Who Are the MPO Board & Committees?

MPO-soloThe Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a transportation policy-making board mandated by federal and state law. The MPO is directly responsible for making sure federal and state dollars spent on existing and future transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. Committed to meaningful public engagement throughout this process, the MPO is responsible for establishing priorities to meet short-term (next 5 years) and long-term (20+ years) multi-modal transportation needs for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and unincorporated Hillsborough County.

The MPO board and committees are guided by a set of by-laws and certified by the federal government annually.

For more information on who the MPO is and what it does, view the Joy of Looking Ahead to 2035 - Citizen's Guide to Transportation Planning.

Apply to become a member of an MPO Advisory Committee.

View current presentations being shown to the MPO board & committees.

The MPO is comprised of elected officials and representatives appointed from the local governments and transportation authorities. The current Board consists of 16 voting members:

Commissioner Lesley "Les" MillerChair
Commissioner Lesley "Les"  Miller
Hillsborough County
Councilman Harry CohenVice Chair
Councilman Harry Cohen
City of Tampa
Commissioner Kevin BecknerCommissioner Kevin Beckner
Hillsborough County
Commissioner Ken HagenCommissioner Ken Hagan
Hillsborough County
Commissioner Sandra MurmanCommissioner Sandra Murman
Hillsborough County
Commissioner Stacy WhiteCommissioner Stacy White
Hillsborough County
guidomaniscalcoCouncilman Guido Maniscalco
City of Tampa
Councilwoman Lisa MontelioneCouncilwoman Lisa Montelione
City of Tampa
Mayor Frank ChilluraMayor Frank Chillura
City of Temple Terrace
Mayor Rick LottMayor Rick A. Lott
City of Plant City
wallacebowersMr. Wallace Bowers
HART Board of Directors
CEO Joe LopanoCEO Joe Lopano
Tampa Aviation Authority
Port Director Paul AndersonPort Director Paul Anderson
Tampa Port Authority
Executive Director Joe WaggonerExecutive Director Joseph Waggoner
Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Commissioner Trent Green
Planning Commission
cindystuartMs. Cindy Stuart
Hillsborough County School Board
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Policy Committee

The MPO Policy Committee meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Policy Committee calendar & agendas

The MPO Policy Committee was created in 1992 as a subcommittee of the full MPO Board.  Its membership is made up of MPO Board Members.  Originally called the "ISTEA Subcommittee," its purpose was to provide the Board an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). Since 1992, the committee has changed its name to the MPO Policy Committee to better reflect its widened scope of discussion on various issues.  The Policy Committee acts as a sounding board for issues that will be brought to the MPO Board for action.  In a less formal setting, members can ask questions and more fully discuss upcoming MPO action items.  The Committee also provides guidance to the MPO staff on policy matters.

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meets monthly, typically on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

CAC calendar & agendas

The CAC consists of fourteen citizen volunteers.  Thirteen are appointed by each of the thirteen voting MPO Board members, and one citizen represents the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board.  Many of the CAC members are active in homeowners, business, or other civic associations.  Anyone is welcome to attend, and Hillsborough County residents interested in serving on the CAC are encouraged. 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

TAC calendar & agendas

The TAC is composed of technically qualified representatives employed by, or associated with, a public or semi-public agency for the purpose of planning, programming and/or engineering of the transportation system within the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization area boundary.  It is responsible for assisting in the development of transportation planning work programs; for coordinating transportation planning and programming; for review of all transportation studies, reports, plans and/or programs, and making recommendations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, based upon the technical sufficiency, accuracy, and completeness of transportation related studies, plans and/or programs.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly, normally on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

BPAC calendar & agendas

The BPAC's mission is to make Hillsborough County a safer and more pleasurable place to bicycle and walk. The committee makes recommendations to the MPO on bicycle and pedestrian-related issues. Twenty volunteers comprise the BPAC. Twelve seats are held by at-large members (citizens) who are appointed by the MPO. The remaining eight seats are held by representatives of local agencies, cities and county.  Volunteers are encouraged to participate on the BPAC and any of its subcommittees. 

Livable Roadways Committee (LRC)

The Livable Roadways Committee (LRC) meets monthly, typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

LRC calendar & agendas

The LRC is an interdisciplinary group of volunteers from the public and private sectors who represent local governments, government agencies, companies, citizen groups and professional organizations. The committee strives to create a transportation system that balances design and aesthetics with issues of roadway safety and function. It reviews transportation and roadway plans and policies, making recommendations for improvement. The committee discusses topics related to transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and roadway design, safety and function. Focused on streetscape beautification, site and building design, landscape, environmental protection, preservation and signage, the committee is committed to considering all modes of transportation in the recommendations it makes.

Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB)

The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) meets bi-monthly, usually on the fourth Friday of the month at 9:15 a.m.

TDCB calendar & agendas

Chaired by an MPO member,  the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board is composed of 18 members representing agencies and boards, citizens and a representative from the private transportation industry.  A sampling of the agencies represented includes Blind Services, Children and Families, Elder Affairs, public schools and Veteran's Affairs, among others.  The TDCB guides and coordinates local transportation services with the goal of improving quality of life for the elderly, those who have physical or mental disabilities, children at risk, and the economically disadvantaged.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee (ITS)

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Committee meets bi-monthly, usually on the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

ITS calendar & agendas

The ITS Committee is composed of technically qualified representatives of agencies involved in the planning, programming, engineering and/or implementation of intelligent transportation systems projects in Hillsborough County.  The ITS Committee is responsible for assisting in the development of ITS planning work programs, as well as reviewing related studies, reports, plans, projects (including consistency with regional architecture and other standards and/or programs) and making recommendations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and/or other agencies. The ITS Committee recommendations to the MPO are based upon the technical sufficiency, accuracy, and completeness of studies, plans and/or programs.

Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group (TMA)

There is a role for a TMA-focused group, not currently performed by any existing transportation organization. That role includes developing regional consensus priorities for the TMA, especially in the allocation of federal & state funds. The group will focus on major cross-county transportation markets and traffic movements, and on helping the Tampa Bay metropolitan area speak with one voice in discussions of regional transportation prioritization issues and financial resources.

TMA Calendar & Agendas

First-year tasks will include developing TMA priorities and at least one project that demonstrates that the Leadership Group can effect change. Potential candidates for an initial project include managed lanes with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a major tri-county spine.

The Leadership will comprise three members of each MPO board as voting members, and non-voting advisors from FDOT and TBARTA. The staff support group will comprise staff of these agencies and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the latter as needed.

The TMA Leadership Group acts in an advisory role to each of the three MPOs. Leadership members will be responsible for conveying concerns of their respective MPOs to the TMA group, and for conveying TMA group discussion and recommendations back to the MPOs.

This group’s work will be staffed jointly by the staff of the three MPOs. Meeting locations and conference calls will be arranged by the Hillsborough MPO, and agenda packets will be distributed by the Pinellas MPO. Public notice for meetings will be provided by all three MPOs according to their typical procedures.

 

MPO School Transportation Working Group (STWG)

Hillsborough County is the 8th largest school district in the nation, the county’s largest employer with more than 26,000 employees, and each day transports almost 90,000 students to and from school. Close collaboration between schools and transportation is important in Hillsborough County. In 2015, the Hillsborough MPO added a Hillsborough County School Board member as a voting member of the MPO, to enhance the lines of communication.

STWG Calendar & Agendas

Coordination is needed on many levels in addition to the boards. Interagency partnerships are vital for problem-solving on a host of topics, from traffic circulation to walk/bike safety to school-pools and transit. A regular, periodic meeting of transportation-focused professionals representing local governments, transit agencies, public safety organizations, and several functional groups within the School District would be beneficial, and does not currently exist. The Hillsborough MPO, which provides transportation coordination and long-range planning for many of these organizations already, is a logical host for such a group.

 

 

 

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Please note that members change frequently. Please check with the MPO Administrative Assistant Wanda West at 813/272-5940 to verify current MPO or committee members.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Board Representing/Appointed By
Chair Commissioner Les Miller Hillsborough County
Vice Chair Councilman Harry Cohen City of Tampa
CEO Joe Lopano Aviation Authority
Councilman Guido Maniscalco City of Tampa
Mayor Frank Chillura City of Temple Terrace
Mr. Wallace Bowers HART Board of Directors
Commissioner Kevin Beckner Hillsborough County
Councilwoman Lisa Montelione City of Tampa
Commissioner Ken Hagan Hillsborough County
Commissioner Sandra Murman Hillsborough County
Mayor Rick A. Lott Plant City
CEO Joseph Waggoner Tampa - Hillsborough Expressway Authority
CEO Paul Anderson Port Tampa Bay
Commissioner Trent Green Planning Commission
Commissioner Stacy White Hillsborough County
Ms. Cindy Stuart Hillsborough County School Board
Policy Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Councilwoman Lisa Montelione City of Tampa
Vice Chair Councilman Harry Cohen City of Tampa
Mr. Wallace Bowers HART
Commissioner Sandra Murman Hillsborough County
Commissioner Trent Green Planning Commission
Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group Representing/Appointed By
Hillsborough MPO Rep. Councilman Harry Cohen City of Tampa
Hillsborough MPO Rep. Councilwoman Lisa Montelione City of Tampa
Hillsborough MPO Rep. Commissioner Sandra Murman Hillsborough County
Alternate Rep. Commissioner Kevin Beckner Hillsborough County
Alternate Rep. Mr. Paul Anderson Port Tampa Bay
Citizens Advisory Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Ms. Laura Lawson At-Large: Women
Vice Chair Mr. David Wilson Commissioner Hagan
VACANT Commissioner Murman
Mr. Bill Roberts Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Mr. Jerry DiFabrizio Councilman Maniscalco
Mr. Wayne Traina Temple Terrace City Council
Rotates Melling, Kelly or Roberts Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Bd.
Mr. Dennis LeVine Councilman Cohen
VACANT Port Authority
Mr. Adam Fritz Councilwoman Montelione
Mr. Walter Niles Commissioner Miller
Mr. Vance E. Arnett Commissioner Beckner
Ms. Gloria Mills HART
Mr. William "Jib" Reagan, Jr. Tampa-Hills. Expressway Authority
Mr. David Buyens Plant City Commission
Mr. Ray Alzamora Commissioner White
Ms. Tracy Wisneski At-Large: Hispanic
VACANT At-Large: African American
Mr. Kevin O'Hare At-Large: Age <30
VACANT At-Large: Neighborhoods
VACANT At-Large: Business
Mr. Rick Richmond Planning Commission
VACANT School Board
Technical Advisory Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Mr. Charles E. White Hillsborough County
Vice Chair Mr. Steve Griffin Planning Commission
Member at Large Mr. Layne Cady City of Temple Terrace
Ms. Melanie Calloway City of Tampa
Mr. Michael Case Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority
Ms. Amber Wheeler Hillsborough County School District
Mr. Michael English Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc.
Mr. Robert Frey Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Ms. Donna Wysong Tampa Port Authority
Mr. Jeff Marple Florida Trucking Association
Ms. Danny Valentine Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Mr. Reginald Sanford Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Agency
Ms. Jeanie Satchel HART
Mr. Phillip Searce City of Plant City
Mr. Calvin Thornton City of Tampa
Mr. Mike Williams Hillsborough County
Mr. Avera Wynn Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Ms. Melissa Zornitta Planning Commission
VACANT Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Mr. Jim Shirk Citizens At-Large
Vice Chair Mr. Patrick Thorpe Citizens At-Large
Ms. Tina Russo Hillsborough County Parks Department
Mr. Rafael Hernandez Citizens At-Large
Mr. Richard Johnson Citizens At-Large
Ms. JoAnna Swindell Citizens At-Large
Mr. Scott MacLean Citizens At-Large
Ms. Karla Price City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Dept.
Mr. John Marsh City of Tampa Public Works/Transportation
Mr. Alain Watson EPC
Ms. Linda Crescentini HART
Mr. Chris Bridges Hillsborough County Public Works Dept.
Mr. Jay Collins Planning Commission
Mr. Calvin Thornton City of Tampa Transportation
Crpl Steven Cherpock Hillsborough County Sheriff
VACANT Plant City
Ms. Lorraine Lyn Temple Terrace
Mr. Tony Monk Citizens At-Large
Ms. Faye Miller Citizens At-Large
Mr. David Payor Citizens At-Large
Ms Rhonda Coleman Citizens At-Large
Ms Maxine Logan Citizens At-Large
Livable Roadways Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Ms. Lisa Montelione MPO, City of Tampa Council Member
Vice Chair Ms. Nina Mabilleau City of Tampa Transportation Division
Officer at Large VACANT Neighborhoods
Mr. David Horwitz Citizen advocate for liv. comm. & mulitmodal
Mr. Mark Hudson City of Plant City
Ms. Lea DelTosto American Society of Landscape Architects*
Mr. Carlos Ramirez Institute of Transportation Engineers*
Mr. Chris Weber Westshore Alliance
VACANT Transit Users
Mr. Michael Williams Hillsborough County Public Works Department
Mr. Charles White Hillsborough County Development Services
Ms. Laurie Potier-Brown City of Tampa Parks and Recreation
Ms. Karen Kress Tampa Downtown Partnership
VACANT City of Tampa Urban Development Department
Mr. Pierre Valles City of Temple Terrace
Mr. Justin Begley Hillsborough Area Regional Transit
Mr. David Hey Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission
RECRUITING American Planning Association*
Mr. Jason Jackman University of South Florida
Mr. Raymond Mensah New North Transportation Alliance
Mr. Arizona Jenkins Americans with Disabilities
Ms. Catherine Coyle Urban Land Institute*
Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Representing/Appointed By
Chair Councilman Harry Cohen MPO Elected Official
Vice Chair Ms. Gloria Mills Citizen Advocate
Ms. Leslie Pokres Children at Risk
Ms. Tiffany Kohnen Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Artie Fryer Economically Disadvantaged
Ms. Becki Forsell Elderly
Ms. VACANT Florida Dept. of Transportation
Mr. James Callaway Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Ms. Kristina Melling Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs
Ms. Kelly Kelley Florida Dept. of Children & Families
Ms. Rachel Jacobs Florida Dept. of Education/Div. of Blind Services
Ms. Nancy Castellano Local for-profit Transportation
Dr. Leslene Gordon Local Medical Providers
Ms. Shelley Barthel Local Public Education
Mr. Stacey White Local Transit System Board Chair
Dr. Fred Barja Jr. Local Veterans
Ms. Jody Toner Regional Workforce Development Board
Ms. Nancy Pacifico Users Of TD System/Citizen Advocate
Intelligent Transportation Committee Representing/Appointed By
Chair Mr. Vik Bhide City of Tampa
Vice Chair Mr. Michael B. Flick Hillsborough County
Member at Large Mr. Pierre Valles City of Temple Terrace
Mr. Donald Rainard City of Plant City
Mr. Joe Ferreira THEA
Mr. Justin Begley HART
Mr. Jeff Sims EPC

 

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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a transportation policy-making board comprised of representatives from local governments and transportation agencies. According to federal and state laws, the Hillsborough County MPO is responsible for establishing a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process for Hillsborough County.

Key responsibilities include the creation of:

As well as reviewing and commenting on plans such as:

Intermodal Transportation Plan of the Port of Tampa

 

Areas that have a population of 50,000 or more are required by federal law to designate a single agency, a metropolitan planning organization, to administer federal transportation funds and set priorities for spending those funds. The State of Florida also establishes mandates for metropolitan transportation planning. To a large extent these are consistent with federal mandates, but in some cases are more stringent. History The history of the Hillsborough County MPO goes back more than 40 years. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962 required that urbanized areas establish a transportation planning process as a condition for receiving federal highway construction funds. In 1964, the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the State Road Department (today the Florida Department of Transportation), Hillsborough County, and the Cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace. The agreement established the Tampa Urban Area Transportation Study along with three standing committees: policy, technical, and citizens.

History of the MPO

The Tampa Urban Area MPO was officially designated in 1974 in response to requirements of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973. Voting members included Hillsborough County Commissioners, Tampa City Council members, the mayors of all three cities, and a representative of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority.

The MPO initiated bicycle planning and a ridesharing program in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, air quality rules became more stringent, and the Tampa Bay airshed was designated a non-attainment area under federal clean air standards. This designation was reversed in 2005 as our air quality was found to have met standards. Following the 1990 Census, Tampa was designated part of a consolidated metropolitan area that included Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Recognizing the need for regional coordination, the Hillsborough MPO joined with Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties and the Florida Department of Transportation to create a single model for forecasting traffic. A regional decision-making body, the West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC), was formed by these agencies and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council in 1993. In 2001, the CCC adopted the first regional MPO's conflict resolution process in Florida. The MPO added the Tampa Port Authority and Hillsborough County Aviation Authority as voting members in 2000.

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The Hillsborough County MPO maintains agreements with each of its member governments and agencies through an Interlocal Agreement. These include the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, as well as Hillsborough County, the Tampa Port Authority, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority and HART. In addition, the MPO has a staff services agreement with the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. The MPO will continue to maintain this and the following agreements with the agencies involved with transportation planning in Hillsborough County.

MPO Agreements

2013 Apportionment with Appendices & Agency Resolutions

Interlocal Agreement for Creation of MPO

Public Transportation Coordination Joint Participation Agreement for Intergovernmental Coordination & Review

Interlocal Agreement for Regional Transportation & Coordination in West Central Florida

MPO Staff Services Agreement with the Planning Commission

 

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