The Hillsborough 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 every four years.
For more information on who the MPO is and what it does, see the Joy of Looking Ahead to 2035 – Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Planning, or view FDOT’s Citizens Transportation Academy video on metropolitan planning with Hillsborough MPO Director Beth Alden.
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:
Chair Commissioner Harry Cohen
Vice Chair Commissioner Pat Kemp
Councilman Joseph Citro
City of Tampa
|Commissioner Gwen Myers
Commissioner Mariella Smith
|Commissioner Kimberly Overman
|Councilman Guido Maniscalco
City of Tampa
|Councilman John Dingfelder
City of Tampa
Vice Mayor Andy Ross
|Mayor Rick A. Lott
City of Plant City
HART Board of Directors
|CEO Joe Lopano
Tampa Aviation Authority
|Port Director Paul Anderson
Tampa Port Authority
Executive Director Joseph Waggoner
|Commissioner Derek Doughty
Hillsborough County School Board
The MPO Policy Committee meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
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.
The CAC consists of citizen volunteers appointed by each of the MPO Board members, plus one citizen representing the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board and at-large seats designated for individuals of Hispanic and African American descent, a person under age 30, a woman, and representatives of neighborhoods and the business community. 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 to apply for membership.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Please note that members change frequently. Please check with the MPO Administrative Assistant Cheryl Wilkening at 813/272-5940 to verify current MPO or committee members.|
|Metropolitan Planning Organization Board||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Commissioner||Pat||Kemp||Hillsborough County|
|Councilman||Guido||Maniscalco||Tampa City Council|
|Mayor||Andrew||Ross||City of Temple Terrace|
|Ms.||Melanie||Williams||HART Board of Directors|
|Councilman||Joseph||Citro||Tampa City Council|
|Councilman||John||Dingfelder||City of Tampa Mayor|
|Mayor||Rick A.||Lott||Plant City|
|CEO||Joseph||Waggoner||Tampa – Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|CEO||Paul||Anderson||Port Tampa Bay|
|Ms.||Jessica||Vaughn||Hillsborough County School Board|
|Policy Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Councilman||Guido||Maniscalco||City of Tampa|
|Mr.||Joseph||Waggoner||Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Alternate||Mr.||Paul||Anderson||Port Tampa Bay|
|Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group||Representing/Appointed By|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Councilman||Luis||Viera||City of Tampa|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Commissioner||Pat||Kemp||Hillsborough County|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Commissioner||Kimberly||Overman||Hillsborough County|
|Alternate Rep.||Mr.||Joe||Lopano||Aviation Authority|
|Alternate Rep.||Mr.||Paul||Anderson||Port Tampa Bay|
|Citizens Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mr.||Bill||Roberts||Hillsborough County Aviation Authority|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Rick||Fernandez||Commissioner Miller|
|Member at Large||Ms.||Nicole||Rice||Councilman Maniscalco|
|Ms.||Letecia||Walker||Temple Terrace City Council|
|Mr.||Artie||Fryer||Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Bd.|
|Mr.||Don||Skelton, Jr.||Port Tampa Bay|
|Mr.||David J.||Bailey III||Commissioner Overman|
|Hoyt L.||Prindle, III||Commissioner Kemp|
|Mr.||Jeff||Lucas||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Mr.||Steven||Hollenkamp||Plant City Commission|
|non VACANT||At-Large: Hispanic|
|Mr.||Terrance||Trott||At-Large: African American|
|non VACANT||At-large Business|
|Ms.||Barbara||Kennedy Gibson||School Board member Stuart|
|Technical Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mr.||Jeff||Sims||Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Mike||Williams||Hillsborough County|
|VACANT||City of Temple Terrace|
|Mr.||Jonathan||Scott||City of Tampa|
|Mr.||Brian||Pessaro||Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority|
|Member at Large||Ms.||Amber||Dickerson||Hillsborough County School District|
|Mr.||Michael||English||Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc.|
|Mr.||Robert||Frey||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|VACANT||Port Tampa Bay|
|VACANT||Florida Trucking Association|
|Ms.||Gina||Evans||Hillsborough County Aviation Authority|
|Ms.||Julie||Ham||City of Plant City|
|Mr.||Danni||Jorgenson||City of Tampa|
|VACANT||Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council|
|VACANT||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Ms.||Nicole||Sutton||Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough|
|Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Jim||Shirk||Citizens At-Large|
|Mr.||(Moises) Rafael||Hernandez||Citizens At-Large|
|Mr.||Tim||Horst||Citizens at Large|
|Mr.||John||Marsh||City of Tampa Public Works/Transportation|
|Ms.||Allison||Nguyen||Department of Health|
|Mr.||Peter||Davitt||City of Temple Terrace|
|Ms.||Karla||Price||City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Dept.|
|Ms.||Richard||Ranck||Hillsborough County Public Works Dept.|
|Mr.||Marcello||Tavernari||Hillsborough County Public Works Dept.|
|Ms.||Alana||Brasier||City of Tampa Transportation|
|Cpl.||Carisa||Evans||Hillsborough County Sheriff|
|Livable Roadways Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mr.||Joseph||Citro||City of Tampa Councilmember|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||David||Hey||Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission|
|Mr.||Calvin||Hardie||City of Tampa Transportation Division|
|Ms.||Emily||Hinsdale||Advocate for Livable Communites|
|Ms.||Julie||Ham||City of Plant City|
|Mr.||Larry||Josephson||Hillsborough County Public Works Department|
|Mr.||Matthew||Lewis||Hillsborough County Development Services|
|Mr.||Karen||Cashon||City of Tampa Parks and Recreation|
|Ms.||Karen||Kress||Tampa Downtown Partnership|
|Ms.||Sandra||Piccirilli||City of Temple Terrace|
|Mr.||Justin||Willits||Hillsborough Area Regional Transit|
|Mr.||Bob||Quiones||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Mr.||Jason||Jackman||University of South Florida|
|Mr.||Raymond||Mensah||New North Transportation Alliance|
|Mr.||Arizona||Jenkins||Americans with Disabilities|
|Member at Large||Ms.||Catherine||Coyle||Urban Land Institute* (4)|
|Ms.||Melissa||Collazzo||American Institute of Architects* (5)|
|Ms.||Christine||Crespo Valentin||American Society of Landscape Architects* (3)|
|Mr.||Carlos||Ramirez||Institute of Transportation Engineers* (1)|
|Mr.||Roger||Menendez||American Planning Association*(2)|
|Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Ms.||Gloria||Mills||Citizen Advocate/User of the System|
|Mr.||Glenn||Brown||Children at Risk|
|Ms.||Debra||Noel||Agency for Person w/Disabilitieis|
|Mr.||David||Newell||Florida Dept. of Transportation|
|Ms.||Emily||Hughart||Florida Agency for Health Care Administration|
|Ms.||Kristina||Melling||Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs|
|Ms||Beth||Pasek||Florida Dept. of Children & Families|
|Mr.||Mark||Harshbarger||Florida Dept. of Education/Div. of Blind Services|
|Ms.||Nancy||Castellano||Local for-profit Transportation|
|Dr.||Leslene||Gordon||Local Medical Providers|
|VACANT||VACANT||VACANT||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Councilman||Luis||Viera||Local Transit System Board Chair HART|
|Member at Large||Mr.||John||Pelkey||Local Veterans|
|Ms.||Jody||Toner||Regional Workforce Development Board|
|Ms.||Nancy||Pacifico||Person with a Disability|
|Intelligent Transportation Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mr.||Brandon||Campbell||City of Tampa|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Brian||Gentry||Hillsborough County|
|Mr.||Troy||Tinch||City of Temple Terrace|
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:
the 5 year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
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.
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.