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Our meetings will continue to be accessible online

October 2020 – The Governor has not extended his executive order for virtual meetings past October. Plan Hillsborough is working out the details to allow for a quorum of our boards and committees to meet in person, socially distanced with masks. We will continue to televise and live-stream meetings online as we have since March….

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3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit to be held virtually

October 2020 – On behalf of the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO is hosting the region’s 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit November 16 – 19, 2020. This educational event is being held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic.  Participants in the summit will hear the latest insights on…

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Planning for Resilient Transportation

October 2020 – Last year, the U.S. was affected by 14 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters. We are currently in the midst of the 2020 hurricane season, so this year’s numbers are not yet in. Allison Yeh, AICP, LEED GA, Executive Planner, was invited to participate on a panel for the Federal Highway Administration…

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It’s All Love Rideout in Cycling

October 2020 – A new pro-bicycle movement called All Love Rideout is taking the Tampa Bay area by storm. Love, health, and community are the group’s primary values as they encourage new riders, youth, women, and people from all walks of life to take the streets together on bikes. Ron Henry, Sr. nearly lost his…

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MPO takes positive step towards transportation equity

September 2020 – At the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on June 10, Mr. Hoyt Prindle shared a draft resolution on racial discrimination which supports peaceful protests and ending racial discrimination in transportation. Mr. Prindle’s draft included edits by CAC members. At the same meeting, the CAC subcommittee on Racial Discrimination and Equity was formed…

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Join us for the virtual Vision Zero Leadership Summit

September 2020 – It’s time for the Vision Zero Leadership Summit! The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and Vision Zero Hillsborough are hosting the virtual summit on Tuesday, September 22 from 9 a.m. – noon via GotoWebinar. Register to hear panel discussions on better uses of law enforcement resources to deter the most dangerous traffic behaviors,…

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Managing Lanes for Transportation Efficiency & Fairness

September 2020 – Three workshops that are free and open to the public will be held virtually in October. They are being offered by the MPO for learning about and discussing managing lanes for transportation efficiency and fairness. The featured speaker will be Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute,…

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Smart Cities Mobility Plan will improve transportation planning with technology

  September 2020 – The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization’s first Smart Cities Mobility Plan is currently underway. The forthcoming plan is a long awaited update to the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Master Plan, which was last updated in 2013. Since that time, much has changed in the field of transportation planning, particularly with respect to…

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Health & Highways: Impacts of Transportation Infrastructure on Communities

September 2020 – Beth Alden, AICP, MPO Executive Director, participated in the Houston AQ webinar on Health & Highways: Impacts of Transportation Infrastructure on Communities hosted by Air Alliance Houston, LINK Houston, and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The panelists consisted of local and national experts who discussed how transportation infrastructure projects, like…

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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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