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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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Plant City Transit Study Survey

June 2020 – Plant City is one of the fastest growing areas in Hillsborough County with over 40,000 residents and is strategically located between Tampa and Lakeland. In the mid-2000s, HART and Plant City operated the Strawberry Connector service to provide circulator trips within Plant City, which ceased operation during 2008. Starting in 2012, HART…

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Alden talks Vision Zero at Lifesavers Conference opener

June 2020 – On June 2, MPO Executive Director Beth Alden, AICP, was featured on the kick off webinar at the first-ever Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. Alden was on the panel with ITE Director and CEO Jeff Paniati and NYC DOT Assistant Commissioner Kim Wiley-Schwartz discussing how to effectively implement Vision Zero…

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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) & Proposed Amendments

TIP Quick Links Current TIP Amendments Mapping Tool Tentative Work Program Priorities 5 Year Work Program Federal Obligation Report Resources Archives Current TIP (Effective until Sept 30, 2021) Every year the Hillsborough MPO adopts a new Transportation Improvement Program based on the latest Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Work program.  On June 30, 2020 the…

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Focusing on agency internal collaboration

May 2020 – As one of Plan Hillsborough’s Strategic Plan Strategic Priorities, Internal Agency Enhancements are primarily focused on improving internal communication across teams and between staff with different roles and responsibilities. The need for maintaining strong internal connections became even more important once the agency transitioned to a virtual work environment in March where…

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Studying post COVID-19 economic impacts

Economic Outlook May 2020 So, we are moving towards reopening the country and the state. What has happened to our economy and how do we know when it’s back on track? We are glad you asked! Here, we hope to provide some guideposts to help you navigate the ocean of economic data. There are three…

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Staff Spotlight: Cheryl Wilkening

Cheryl Wilkening | Administrative Assistant II | Tenure: 1 Year Cheryl Wilkening was hired as the Administrative Assistant II for the MPO on June 10, 2019. In the short time she has worked for the MPO she has helped organize two public hearings, and many workshops and committee meetings. She assisted with the GPC selection process, Long…

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Staff Spotlight: Yeneka Mills

Yeneka Mills | Principal Planner | Tenure: 14 years Yeneka started at the Planning Commission as an intern in 2005 and was hired soon after as a Community Planner. In January 2016 she was promoted to Senior Planner and earlier this year she was promoted to her current position, Principal Planner. One of the highlights…

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