore the needs and feasibility of implementing transit service to Plant City to serve the residents and fulfill their daily needs and provide access to jobs and recreation. This study is conducted in partnership with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and will analyze…

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MPO sponsors speed management study

August 2020 – Speed is the number one factor in whether a person will survive a traffic crash or be involved in one. With the concerning numbers of people being hurt and killed on roadways in Hillsborough County, several approaches are needed to reduce injuries and deaths. This is why the Hillsborough MPO sponsored a…

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2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) passes

July 2020 – At its June 30 virtual meeting, the MPO Board approved the TIP. The TIP prioritizes and documents funding for transportation improvement projects for the next five years. Some of the improvements include roadway resurfacing, bridge maintenance, walk/bike improvements, safety improvements, and bus replacement. Details are provided in the media release.

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Resilient Tampa Bay pilot project wins regional award

July 2020 – The Resilient Tampa Bay pilot project assessed the resilience and reliability of Tampa Bay’s transportation system. The Hillsborough MPO, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the FDOT West Central – Tampa Area, Forward Pinellas, and Pasco County MPO, were honored with a 2020 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from…

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FDOT taps Dr. Johnny Wong to join Source Book Technical Team

July 2020 – Dr. Johnny Wong, MPO Principal Planner, was invited to participate in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Source Book Technical Team to discuss methodology changes. The team is coordinated by the FDOT’s Forecasting and Trends Office, located in Tallahassee. The Forecasting and Trends Office coordinates with its customers to update the Source…

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MPO remains committed to nondiscrimination

July 2020 – On July 26, 2020, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President George H. W. Bush signed the law in 1990 with hopes of eliminating discrimination towards individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including transportation. Regulations require reasonable accommodations be made…

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Coordinating affordable housing and transit

June 2020 – Affordable Housing and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) are increasingly being discussed as a paired challenge facing planners for good reason. Housing and transportation represent the first and second largest expenditures for a majority of U.S. households (Center for Transit Oriented Development, 2014). According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,…

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Call for entries for our 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards

June 2020 – The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 38th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County. If you have been a part of a project contributing to a better quality of life in our community, we encourage you to apply. Early bird entries are open! Visit the web page to…

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Transportation Improvement Program 2020 Update

June 2020 – The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) public hearing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to receive input from the community and to approve transportation projects for 2020/21 – 2024/25. This is an opportunity for citizens to express concerns about transportation projects in…

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