MPO News Archive

News and announcements from The Metropolitan Planning Organization as well as planning news from around the region.
  • Featured MPO logo Hillsborough Rides December 2016 – Become a transportation advisor! - Positions are currently open on our Citizens Advisory Committee  (meets the 2nd Wednesday monthly @ 9a) representing the Port Authority, African-American Community, Business Community, and Neighborhoods. The Livable Roadways Committee (meets the 3rd Wednesday monthly @ 9a) has openings representing Neighborhoods and Transit Users.
  • Bus Stop Northwest County’s bus service study - With the MPO’s support for a consulting team, HART is taking another look at how to best serve the communities of Citrus Park, Northdale, Carrollwood Village, Westchase, and Town & Country. It’s a challenging proposition since homes often are not in walking distance of bus stops or destinations like stores, parks, and schools. And it...
  • Featured Meeting National peer exchange features Hillsborough’s work - Where do you get good information about the long-term implications of short-term decisions? This was a hot topic at the Federal Highway Administration‘s Scenario Planning Peer Exchange recent workshop in Norfolk, Virginia. Hillsborough MPO Executive Director Beth Alden was one of two guest speakers. Hillsborough’s story: Imagine alternative scenarios, crunch the numbers, think out of...
  • featured_ride_sharing_smartphone HART & Transdev launch HART HyperLINK! - Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), HART HyperLINK was launched on November 14th. This first-in-the-nation transit-operated rideshare service gets you to and from your destination within a defined three mile radius from a designated HART Bus Stop. Features: Connection to HART system: ✓ Rideshare technology: ✓ ADA-accessible: ✓ Give #HARTHyperLINK a try. Your...
  • featured_ferry New way to Cross the Bay - The Cross Bay Ferry has begun running regular trips between downtown Tampa and Saint Petersburg. The 98-foot long ferry can carry a total of 149 people. With both interior and exterior seating you can load up your bicycles, strollers, even luggage, for the approximately 50-minute ride across the bay. Whether commuting to work or recreating...
  • In-Towner HART Trolley New route for HART’s In-Towner - The In-Towner Trolley has a much more inclusive route to serve the downtown! As of October 31st, weekdays now include the Channel District and Harbour Island. Saturdays are positioned as an event parking shuttle. Check out the maps to find your closest stop. Operated by HART and funded by the City of Tampa. The In-Towner...
  • featured_Tampa_logo FREE Downtowner rides daily! - The Tampa Downtown Partnership has launched the Downtowner! This FREE service is on-demand and point-to-point. Rides are requested through an app, or hailed on the street. In its first month, the Downtowner served nearly 13,000 riders, and its drivers have covered over 7,840 miles. In total, 12 six-passenger street-legal electric low speed vehicles (traveling on...
  • Tampa_Bay_Lightning_Logo_2011.svg Uber partners with Lightning with new Uber lanes - The Tampa Bay Lightning have taking a step to aid fans coming and going from Amalie Arena. Uber lanes are now available outside the arena. The team has announced two exclusive Uber drop-off and pick-up lanes along Channelside Drive between Florida Avenue and Morgan Street. This is especially important to transportation disadvantaged who rely on...
  • Honda Electric Vehicle HART to receive up to $1 Million for driverless circulator service - HART has teamed up with the FDOT to make getting around Downtown Tampa easier and safer. Up to $1 million will be available to fund an Autonomous Vehicle Circulator Service between Marion Transit Center to Downtown Tampa along the low speed, controlled access, Marion Street Transitway. This project would be one of the first of...
  • featured_USF_logo Critical Infrastructure Symposium Rescheduled - In an ironic turn of events, the originally-scheduled symposium was postponed due to inclement weather. The new date has been set for Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from . The symposium will focus on sharing information on the impacts of sea level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge impacts, facilitating discussions regarding preparedness and resiliency. The...
  • featured_bean_sprout Fresh food on-the-go is back! - The Farmer’s market at netp@ark is open for business, and this time for an extra hour to make purchasing healthy, fresh, and local produce easier. Transit riders and the public can buy all the ingredients needed to make a healthy dinner as they make their way home from work or school. The link between transportation...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART service changes - HARTline Service changes will go into effect on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Highlights include the Route 96 Weekday In-Towner current routing will become permanent from detour implemented back on October 31 and Route 97 Saturday In-Towner will be operating every 30 minutes from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Some changes will also make schedules more...
  • featured_vote_ballot Voters support transit - Voters supported public transportation as 69% of transit measures passed on November 8th. “Americans from every background agree that more public transportation is great for their community. And with a passage rate of 69 percent, they show they are more than willing to pay for it,” said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Chair Doran J....
  • Featured Transportation Transportation’s future could fly high! - A recent article in The Telegraph by James Titcomb explains how our commutes may be high flying fun in the future. If you summon an Uber in 10 years’ time, you will probably get a car that drives itself. But then again, you may not be traveling in a car at all. The taxi-hailing app...
  • Mayor Buckhorn on Coast Bicycle Great news and save-the-dates! - Jackson Street Redesign FDOT will hold a public workshop on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Hillsborough County Public Schools Raymond O. Shelton Administrative Center, 901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602. The concept will create a new east-west bikeway through the heart of downtown Tampa. It is to be...
  • Featured Stormwater Management Stormwater improvements will fast-track Green Spine Phase 2 segment - Extending Downtown Tampa’s protected bikeway, the Green Spine cycle-track, into West Tampa will be happening a lot sooner than expected! A new stormwater improvement assessment fee approved by Tampa City Council in September allows the city to proceed with its Cypress Street Outfall Extension project. To avoid ripping up the road twice, the City has...
  • featured-planninganddesignawards Speaking of Green Spine… Award of Excellence for the Cass and Tyler Streets Conversion! - On October 20, the Planning Commission held its 34th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas. An Award of Excellence for the Cass and Tyler Streets One-way to Two-way Conversion with a Two-way Cycle Track and Share-the-Road bicycle facilities was given to the City of Tampa Department of Transportation and...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT to extend Selmon Greenway - This month, FDOT begins construction of a multi-use trail in Ybor City, along the north side of Adamo Drive (SR 60) from east of 19th Street to the existing Selmon Greenway. The trail is part of an intersection improvement project that also includes replacement of traffic signals, repaving, and new pedestrian signals. Construction will take...
  • featured-TID-Mobility-Solutions Safety concerns bringing much needed changes to University Area neighborhood - After several alarming fatal crashes in the University Area, the MPO and partner agencies focused on making improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. A significant improvement was the redesign of Fletcher Avenue to include several new pedestrian crossings. Now, the University Area District Community Development Corporation is working to get grant money and enlist...
  • featured_bean_sprout Hillsborough MPO is honored to take ‘Garden Steps’ into the HealthyCommunity50 - To help improve public health through our communities, the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties announced on September 15 the first-round winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The HealthyCommunity50, the 50 cities and counties selected, each receive a $10,000 community seed grant to implement a program...
  • featured_Guides_Principles New MPO bicycle suitability map! - The MPO has created an interactive bicycle suitability map. With the help of summer intern Tim Horst, a University of Florida engineering student, the MPO reviewed our roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian conditions for major roadways within Hillsborough County. Once the data was collected, Tim was able to practice his Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping skills...
  • featured_CoastBikeShare Multi-modal connections for Tampa & St Pete… Coast to Coast and by the Cross Bay Ferry! - Congratulations to Coast Bike Share on expanding service into our beautiful sister-city of St. Petersburg! St. Pete’s Coast soft launch opened with 100 demo bicycles and 10 hubs along the waterfront and Central Avenue corridor on November 1st. On that same day, the Cross Bay Ferry took its’ maiden voyage. A collaboration between the two...
  • Children riding New Tampa bike trail Let’s hook up soon! - Congratulations on the grand opening o the new US 301 Multi-use Trail connecting Dade City and Zephyrhills! The 4.5 mile, 10-foot wide trail extends from Kossik Road north to Dade City Avenue and was built within the existing road right-of-way on the west side of U.S. 301. The multi-use trail was a collaborative effort among...
  • featured_VisionZero_logo Kids gobble up nearly 4,000 #VisionZero safety bands at first Riverwalk Trick or Treat event! -
  • featured_bicycle Amanda Coker’s inspiring world record - Five years ago Amanda Coker, a competitive collegiate cyclist, suffered serious brain and spinal injuries when she was hit by a car while bicycling. This past September, on the paved trail at Hillsborough County’s Flatwoods Park, Coker broke the Ultra Marathon’s Cycling Association‘s women’s record for highest annual mileage on a bicycle. Her 29,604 miles...
  • autonomous_vehicle The bicyclists’ manifesto for an autonomous vehicle future - How to protect bicyclists once the cars start driving themselves. The advance of autonomous vehicle technology is raising questions about how driverless vehicles are going to interact with the surrounding environment. For example, how will the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians be addressed? Policy goals won’t be enough to protect bicyclists once the cars start...
  • featured_VisionZero_logo A #VisionZero approach to speed limits - For decades, many states have only analyzed automobile traffic patterns when setting speed limits. Now, the City of Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Transportation is looking at more than just cars. The bureau is pioneering a new system where it considers the entire road – including how much foot traffic there is, and how closely bikes...
  • Cyclists on Bike Lane Bike sonar improves safety - We know newer vehicles have warning systems to detect when our cars are about to bump something, or use back-up cameras to detect things we normally wouldn’t see. But what if our bikes had similar technologies to help keep them safe when sharing the road with vehicles? Bike Sonar is a new device which can...
  • featured_American_PubHealthAssoc Hillsborough MPO honored to take ‘Garden Steps’ into the Healthy Community 50! - Join the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge twitter chat on October 6! The MPO is thrilled to announce its selection for a HealthyCommunities50 seed grant. Together with our partners – the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough, HART, the Planning Commission, and the Coalition of Community Gardens – we will focus on neighborhood access to fresh produce. “The...
  • featured_40th_st_signwithstop 40th St road diet provides solutions for all - A roadway design concept envisioned by the MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is on its way to becoming a reality. Several years ago, BPAC members asked whether there could be a separated bikeway along 40th Street in East Tampa. The questions was investigated by the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which noted that traffic...
  • Intermodal_frieghtYard_sm Identifying critical freight corridors - The designation of Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFC) to be included in the National Highway Freight Network was a key topic at a recent statewide meeting between FDOT and the MPOs. CUFCs are public roads in urbanized areas which provide access and connection to the primary highway freight system for ports, public transportation, or other...
  • featured_newvision_icon_graphic Transportation Management Area Leadership Group sets Top 5 - The Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group, with members of the MPO Boards of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties, agreed on their top 5 transportation projects for the year. This advisory group was formed to draw attention to the cross-border transportation needs of the tri-county area. At the TMA September 2nd meeting at...
  • convertible, commute, drive, fast SIS plans for Florida’s intermodal future - The Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) is Florida’s high priority network of transportation facilities important to the state’s economy and mobility. The Governor and Legislature established the SIS in 2003 to focus the state’s limited transportation resources on the facilities most significant for inter-regional, interstate, and international travel. The SIS is the state’s highest priority for...
  • featured_road_construction Adamo Drive improvements - Approximately a mile of Adamo Drive is set to be improved with smoother pavement and designated locations for people to walk and bicycle. The existing roadway is a 7-Lane divided urban principal arterial with an open drainage system. This project consists of milling and resurfacing the pavement and enhancing multi-modal connectivity through the addition of...
  • featured_ibtta_logo Joe Waggoner named to IBTTA Board - MPO Board Member and Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority CEO Joe Waggoner was elected by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) membership to serve on its Board of Directors. Waggoner said: “I am thrilled and honored that my fellow members of IBTTA have entrusted me with this leadership position. My involvement as a member of...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 New 511 traveler information system - FDOT’s new 511 Traveler Information System has enhanced features, a new look and the same real-time traffic and travel information many Floridians rely on. The new Florida 511 system includes a new website, mobile app and phone system – all with easier access to the information you need. We are the state’s official source for...
  • featured_florida_polytechnic_logo Autonomous transportation news - The MPO has been sharing news on autonomous vehicles, from driver-less taxis and crew-less cargo ships, to solar powered trams and drones of all kinds. Advances are coming to the freight trucking industry as well. Meanwhile, US DOT in September released long-awaited guidance on self-driving cars, including a model policy for the states to regulate...
  • featured_ride_sharing_smartphone USDOT giving data to cities for app development - The rate of change in transportation on every level is challenging for planners and engineers alike. The American Planning Association Florida (APA-FL) recently discussed in a membership newsletter about how the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is sharing data with cities to develop apps that help with future planning projects and transportation needs may offer...
  • featured_traffic_signal The science of traffic jams - Have you ever wondered why, when traveling on interstates and highways, there seems to be sudden slowdowns and stops for no apparent reason? There is a science behind our driving habits that affects these back ups. Watch this short video and be part of the solution.
  • featured_American_PubHealthAssoc Hillsborough MPO is honored to take ‘Garden Steps’ into the HealthyCommunity50! - 10K ‘seed money’ will increase access to healthy foods in area food deserts To help improve public health through our communities, the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties announced on September 15 the first-round winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The HealthyCommunity50, the 50 cities and...
  • featured_USDOT_logo Imagine2040 recognized for vision & performance - FHWA released a new Performance-Based Planning and Programming through Scenario Planning Guidebook… and the Imagine 2040 was one of three case studies highlighting best practices from around the country. Imagine2040 was recognized for a land-use vision linked to transportation; offering a number of investment packages; and asking the public to weigh in “using performance metrics...
  • Featured Transportation Disadvantaged1 HARTPlus & Yellow Cab team up for the win - One of the MPO’s many commitments is to support and assist the transportation disadvantaged to both find and create opportunities to improve their quality of life by providing transportation solutions and alternatives. Working with the MPO’s Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB), eighteen volunteers and social service agency representatives, chaired by Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen,...
  • featured_HARTline_logo The State of Transit - The community was buzzing after an exciting delivery of the State of Transit from HART CEO Katharine Eagan on August 16th. Topics included smartphone apps, on-demand services, autonomous vehicles, modern streetcar, and other emerging tech. Read the Mass Transit Magazine’s article for a great overview of the event.
  • featured_onebusaway_logo New OneBusAway App… not just when, but how. - In the new age of digital everything, apps are being created to help make decisions on where to eat, drive, shop, even to help us meet a future spouse. Using technology isn’t for everyone, but when HART launched their OneBusAway app in 2013, it was a huge hit. The app allows transit users to have...
  • featured_TampaPortAuth_2014 Port Tampa Bay is big ship ready - On July 22nd Port Tampa Bay officially commissioned its two new, post-Panamax gantry cranes, amid an enthusiastic crowd of dignitaries and port customers. Florida Governor Rick Scott delivered remarks highlighting the significance of this enhanced capacity for Port Tampa Bay to serve Florida’s expanding international trade, as well as the importance of the state’s seaports...
  • featured_ride_sharing_smartphone Moving forward on ride-sharing or left behind? - There has been a long, ongoing conversation about ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft in communities around the world. Since their arrival on the scene nationally, these new innovative start ups that match local drivers with passengers in need of a transportation have been met with both glee from frequent users, to challenges from existing traditional...
  • featured_handicap_access October 1 – A day of inclusion at the Family Abilities Information Rally - The F.A.I.R. continues to lead as one of the largest disability education and awareness events in Tampa Bay! Last year, more than 1200 people of all abilities participated. More than 200 vendors from all over the state were featured, even a few from out of state. In keeping with F.A.I.R. growth, even more activities, entertainment...
  • featured_TECO_streetcar Take the streetcar, enjoy a concert on board! -
  • featured_ship It’s not your father’s cargo ship - The 21st Century is bringing bold and exciting ideas and new technologies that are propelling us into the future. New technologies and apps are changing our lives in ways we used to think of as science fiction. Topics like the use of drones are almost commonplace, even discussions on autonomous vehicles can be heard over...
  • featured_logo_ford Ford’s road to full autonomy - When we think of the Ford, it immediately conjures an all-American legacy in the auto industry. The Ford Motor Company (commonly referred to simply as Ford) is still a multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903, one would think Mr. Ford would...
  • featured_solar_panel Bright idea: Solar powered transportation - Solar power does more than provide electricity to our homes. Around Florida we have learned to take advantage of the sunshine to power street lighting, parking meter stations, charge electric vehicles, heat swimming pools, so why not give solar powered vehicles a try? In Hungary, they are experimenting with a solar powered rail car. Take...
  • featured_logo_ferry_commuterservice Water as a Highway: Back to the Future - The following article, with permission, is reprinted from Akerman blogs by Ed Turanchick. Since publication, four local governments have approved the plan and funding for the pilot ferry project. Ferries will start taking passengers across Tampa Bay starting November 1. Florida’s economic prosperity is integrally and intimately tied to water and water resources. Nearly two-thirds...
  • featured-QOL Better together – Hillsborough and its cities link trail planning - The MPO worked closely with the Tampa Greenways & Trails Committee, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and surrounding counties to prepare the new Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan inclusive of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough. All of the amazing individual projects and trail and bikeway connections have been brought together and identified...
  • featured-bicycle-safety On the lighter side - Most of us share a common childhood memory, riding our bikes, it was a right of passage. First learning to ride, maybe at an event similar to the MPO’s annual Bike Safety Rodeo, again when you were finally allowed to leave your block. A recent piece on National Public Radio looks at an interesting trend,...
  • East Hillsborough Ave Concept Build it and they will ride! - A new study by researchers at McGill University seems to back the common sense notion that building more and better bicycle infrastructure will encourage more people to commute by bike. Trends indicate cyclists prefer bike-ways that are not shared with motorists. To learn more read here.
  • featured_PhoneTexting_driving_ban Free phone App helps improve safety - A free phone app that tracks cyclists’ and runners’ patterns has been helping the Florida Department of Transportation to identify and improve facilities where non-motorists prefer to travel throughout the county. Coincidentally, two citizen activists and MPO School Transportation Working Group members, Jason Jackman and Matt Weaver are featured in a news story on this...
  • Children riding New Tampa bike trail Separate or integrate? - The debate between integrating cycling in the roadway or dedicated separated bike facilities continues. As we celebrate major achievements in new and better treatments for on road bike lanes, the argument for more bikeways separated form vehicular traffic is making big waves around the world, nationally, and locally. A recent Op-Ed in the Los Angeles...
  • featured_Bicycler_traffic_sign Getting “TUFF” on Safety - As part of the MPO’s quest to find new and innovative approaches to increasing the safety of our bicyclists and pedestrians, we continue to look at new technologies and methods being used throughout the nation and the world to improve conditions and create a safer environment for everyone. For example New York City is experimenting...
  • featured-kennedyblvdcorridorstudy Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Summer Summit - On July 21, 2016, a group of citizens, advocates, transportation professionals and members of allied organizations met at the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center in St. Petersburg for the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Summer Summit. Participants took part in an interactive session to reexamine the regional priorities identified at the inaugural summit...
  • featured_bike_lane Coast to Coast Connector dream within reach! - Attention all cyclists! A dream trail is coming closer to reality. Deemed one of the longest bike trails in the country, the Coast to Coast Connector will skirt the northwest corner of Hillsborough County and connect to a system of on and off road trails unlike anything we’ve seen or ridden before. Along its way...
  • featured_Pedestrian_traffic MPO Policy Committee puts focus on Vision Zero - Traffic deaths in Hillsborough County have averaged 167 per year over the last five years — about 33 deaths per year more than other counties with comparable population. On June 28, the MPO Policy Committee began to tackle this issue with the first of four workshops to develop a Vision Zero plan. This roundtable discussion...
  • featured_Tampa_logo Making in-roads toward Invision - The MPO has wrapped up a study looking at options for reconfiguring the one-way pair of Florida Avenue and Tampa Street (which becomes Highland Avenue north of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd). The idea to transform the roadways came from citizens in the midst of rehabilitating homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. They recognized that...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign Tampa Walk-Bike Plan Phase V - Focus on a Central Trail Loop The first four City of Tampa Walk-Bike Plans focused on identifying gaps and constructing sidewalks and bikeways in different areas of the city. Even small gaps can pose significant challenges to safely completing a walking or cycling trip. These plans are adding to a growing network of facilities and...
  • Beth Alden Rubber Meets the Road – July 2016 : On the road to safe streets - Twenty years ago, planners floated the idea of a greenway trail connecting Tampa’s central neighborhoods with parks along the Hillsborough River. The proposal was shelved as a result of neighborhood opposition. The concern I remember hearing was a fear of outsiders cutting through residential areas, on two wheels. Today, the story could not be more...
  • 60c81aa6-f48a-4724-8ad3-af578e31bb48 Hillsborough Rides – June 2016 : Broward MPO Director shares express lane experience - On June 3, board members of the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco MPOs met as the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group with special guest speaker Greg Stuart, Executive Director of the Broward MPO in Fort Lauderdale. Stuart described the evolution of express toll lanes in Southeast Florida – which also has three large...
  • Children riding New Tampa bike trail Executive Director message - Twenty years ago, planners floated the idea of a greenway trail connecting Tampa’s central neighborhoods with parks along the Hillsborough River. The proposal was shelved as a result of neighborhood opposition. The concern I remember hearing was a fear of outsiders cutting through residential areas, on two wheels. Today, the story could not be more...
  • featured_VisionZero_logo On the road to safe streets - On June 28, MPO Policy Committee members Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, Commissioner Sandra Murman, Wallace Bowers, and Trent Green hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders on road safety. Traffic deaths in Hillsborough County averaged 167 per year over the last five years — about 33 deaths per year more than the average county. An overview...
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo Five-Year Improvement Program includes TBX, with caveats - On June 22nd, the MPO Board held what was probably one of the largest and most well attended public hearings in its history. Hundreds of involved and engaged citizens came to voice their concerns for and against projects in the Transportation Improvement Program, including Tampa Bay Express (TBX). The TBX project will expand portions of...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo One region. One priority list. - With the merger of the West Central Florida MPO Chairs’ Coordinating Committee (CCC) into the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), the process of setting priorities for regionally-significant projects is a little different this year. There are a handful of grant programs that focus on regionally significant projects: FDOT‘s Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP),...
  • featured Expressway Authority Reaching Out - The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority‘s (THEA) Selmon Extension is a 1.6-mile two lane tollway, located in the median of Gandy Boulevard. This enhancement will give local residents and regional travelers a choice of using Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or using the Selmon Extension for a direct connection (Eastbound) to the Selmon Expressway or Dale...
  • Chamber adopts US 301 beautification - Members of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce have come together to maintain the crepe myrtles that help define their downtown along US 301. Both residents and commuters through this stretch enjoy these street trees blooming in the medians between Progress Boulevard/ Bloomingdale Avenue and Gibsonton Drive/ Boyette Road. Why did they do that? The...
  • featured-visionzero Database update important link to Bike/Pedestrian Safety - With the Tampa Bay region recognized as one of the most deadly areas for pedestrians and cyclists, the Hillsborough MPO is taking steps to change that. One such project underway is updating the pedestrian and bicycle database. The database is an inventory of currently existing infrastructure that caters to pedestrians and cyclists. For instance, it...
  • featured_symbol_GreenSpace Florida Scenic Highways is celebrating 20 years! - Florida Scenic Highways is celebrating 20 Years of Real Places and Real Stories. Their social media sites are featuring opportunities to learn about our byways and featured events throughout 2016. For a jump start on byway touring ideas, see their Scenic Highway Tour Highlights! There is also an opportunity for photographers to enter the Florida...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars Millennials spurn driver’s licenses, study finds - The push for higher density developments in many American cities has generated new interest and calls for alternative modes of transportation. Transit, bicycling, and walking are seen as healthier, cleaner, and cheaper alternatives to driving. For many young adults, these are preferable options, which help avoid problems of traffic congestion, limited parking availability, and high...
  • featured_PhoneTexting_driving_ban Shared mobility transforming public transit - The traditional ways we commute are changing as technology changes. The American Public Transportation Association released a new study this spring: Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit. Results of the study indicate that ride-share services, like Uber and Lyft, actually complement bus and rail systems by making connections after hours or to outlying...
  • featured_handicap_access Report disabled parking abuse with new app - Working in combination, the MPO and Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board are always looking for ways to assist the community with challenges faced by commuters with disabilities. Well, you guessed it, there’s a new app for that. Welcome to Parking Mobility: the #1 app to report disabled parking abuse! Report disabled parking abuse to your city...
  • featured_BerkeleyPrep_Imagine2040 HART Summer Blast Pass is back! - The Summer Blast Pass is the perfect way for to get to summer jobs, the movies, the mall and all of your child’s favorite places. Students rejoice! It’s time to blast into summer with the HART Summer Blast Pass! For just $25, ages 5-18 receive almost 3 months of unlimited rides on HART services. That’s...
  • featured_hurricane Dealing with hurricane season’s not a breeze - In Hillsborough County, residents with special needs, the elderly, and those without transportation may require extra attention in order to stay safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Hillsborough County has programs in place to help these residents prepare and find safe shelter. Shelters. A special needs shelter is a temporary emergency facility capable of...
  • featured_MV1_HARTvan Social service providers voice their clients’ challenges - As part of the 2016 Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan development, an online survey was recently sent out to social service providers in Hillsborough County to assess the needs of their clients. Referred to as the transportation disadvantaged, their clients include the elderly, those with disabilities, and low-income individuals who may lack access to transportation. The...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars Transit coming to the Northwest - In March of this year, the MPO and HART kicked off a new study to evaluate transit service options in northwestern Hillsborough County. The Northwest Hillsborough Transit Study will identify the feasibility of transit options in the area that will make accessing all of the great restaurants, parks, and shopping in that part of the...
  • featured_USF_logo A new look at a USF circulator shuttle - What do USF students, Florida Hospital staffers, and Walgreens shoppers have in common? They’d prefer not to have to get in their cars when they have to cross Bruce B Downs Boulevard. In March 2016, the MPO in cooperation with Hillsborough County Economic Development Department, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and Tampa Innovation Alliance, met to...
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo School Transportation Working Group 1st meeting - On Wednesday, April 27, the MPO held its first School Transportation Committee Working Group meeting. The new group is the brainchild of School Board Member Cindy Stuart, who joined the Hillsborough MPO just last year in a newly created seat for the District. With almost 90,000 students taking school buses to and from school every...
  • featured_HOV_lane_sign Broward MPO Director shares express-lane experience - On June 3, board members of the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco MPOs met as the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group with special guest speaker Greg Stuart, Executive Director of the Broward MPO in Fort Lauderdale. Stuart described the evolution of express toll lanes in Southeast Florida – which also has three large...
  • TIP logo MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Hearing — June 22, 2016 - The Hillsborough MPO will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6pm at County Center, 2nd floor, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa. At this Public Hearing, the MPO Board will consider adoption of the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, a prioritized list of transportation projects in Hillsborough County for the next...
  • slider-public-engagement-01 Public Participation Plan & Measure of Effectiveness Report - Public participation is integral to good transportation policies, programs and projects. Without meaningful public involvement, there is a risk of making poor decisions or decisions that have unintended negative consequences. More than an agency requirement and more than a means of fulfilling a statutory obligation, meaningful public participation is central to good decision-making. The MPO is responsible for actively involving all affected parties in...
  • featured_USGBC_logo Planning Commission and MPO join USGBC - The Hillsborough MPO and Planning Commission are now proud members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED – the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day, the USGBC is helping advance spaces that...
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) & Proposed Amendments - Current TIP TIP Mapping Tool TIP Resources Archived TIPs What is the TIP? The Transportation Improvement Program or TIP is a five year plan that identifies, prioritizes and allocates funding for transportation projects. The TIP is the "short-range" component of the MPO's Long Range Transportation Plan. The TIP is updated annually with adoption by the MPO Board in...
  • Gil Penalso (left center) sharing ideas with Temple Terrace Councilman Grant Rimbey (left), Tampa Councilwoman and MPO Livable Roadways Chair Lisa Montelione, and Tampa Councilman and HART Chair Mike Suarez following his very inspiring presentation on April 20. Penalosa : Plan for people first - On April 20, our Livable Roadways Committee in partnership with USF’s Live Move Student Group, featured international guest speaker Gil Penalosa, Chair of 8-80 Cities, World Urban Parks, and former Commissioner of Parks for the City of Bogata. His focus is on creating vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone with the design of parks...
  • featured_traffic_crash_icon How D.C. cut traffic fatalities by over 73% in a decade - This is “How D.C. Cut Traffic Fatalities by over 73% in a Decade” by streetfilms, hosted by Gabe Klein, on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
  • featured_bicycle Counting bike riders - This Bikeometer in Rosslyn, Virginia, provides a highly visible, engaging and fun view of the volume of bike usage on the Custis Trail in Arlington. Ride past the Bikeometer and notice the daily bike count tick off another digit and acknowledge another car-free trip in Arlington County. The information displayed is real time and also...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign WalkWise Tampa Bay provides innovative safety presentations - WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to citizens. Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day. The WalkWise campaign provides a free interactive 30-minute presentation with time for discussion to anyone living or working in select Florida counties....
  • featured_TempleTerr_logo Temple Terrace Florida Bike Month celebration - The Annual Mayor’s bike ride was held on March 11, 2016, commemorating March as Florida Bike Month. The 3.9 mile ride through beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods of Temple Terrace was a huge success. Along with beautiful weather, friends, neighbors, and colleagues joined the Mayor and representatives of Walk/Bike Tampa Bay, FDOT, City of Temple Terrace and...
  • featured_Bike_Route_Sign Fowler Avenue gets better bike lanes - As one of the most dangerous places to bicycle in the United States, we have some good new for bicyclists in north Tampa near University of South Florida. Fowler Avenue may not seem like a first choice for biking but some recent changes may make it far less challenging. With a repaving project as a...
  • featured_riverwalk_logo Riverwalk extends, and more coming soon - Tampa’s now iconic River Walk is still expanding. The latest construction connects from Waterworks park, under I-275, and continuing behind the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, linking with the existing stretch along Curtis Hixon Park. There are exciting plans to renovate the exterior of the Straz Center that intend to take full advantage of...
  • Children riding New Tampa bike trail Bridging The GAPS ! - A major goal of the Hillsborough MPO is completing vital walking and bicycling connections both inside our borders between the unincorporated county and three cities, and beyond the county line to wind trails through several counties as part of the West Central Florida’s trails system. Multiple agencies have teamed together and identified critical missing links...
  • featured-florida-health Linking transportation and health - The link between transportation decisions and community health impacts is often overlooked. With this connection in mind, the Hillsborough MPO has joined with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County to highlight the value that safe, walkable streets can bring to the Town ‘N Country community. Town ‘N Country is an area in western...
  • featured_traffic_signal New traffic signal was the missing link -   On March 14, 2016, the City of Tampa declared a new signal fully functional on E Hillsborough Avenue at East Gate Plaza/ Meridian Point Apartments. The roadway is state-owned but maintained by the City of Tampa. The city has deploying portable electronic message boards on both approaches to alert motorists about the new traffic...
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo Student Walk Bike Safety winning videos - 1st place – Pedestrian Safety by Ethan Huggins and Zuriel Cousin Blake High School 2nd Place – PSA Bike Safety by Wesley Thomas, Robert Ewing, and Craig Jones Spoto High School Winners of our High School Student Walk Bike Safety video contest were announced at the February 16 Hillsborough County Public Schools Board Meeting and...
  • featured_TempleTerr_logo Cyclovia Temple Terrace is back! - Sunday, May 15, 9a – 2p On Sunday, May 15th, the City of Temple Terrace and FDOT will close 56th street between Busch Boulevard / Bullard Parkway and Whiteway Drive to vehicular traffic for their second annual Cyclovia! Cyclovia is a worldwide movement that closes the streets to cars for the day and converts them...
  • Featured Rivers1 Technical Advisory Council elects 2016 Officers - At their February regular meeting the River Board’s TAC elected incumbent Dr. Richard Brown, representing the citizens of Hillsborough County, to another term as Chair. Commissioner Derek Doughty, representing the Planning Commission on the TAC, was elected Vice Chair. Congratulations to our new officers!
  • featured_tbrpc_logo Get connected. Stay alert. - With hurricane season just around the corner, April is a great time to check your evacuation area and sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official mass notification system. The system is designed to inform you about emergencies and certain non-emergency events. Registration is free. Simply click the link here to get started: Get Connected....
  • featured_FloridaHealth_logo Transportation designed for health - We know transportation directly impacts our ability to access employment, shopping, medical needs, and entertainment. But did you know that it also greatly impacts our health? According to experts at the Department of Health, if given choices to travel by a combination of safe walking, cycling, and transit, there is a good chance we will...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 District 7 is keeping busy! - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently shared three studies with the MPO looking at the possibility of widening sections of state roads that have been on a waiting list for quite some time. FDOT District 7 has been interested in moving these forward, as a matter of fact, the US 92 PD&E Re-evaluation Study...
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo School collaboration convenes soon! - Expanding on our partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools since adding the School Board as a voting member of the MPO Board last year, the MPO’s new School Transportation Working Group (STWG) will hold its first meeting on April 27th. Our transportation network serves the 8th largest school district in the nation, with more...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs Adamo Drive widening this Fall - Construction will begin in the Fall of 2016 on a project that changes Adamo Drive east of US 301 to west of Falkenburg, from 4 lanes to 6 lanes. Drivers will also notice the existing ditches that currently capture storm water being filled and replaced with curbs, bicycle lanes, and storm drains. Not only does...
  • featured_traffic_signal Traffic relief at Dover intersection - The Florida Department of Transportation is widening a section of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (SR 574) to make room for two new left turn lanes onto Gallagher Road in Dover. A new traffic signal will also be added as part of the improvements to this intersection. This should be a relief to the...
  • featured_Tampa_Airport_logo TIA celebrates expansion milestones - There’s a lot on the menu at Tampa International Airport (TIA), and even more on the way! On February 15th, TIA celebrated historic expansion and concessions redevelopment as the Airport welcomed three new developments aboard: The Concessions Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC), Bay Coffee & Tea Company, and Auntie Anne’s. The Airport’s 20,000 square-foot CRDC...
  • featured-level-of-service Spotlight on neighborhood impacts - Tampa’s Downtown Interchange is a source of congestion, frustration, and sometimes crashes, but unclogging the bottlenecks will impact neighborhoods like Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Ybor, and the Downtown Arts District. On Tuesday, March 22, engineers and planners took a bus and walking tour to view the areas where the Tampa Bay Express project is proposed...
  • MPO_color Take the Human Services Transportation Needs survey! - This survey aims to identify the specific gaps in transportation service for the transportation disadvantaged populations within Hillsborough County. According to the Florida Statutes (F.S.), Chapter 427: “Transportation disadvantaged” means those persons who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age are unable to transport themselves or to purchase transportation and are, therefore,...
  • featured_Bicycler_traffic_sign High school student safety video contest winners - More than 30 student walk bike safety videos were submitted by high school students from across Hillsborough County. The video contest, the brainchild of a group of concerned officials who gathered at the MPO offices after another student had lost her life on the way to school in the fall of 2015, led by MPO...
  • featured-selmon-greenway-logo New signs point the way on the Selmon Greenway - The Selmon Greenway is fast becoming a jewel of Downtown Tampa and is expected to be an important transportation alternative for people living, working, and visiting downtown. It was designed and paved in 2014 with nearly $500,000 from the Expressway Authority and $1.9 million from a Tiger Grant the City of Tampa received for the...
  • featured_SWFWMD_logo Upper Tampa Bay Trail adds more miles - Hikers, joggers, cyclists, and skaters can now experience another 4.35 miles of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail (UTBT).  The popular southern section of the UTBT, from Memorial Highway to just a bit north of Ehrlich Road has been recognized as an incredible community asset. For years, trail users could also start at the northern section...
  • featured_Bicycle_Rodeo Rounded up another Gasparilla Children’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo - On Saturday, January 23rd, Team HCSO and the MPO’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee hosted the Children’s Gasparilla Bike Safety Rodeo where about 100 children were fitted with bicycle helmets and practiced the safety rules of the road. The BPAC thanks the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital for their support...
  • Featured Bicycle Pedestrian Bike-friendly businesses on the rise in Tampa - Bike Friendly Tampa is a certification program for businesses that demonstrate commitment to promoting and supporting cycling. The Tampa Downtown Partnership has won a grant to provide free consulting to a limited number of companies located in downtown Tampa who are interested in distinguishing themselves by becoming a nationally certified Bicycle Friendly Business. Phase I...
  • Featured MPO logo Congratulations to our new CAC officers - After several years at the helm, Ed Austin suggested that the honor to chair the MPO Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) should be given to others. Ed took the position very seriously and emphasized how important the CAC is in representing the public on recommendations to the MPO Board. New CAC Officer Laura Lawson will now...
  • featured_TempleTerr_logo Temple Terrace celebrates Florida Bike Month - Get ready to Ride with the Mayor on March 11, 2016! It’s not every day you get to ride with the Mayor of Temple Terrace on a leisurely group bicycle ride commemorating March as Florida Bike Month. Families are not only welcome, but encouraged to join in on the 3.9 mile ride through beautiful tree-lined...
  • featured_CoastBikeShare Coast bike share update - The concept of bike share has evolved since first introduced in 1960 when shared bikes were free, with no payment, and no protection. Now there’s Coast, the 4th generation bike share system. Using multiple technologies, it has made bike sharing easy, convenient and fun. With GPS, integrated locks, adjustable heights, no greasy chains, adjustable gears,...
  • featured_NewYork_logo A vision of zero deaths on roads - In the last three months, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County School Board and the County Commission passed resolutions endorsing Vision Zero. The Vision Zero movement began in Sweden, which was able to reduce traffic deaths by 34% over twelve years, and the idea has since been adopted by many U.S. cities. On January 26,...
  • featured-bicycle-crash-analysis Making safe connections… - Two important meetings for plan updates! Please join us for an OPEN HOUSE to view and comment on the Tampa & Hillsborough Greenways & Trails Master Plan Update at a meeting of the Tampa and Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Committees: Tuesday, February 16, 6:15p – 7:30p @ Lightfoot Senior Recreation Center 10901 N 56th Street...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign Statewide Trail Sponsors Come to Tampa - The Hillsborough MPO proudly hosted the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation Board Meeting on February 4th and 5th. The Foundation’s Board raises and invests resources to promote a statewide system of greenways and trails that further economic benefits, offer safe transportation alternatives, improve access to parks, preserves, and scenic byways, and enhance healthy recreational opportunities...
  • featured-tiaconcept Rubber Meets the Road – January 2016 : Airport construction takes off - In the last issue of Rubber Meets the Road, the Tampa International Airport Master Plan was featured. Since that article, the new consolidated car rental center is well underway!  450 workers have been busy building the 2.6 million square foot center, and progress is obvious as seen above. The consolidated car rental center, relocates services...
  • featured_delivery_package UberRush - Through a partnership with Operator, the chat-based shopping assistant, Uber and Operator could compete with Amazon for instant delivery from local, nearby shops. The service is called UberRush. The partnership could eventually bring one-hour delivery to businesses across the country without them having to even think about it. All shoppers do is send Operator a...
  • featured_FAA_logo Know before you fly your drone! - It’s hard to keep up with the latest fad – pet rocks, Elmo, boomboxes – add leaps and bounds in technology, and your head will spin. The new must-have gift? Not a phone or gaming system…a drone. The Federal Aviation Administration expects one million drones will be sold by the beginning of 2016…yes, one million,...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs Sprucing up Spruce Street - If you’re headed to the Home Depot to work on the honey-do list, or to Total Wine to celebrate the end of the honey-do list (as if there is ever an end), you’ve probably experienced traffic difficulties in the area of Spruce Street and Dale Mabry Highway. The City of Tampa has recognized the issues,...
  • featured-selmon-greenway-logo Selmon Greenway going green! - THEA’s Board has approved a $2.5 million for enhancements to the Selmon Greenway. As part of THEA’s ongoing commitment to the region, they are upgrading and enhancing the Selmon Greenway with no tax dollars used for enhancements! Upgrades to the greenway will include pocket parks, bike racks, landscaping and other amenities. Lighting additions will improve...
  • featured Gandy Boulevard update - If you haven’t traveled to St. Petersburg via Gandy Boulevard in Pinellas County lately, you may not recognize where you are. Trees have been cleared, utilities relocated and mounds of dirt are transforming into an elevated roadway from east of 4th Street to I-275. $120 million has been dedicated for the grade-separated intersection at Roosevelt...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT embraces Complete Streets - Roadway engineering is a precise profession. Most of us have no idea that the roads we use started with a long mathematical equation of slopes, speeds, widths, clearances, and other dimensions. Yet as exact and consistent as designs have been over the years, things do change even in traffic engineering, and a new and innovative...
  • featured_bicycle Conversion of Cass and Tyler Streets to Two-way Traffic continues - The City of Tampa continues to advance projects from the MPO’s Walk-Bike Plans into built facilities. Construction is under way transforming Cass Street and Tyler Street from the Hillsborough River to Nebraska Avenue into two-way streets. New to our community will be the first barrier-separated cycle path that will also be added along the south...
  • featured_Tampa_Airport_logo Airport construction takes off - In the last issue of Rubber Meets the Road, the Tampa International Airport Master Plan was featured. Since that article, the new consolidated car rental center is well underway! 450 workers have been busy building the 2.6 million square foot center, and progress is obvious as seen above. The consolidated car rental center, relocates services...
  • featured-PHlogo New Year. New Look! - Plan Hillsborough represents us, an agency of dedicated and innovative planning staff serving:   Our new look was created in-house, inspired by the excitement of a thriving future for our region. It is modern, bold, and clean, better representing the brighter future we are planning together… with you!   Check out the presentation below for...
  • slider_florida_traffic Hillsborough Rides – December 2015 : MPO transit priorities move forward in FDOT work program - November was a momentous month for transit in Tampa Bay. The Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven announced that it intends to fund several of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s major transit priorities. These projects have been included in the District’s tentative work program for FY 2017 – 2021. $4 million for bus replacements in FY...
  • slider-walkbikevideocontest Contest Announcement: High School Students, We Want Your Videos! - More Hillsborough County residents and visitors are walking and biking, for work, school or recreation. It’s a great way to reduce pollution and stay healthy, but unsafe use of the roads can have serious consequences. Even one injury or fatality is too many, and we all share in the responsibility to make travel on our...
  • featured_Tampa_trolley artLOUD! features streetcars - artLOUD! is a program sponsored by Commercial Real Estate Women, or CREW Tampa Bay. The idea is to promote the culture and history of Tampa through art appreciation. And what better representation of Tampa’s history than the streetcar? The artLOUD! Streetcar Project promotes mass transit while beautifying our city with streetcar sculptures. These sculptures were...
  • Honda Electric Vehicle Driver Free Rides! - At FDOT’s third annual Automated Vehicles Summit, December 1 – 2 in Jacksonville, a vehicle the size and speed of a golf cart carried passengers from one end of a parking lot to the other, and back again… without a driver. Developed by the French company Meridian, the cute open-air vehicle has also been finding...
  • featured_Bicycler_traffic_sign Solar Bike Trail - What’s more ‘green’ than riding a bicycle? Riding one on a solar bike trail. Innovator Sten de Wit from the Netherlands asked himself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the solar power generated?” The idea became a reality in November 2014 when...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs FAST Act keeps U.S. transportation moving - On December 4, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act.” It is the first law enacted in over ten years providing long-term funding certainty for surface transportation, meaning States and local governments can move forward with critical transportation projects, like new highways and transit lines, with the confidence...
  • featured_Tampa_Airport_logo Renewed hope for Westshore Transit Hub - Not until that invitation arrives to come celebrate the holidays at home, can the travel plans begin. Jumping into a car, on a plane, bus, or train without having a destination would be senseless. That’s how a bigger and better Hillsborough County transit system would be without having a Westshore Multimodal Center as a destination....
  • featured_traffic_signal Bringing tech to transit - One of the greatest challenge to increasing bus ridership, especially when appealing to those who have other travel choices, is to make riding the bus faster than driving a car. Most of the frustration when commuting happens when sitting at a traffic light. If a bus is stuck there with the rest of traffic, then...
  • Some of the best things in life are FREE! - If you’re traveling in downtown Tampa, hopping on the In-Towner won’t cost you a dime. The HART Board’s decision to eliminate its fee took effect October 1st. The In-Towner trolleys provide weekday trips every 15 minutes from 6-8:30 a.m. and from 3:30-6 p.m. If you’re a resident or employee, the In-Towner can get you back...
  • commuterrail_sm Sharing CSX Corridors with passengers - Word is, CSX Corporation, owner of many freight rail corridors across Florida, will consider allowing some existing lines to be shared with passenger rail service. The FDOT has agreed to fund a 2017 study to explore whether and how this could work. The two CSX lines with the most potential for sharing run from Tampa...
  • featured-bus-transit TED Policy Leadership Group recommends ½ cent sales tax - If it’s better transportation you want, the decision may soon be yours. The Transportation for Economic Development Policy Leadership Group voted in November to recommend the proposal for a ½ cent sales tax increase for transportation to the County Commission. Only the County Commission can decide to put a referendum on the ballot. The Community...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 MPO transit priorities move forward in FDOT work program - November was a momentous month for transit in Tampa Bay. The Florida Department of Transportation’s District Seven announced that it intends to fund several of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s major transit priorities. These projects have been included in the District’s tentative work program for FY 2017 – 2021. $4 million for bus replacements in FY...
  • East Hillsborough Ave Concept Temple Terrace plans for density, intensity, and complete streets - Over the past two years, the Planning Commission and the City of Temple Terrace have listened carefully to citizens, property owners, and elected officials all in an effort to form an exciting vision of the future of Temple Terrace. The vision guides the City’s Long Range Comprehensive Plan and includes: preserving urban and suburban housing...
  • featured-tampa-walk-bike-III Upper Tampa Bay Trail extended - Hillsborough County will soon dedicate its latest segment of trail. Originally scheduled for Friday, August 7, the ribbon cutting ceremony has been postponed due to recent heavy rains and flooding. The new segment of trail was made possible by Hillsborough County with the cooperation of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (owner of the Brooker...
  • Featured Bicycle Pedestrian Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail complete - FDOT celebrated the grand opening of the Pinellas portion of its Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail on June 22nd. With Hillsborough’s portion completed in 2013, this scenic new trail along the south side of the causeway now stretches for a continuous 9 ½ breathtaking miles! Check out how the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail came to be...
  • featured_CoastBikeShare Coast hits 10,000 and expands to USF - At 4:16 pm on July 4th, Coast Bike Share reached a milestone 10,000 members! To celebrate, Coast organized multiple events for the month of July with History Bike Tampa, Pedals and Pints at Ferg’s, and the Blazing Saddles Rolling Scavenger Hunt. Coast also recently rolled out it’s newly update smartphone app, Social Bicycles (for both...
  • featured_USDOT_logo George Jetson, here we come! - We may not have flying space cars, but other advances in technology will be tested right here in Hillsborough County. A “Connected Vehicle” pilot program proposed by the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has been awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for an initial phase. If all goes well, the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway...
  • featured_Tampa_Airport_logo Airport Master Plan takes shape - The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has started to make the dust fly as it implements the Master Plan for Tampa International Airport. Before the recession, a previous version of the master plan called for a second terminal to be built close to Hillsborough Avenue. The current plan focuses on maximizing the existing main terminal facilities...
  • featured-pedestriansafety The City of Tampa is on the move - If you thought planning documents made great book ends, you haven’t been following the City of Tampa’s Department of Transportation and Stormwater Services. New bike lanes, sharrows, sidewalks, and complete street projects seem to be popping up all across town as they implement the City’s Walk-Bike Plans. Planners are already kicking off Phase 5 of...
  • featured_Julian_Lane_Riverfront_Park MPO studies Florida Avenue, Tampa / Highland Streets - Working closely with the City of Tampa and FDOT, the MPO is evaluating various alternatives for the one-way pair of Florida Avenue (northbound) and Tampa/Highland Street (southbound). The study area is roughly from I-275 to Hillsborough Avenue, serving the historic Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights neighborhoods. The evaluation of the alternatives will consider: Safe access...
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo School Board Member takes a seat on MPO Board - The MPO is excited to welcome Cindy Stuart as its newest board member representing the School District of Hillsborough County. Transportation is a big issue for Hillsborough County Schools. The District transports 94,000 students on a fleet of 1,400 buses! With other agencies operating major modes of transportation represented on the MPO, it only made...
  • featured_newvision_icon_graphic FDOT invitation to innovation - The Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT) continually strives to enhance all areas of its operations. In support of these effo rts, the department recently moved into a bold new era for innovative ideas, research and accelerated implementation. Success will depend on our ability to carefully evaluate or implement the products and services provided to the users...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 Wins for Best Practices - Imagine 2040 was honored to receive the American Planning Association‘s Florida Chapter 2015 Project Award of Merit in the Best Practices category. The award was presented at the opening session of APA Florida’s annual conference held in Hollywood, Florida in September. Recognized for innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices, Imagine 2040 also incorporated public/private...
  • Featured Studies Icon Cool Ideas from other Cities - Over the summer, we came across some great projects in other Florida communities. We’re always on the look-out for clever plans, innovative design features, and most importantly, opportunities to do the same thing here. Here is a sampling from our scrapbook. Send us your favorites and we may add them!   Attractive yet inexpensive crosswalk...
  • featured-bicycle-safety Walk & roll with us at Cyclovia! - Come and bring the entire bicycling family to enjoy a fun and safe event in and around downtown Tampa!
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo We’ve got a list… and transit’s on it! - The MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program is a list of transportation projects to be funded over the next five years. There are so many transportation needs in our county that a priority list helps direct the limited money available and helps us keep track of how well we’re doing at reaching goals set in our Long...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART Transit Development Plan - HART’s Transit Development Plan (TDP) is a 10-year plan that guides transit funding to serve the mobility needs of those traveling in and around Hillsborough County. This plan undergoes a major update every five years, with annual updates in between. This year, the TDP update reflects a partnership with Hillsborough County and the cities of...
  • Featured Studies Icon GO Hillsborough - Citizens of Hillsborough have spoken loud and clear when asked what concerns they have about the future of the county… transportation! GO Hillsborough explores the possibility of what additional funding could do to make moving about the county easier and safer. Not one solution alone will solve our varied transportation challenges, that is why the...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Lopano named Aviation Professional of the Year! - Each year, the Florida Department of Transportation recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Florida aviation. In July, we learned that the prestigious award of Aviation Professional of the Year was given to MPO Board Member and Hillsborough Aviation Authority‘s CEO, Joe Lopano. Mr. Lopano’s contribution to the world of transportation starts...
  • featured_SunshineLine Quality of Life Services program - Family reunions! Concerts! Beach getaways! These activities bring joy to our lives and we look forward to jumping in our cars with loved ones on our way to experience these memory-making times. Now picture yourself unable to drive – whether due to age or disability. Unless there is a convenient bus route, your options are...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART CEO nominated for 2015 White House Champion of Change - Hillsborough’s own Katharine Eagan, Chief Executive Officer of HART, has been nominated for the White House Champion of Change in the category Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation. Ms. Eagan is being considered for this celebrated award because of her dedication to providing safe, innovative, and high-quality transit services in Hillsborough County. Since officially taking over...
  • featured-bus-transit HART appoints Gregory Brackin Director of Operations and ADA Support - HART is pleased to announce the return of Gregory Brackin to the Operations staff. Mr. Brackin assumed the duties as Director of Operations Support and ADA Officer. His responsibilities will included Customer Service, ADA HARTPlus Certification, and special projects for the Authority. Current projects include HARTplus Customer Choice Voucher Pilot Program, First and Last Mile...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Public Hearing Notice FDOT Five-Year Tentative Work Progam - Online, October 26 through October 30, 2015 In person, October 28th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at MPO Office, 18th floor, County Center (601 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa) The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven, invites you to provide your comments to FDOT by participating in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing....
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo Hillsborough Rides – September 2015 : We’ve got a list… and transit’s on it! - The MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program is a list of transportation projects to be funded over the next five years. There are so many transportation needs in our county that a priority list helps direct the limited money available and helps us keep track of how well we’re doing at reaching goals set in our Long...
  • featured-bikepedcounts Greenways Plan comment deadline extended - In our last issue of  Walk Bike News, we announced the Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways and Trails Plan Update and asked for your ideas via a short survey. This project is ongoing, so you still have time to make suggestions. Sponsored by the MPO in partnership with Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, and others, the study has been updated with...
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo MPO votes to balance regional mobility with local interests in support of economic growth - The MPO’s annual public hearing to establish funding priorities for the next five years of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) drew a record crowd on Tuesday evening, August 4. More than 360 residents and business representatives attended in person, with another 65 attending via GoToMeeting, to weigh in on a Tampa Bay Express (TBX) being...
  • featured-mpo-tbx-public-hearing Walk Bike News – August 2015 : MPO votes to balance regional mobility with local interests in support of economic growth - The MPO’s annual public hearing to establish funding priorities for the next five years of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) drew a record crowd on Tuesday evening, August 4. More than 360 residents and business representatives attended in person, with another 65 attending via GoToMeeting, to weigh in on a Tampa Bay Express (TBX) being...
  • MPO and CUTR logos Rubber Meets the Road – July 2015 : MPO & CUTR awarded grant - Social justice in transportation investments is demonstrated when transportation costs and benefits are equally shared by all segments of society. The topic will get a fresh look in Hillsborough County, as the Hillsborough MPO and the Portland, Oregon MPO partner in a project proposed by USF’s local Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), to study...
  • featured-tampa-bypass-canal MPO seeks input on Tampa-Hillsborough Greenways & Trails Plan update - Share which trails you use, what links are important, and more. Take the MPO Trails Spring 2015 survey. This spring the MPO launched an update and integration of the trails and greenways plans in City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. For 20 years the Hillsborough Greenways Master Plan has served as the guiding document in identifying greenway and...
  • featured-pedestriansafety How walkable is your neighborhood? - After a successful initial event last year, the Partners in Obesity Prevention coalition is once again sponsoring Walkability Tampa Bay 2015. This unique event encourages people who actually live in a neighborhood to provide feedback on the walkability of their own neighborhood. What is Walkability?  Walkability is the measure of how friendly an area is for walking. Of...
  • Featured Bicycle Pedestrian Local activities celebrating National Bike Month - May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump...
  • featured_Bike_Route_Sign Cyclists ready to roll on Tampa’s first separated, green bike lane - The City of Tampa recently completed its first separated, green bike lane along Platt Street in South Tampa. The design is the first of its kind in Tampa, and motorists are encouraged to use caution while becoming familiar with the new design. The new bike lane runs from Armenia Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard and is...
  • featured_riverwalk_logo Riverwalk celebrates new Kennedy Plaza - The current, and several previous Mayors of Tampa, attended the grand opening of the Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment of the Tampa Riverwalk on March 27 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. “The Riverwalk has been in the making for 40 years, and it has taken the efforts of six mayors to be completed. Its construction represents the importance...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART ‘s Bike and Bus Combo means a healthier commute! - May is National Bike Month and HART makes riding the bus with a bicycle a breeze. HART is encouraging regular riders and those who might want to try transit to also try combining their bike with transit as a viable commuter option. The agency actively supports linking bicycles and transit by providing bus racks on...
  • featured_bicycle Tampa pursues Bicycle Friendly Business District - The Tampa Downtown Partnership has been working on establishing a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) District in the downtown. The City of Tampa has been building a number of bicycle facilities in and around the downtown. Bikes are good for businesses and their employees. Through the BFB program, employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage a...
  • featured-bicycle-crash-analysis Tampa bike-share program teaching ‘share the road’ lessons - Numbers are one way Coast Bike Share measures success: 100 days into Tampa’s new, downtown bike-sharing operation, ridership has exceeded expectations with 3,000 participants and 20,000 miles pedaled. “Anothermeasure of success for the city is the way the program is creating a bicycle-friendly atmosphere,” said Ali Glisson, the city’s public affairs director. “Bike share does...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign Trails and paddling input needed for the Florida Greenways and Trails Plan - The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. The original FGTS Plan was completed in 1998 and adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1999, laying the groundwork for...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 receives top honors at the Future of the Region Awards! - On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a partnership between the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Planning Commission,...
  • featured_BerkeleyPrep_Imagine2040 HART Summer Blast Pass is back! - School’s out, and the HART Summer Blast Pass is the kids’ ticket to freedom this summer! The Summer Blast Pass offers kids ages 5 – 18 unlimited rides on HART Local, Limited Express, MetroRapid, In-Town Trolley, and HARTFlex routes from May 11 – August 31, for just $30! Purchase your Summer Blast Pass at: Marion...
  • featured_NITC_logo MPO and CUTR awarded grant - Social justice in transportation investments is demonstrated when transportation costs and benefits are equally shared by all segments of society. The topic will get a fresh look in Hillsborough County, as the Hillsborough MPO and the Portland, Oregon MPO partner in a project proposed by USF’s local Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), to study how transportation-related...
  • featured_traffic_signal Tampa’s traffic signals going high tech - As a result of federal funding prioritized by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Tampa will roll out high-tech solutions to traffic congestion and crashes starting this fall. This Advanced Traffic Management System or ATMS uses fiber communications, CCTV cameras, and advanced controllers to provide for more reliable and efficient traffic flow. City traffic...
  • featured_CCC_logo One voice on top regional priorities - What happens when representatives from eight counties, six MPOs and two FDOT districts meet to discuss which transportation projects to fund next? Cynics might predict squabbling over parochial concerns would trump regional needs, but they would be wrong. Defying such predictions, elected officials and agency heads from across West Central Florida came together in May....
  • featured_symbol_GreenSpace Walk-about, drive-about a roundabout - The Livable Roadways Committee (LRC) had their interest piqued about modern roundabouts during a recent presentation highlighting their significant safety benefits. Excited by statistics like the greater than 90% reduction in fatalities, the LRC graciously accepted the presenter’s offer of a tour to experience local roundabouts firsthand. Committee members, MPO staff, and other local planners joined tour guide Ken Sides of Sam Schwartz...
  • Featured Rail Your community transportation plan has arrived - In the next 25 years, more than 1.8 million people will call Hillsborough County home. As it stands, today’s transportation system is struggling to keep up with current demands and current financial resources are already committed. In order to compete for jobs with other communities of our size, we need to invest in transportation and...
  • featured Time4Review_Icon_sm Orient Road PD&E Study - Orient Road connects Sabal Park, Net Park Tampa Bay, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa Bay Tech, King High School, and many other employers and destinations. The area around it was identified as a key economic space earlier in the Transportation for Economic Development study process. This fiscal year, Hillsborough County is conducting...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT hosts Florida Transportation Plan workshop on September 2nd - The Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) establishes long range goals to provide a policy framework for expenditure of federal and state transportation funds in Florida. Every five years, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) takes the lead in updating this plan to respond to new trends and challenges to meet the future mobility needs of Florida’s...
  • featured_Florida_Seal_logo Special session buzz - Negotiations over the state budget required a special session of the legislature which convened June 1-20. Transportation was a point of alignment between the Senate and House, which had similar funding levels for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) at approximately $10 billion. The FDOT work program’s major projects in Hillsborough were reviewed and approved by the...
  • featured_FloridaHealth_logo MPO planning recognized for improving community health - Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase...
  • TIP logo Coming soon to a corridor near you! - At its June 2nd meeting, the MPO held a public hearing before adopting a $1.4 billion Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP funds a wide variety of projects over the next five years and begins to realize the MPO’s 2040 Plan. Public transit and rideshare improvements are an important part of the TIP, including: Replacing older buses in HART’s...
  • featured_hurricane Hurricane season important reminders - Residents with special needs, the elderly, and those without transportation require extra attention in order to stay safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Hillsborough County has programs in place to help these residents prepare and find safe shelter. To make sure there are enough facilities to accommodate residents who need evacuation assistance to a...
  • featured_HARTline_logo Where’s the bus? There’s an app for that - Two years ago HART launched the revolutionary OneBusAway app that delivers real-time bus arrival information directly to a customer’s smart phone, computer, or other Wi-Fi enabled device. The system is accessed more than 200,000 times every month. Now the system has upgraded to include a touchtone feature allowing riders to get real-time information from a regular phone. The new...
  • Commute, inside bus, passengers 62 consecutive months of a million plus! - HART continues to celebrate ridership growth. April 2015 brought 1,255,932 trips, marking 62 consecutive months of a million-plus bus rides! February 2010 was the last month with under one million rides. This continues a strong upward ridership trend for HART, with a fifth straight year of record ridership. It’s time to join in on the celebration, get...
  • featured_AnnMadden A life framed by love for community - It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of Anne Madden on May 28, 2015. Following her service to our country in the military, Anne continued to serve as an advocate of the SouthShore community and all of Hillsborough County as a member of numerous civic and county organizations. She was the owner...
  • featured_Tampa_trolley FDOT kicks in $1 million to plan streetcar expansion - Richard Danielson, Times Staff writer Published April, 22, 2015 The Florida Department of Transportation has committed $1 million to help City Hall figure out how to expand Tampa’s underused and underfunded downtown streetcar. “We’ve got to fix the streetcar,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a recent interview. “We can maintain the status quo for a...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars Tampa area ranked 11th in nation for traffic congestion - Yvette C. Hammett | Tribune Staff  Published March 21, 2015 During afternoon rush hour, 53 percent of commuters in the Tampa metro area are mired in gridlock. In the mornings, 34 percent sit in traffic. This region ranks 11th in the nation for congestion, according to the 2014 TomTom Traffic Index released Tuesday.   Using...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo TBARTA Master Plan update for 2015 - In order to align efforts and prevent duplication, TBARTA has joined together with the West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC) to create a combined regional master plan and regional long range transportation plan. The TBARTA 2040 regional networkmaps and projects now are based on the five MPOs’ long range cost feasible transportation plans, and the LRTPs’ Needs are illustrated in the TBARTA Longer Range Needs network maps....
  • featured-florida-health Hillsborough Rides – June 2015 : MPO recognized as community champion - Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase...
  • TIP logo TIP public hearing to adopt FY 2015/16 – 2019/20 - Public Hearing Notice: The MPO will hold a public hearing to adopt the Transportation Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2015/16 through 2019/20 Date: June 2, 2015 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Downtown Tampa The TIP lists transportation projects to be funded by federal, state, and local sources within the next five...
  • featured-selmon-greenway-logo Walk Bike News – May 2015 : Selmon Greenway ribbon-cutting & Jane’s Walk - The Selmon Greenway ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, May 2, and marked the opening of the first phase of the 1.7 mile, 15 foot wide multi-use trail located within and adjacent to the Selmon Expressway. A trailblazing concept in urban recreation, the new Selmon Greenway provides an important walk-bike connection between Ybor City and the Riverwalk....
  • featured_tbrpc_logo Imagine 2040 receives top honors at the Future of the Region Awards! - On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a...
  • featured_FHWA_logo Resiliency Plan hits the airwaves - County Commissioner Les Miller, Chair of the Hillsborough MPO and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), recently discussed the importance of preparing our roads and transit for extreme weather events on the award winning television series, Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel in May 2015 and on FOX Business in June/July...
  • Featured Transportaion Improvement Program (TIP) Construction update: I-275 and Veterans Expressway - Commuters struggling with seemingly never-ending construction got a break late last month when the Florida Department of Transportation opened three new lanes on I-275 between downtown Tampa and Westshore Boulevard. The new southbound lanes match the northbound lanes that were reconstructed in 2010 and complete a major part of widening I-275 from SR 60 (Memorial...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Gunn / Linebaugh intersection improvements - The Florida Department of Transportation has proposed design improvements to the intersection of Gunn Highway & Linebaugh Avenue include changes that are needed to reduce vehicle delay, improve safety, and reduce accident occurrences. The project cost is estimated to be $1.5 million. The design improvements include: removal of the westbound left turn lane addition of...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs More intersection improvements & projects funded by Hillsborough County - At its April 1st meeting, the Board of County Commissioners allocated funding from property tax capital reserve funds and from impact fees paid by developers to support transportation improvements needed near their developments. Intersection improvements include: Bloomingdale Ave & Culbreath Rd Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd & Williams Rd Hillsborough Ave & Webb Rd...
  • featured_AlAustin_portrait Hillsborough County renames boulevard to recognize Tampa visionary - At an unveiling ceremony on March 20, 2015, County Commission Chair Sandy Murman posed with the family of the late Al Austin in front of a sign designating two blocks of a county road as Alfred S. Austin Boulevard. The two blocks of Westshore Boulevard between Cypress and Laurel Streets run through the heart of...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT to study widening US 301 - Recently, an MPO committee provided review comments to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for a roadway widening in north Hillsborough County on US 301. The FDOT is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate the expansion of a 13.8 mile segment of US 301 from its current two-lane undivided configuration to...
  • featured_FTA_logo The future of “connected” roadways - What if your “smart car” could warn you of a weather or traffic delay on the roadway ahead and propose an alternate route? Connected cars might be making an appearance sooner than you think. Technology applications with potential benefits for roadway capacity and safety are evolving at a rapid pace. The Tampa/Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA)...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars Everything you wanted to know about traffic but were afraid to ask! - Did you know that the Hillsborough MPO routinely collects traffic counts for most major roads in Hillsborough County and its cities? Traffic volumes frequently come into play when questions come up about congestion levels and the impact of future development. They’re also fundamental to forecasting future conditions because predictive “travel demand” models are based in...
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  • imagine2040trophies Rubber Meets the Road – April 2015 : Imagine 2040 receives top honors! - On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a partnership...
  • featured_Trans_For_Ameri The Innovative MPO - Hillsborough MPO & Planning Commission recognized The Innovative MPO, released on December 10th by Transportation for America, is a new guidebook for the staff and board members of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The guide showcases best practices from across the country illustrating ways MPOs can help their communities prosper. The Hillsborough MPO and Planning Commission are...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT District 7 awards safety project grants - In 2014, Hillsborough County, Tampa and Plant City were the proud recipients of several grants to improve traffic safety. Plant City received $43,000 for traffic signals and signs. The City of Tampa received: $200,000 for a Himes Avenue project to add turn lanes, bike lanes and a separator island $300,000 for a 34th Street project...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 receives Innovation Award - The 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland last week featured practical tools and innovative strategies for creating great communities. At this event, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG) announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards.  Imagine 2040 received the Exemplary Implementation Award, recognizing a planning process or project that utilized...
  • featured_walk_pedestrian_signal Fletcher Ave becomes a “complete street” - On January 27th, 2015, Hillsborough County celebrated the completion of the Fletcher Avenue Complete Streets Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements. A crowd of state and local officials, engineers, planners, students, and citizens heard remarks from County Commissioners Kevin Beckner and Victor Crist, as well as Sheriff’s Major James Burton and FDOT District Safety Engineer Ron...
  • featured_Bicycle_Rodeo 2015 Gasparilla Children’s Bike Safety Rodeo - Our BPAC once again teamed up with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) for our annual Children’s Gasparilla Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo held on Saturday, January 24. At the rodeo, volunteers of the BPAC, HCSO, and Safe Kids fitted approximately 200 children with bicycle helmets and taught the little ones and their parents the...
  • featured_Conceptual_PedestrianFriendly FDOT to install new crosswalk on MLK Jr Blvd - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to install a new pedestrian crosswalk along West Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (SR 574), between MacDill Ave and Gomez Ave in Tampa. Many people are crossing this busy road to access St Joseph’s Hospital and medical facilities on both sides, along with stores, eateries and...
  • featured_BPAC Bikes (and feet!) across Tampa Bay - On Tuesday, January 13, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commitees of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties met jointly at the City of Oldsmar. About thirty volunteers and advocates gathered to discuss  a broad range of topics including the completion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail and other opportunities for regional trail connections. The committees agreed to work together...
  • featured-walk-bike USDOT Sec. Foxx launches the “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People & Streets” - On January 22, 2015 Secretary Foxx announced the Mayor’s Challenge as part of his Safer People, Safer Streets initiative. The Mayor’s Challenge is open to all cities and towns. It calls on local elected officials to make a commitment to improving pedestrian and bicycle safety over the next year. It encourages broader use of existing...
  • featured_Bicycler_traffic_sign Local Ride with Mayor Chillura - Date:       Friday, March 20, 2015 Time:       7:30 a.m. Location: Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive, Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura will lead riders on a leisurely 3-mile ride along the winding streets of beautiful Temple Terrace, starting and ending at the Family Recreation Complex. The event starts at 7:30...
  • featured_Bike_Route_Sign Florida now home to two U.S. bicycle routes - On November 20, 2014 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved U.S Bicycle Route 1 and U.S. Bicycle Route 90 in Florida. U.S. Bicycle Route 1 follows Florida’s Atlantic coast from Key West to Jacksonville, where it ends at the Georgia State Line. Much of USBR 1 follows the East Coast Greenway and Adventure Cycling Association’s Atlantic Coast Route. The route...
  • featured_bike_pedestrian_Trail Trail funding: what you can do - Want paved trails as a part of Florida’s future? Talk to your local elected officials and state representatives between now and the start of the 2015 legislative session on March 3. Why? Because connecting local, community trails to the state’s priority regional trails such as the Coast to Coast and NE Coast Connector is the...
  • featured_TECO_streetcar Streetcar regales riders with live music - Saturday, March 7, passengers on the TECO Line StreetcarSystem will be treated to another great streetcar live concert. The artists handpicked by the Gasparilla Music Festival will provide the entertainment. The bands usually board streetcar #434 at 6:40 p.m. and then perform aboard the historic streetcar from 7:00-9:00 p.m. as it clangs along between Centennial Park Station (Station...
  • Imagine 2040 workshop GO Hillsborough wants your voice - Creating a community transportation plan Since mid-February, the GO Hillsborough team has been hosting a series of 36 open house style workshops in or near your neighborhood to: understand your transportation needs and realities explore options that make sense in your daily life help you weigh in on some hard choices as we move forward...
  • featured_Tampa_trolley MPO supports City of Tampa’s quest for New Starts funding for Streetcar - At its March 2nd Board meeting, the MPO agreed to make its top priority for federal and state grants that support fixed guideway transit — known as New Starts — a project to upgrade and extend the streetcar. Tampa’s Historic Streetcar (THS) has been the subject of many discussions about how to get the most use...
  • featured_SunshineLine_Logo Sunshine Line gets an A+ from riders - Hillsborough County’s Sunshine Line received high marks from its riders again this year! In FY 2014, the Sunshine Line made more than a half million door-to-door trips for those who do not have the means or ability to transport themselves, and are dependent on others to obtain health care, employment, education, shopping, and other life sustaining activities. The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) is tasked...
  • featured_gavel_chair TDCB and CAC choose leaders for 2015 - Last month, MPO Chair Commissioner Les Miller tapped Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen to chair the MPO’s Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB). This is the Councilman’s second year as TDCB Chair. The TDCB elected Gloria Mills as its Vice Chair, and Becki Forsell as its Officer at Large. Ms. Mills, in her fourth year as...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART News Round Up - HART debuts new clean-fuel buses At its March 2nd Board of Directors meeting, HART debuted nine brand new clean-burning, energy efficient Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered buses. Thirteen additional CNG buses are being built and will be delivered in the next couple of weeks. The nine new buses are part of an order of 22 new...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo Find your ride with one call or click - Finding transportation options can be difficult, especially when you have specialized needs or requirements. Do you know where to get that information? With TBARTA’s myRIDE service, you can explore over 250 local and regional providers of transportation services — from on-demand medical transport to wheelchair-accessible vans — with just one call or one click. Listings also include...
  • featured_TECO_streetcar Streetcar meets cruise ship, ridership jumps 300% - For the third time in two months, Tampa’s TECO Line Streetcar System began service three hours earlier to serve the more than 1,200 tourists voyaging aboard the German cruise ship AIDAVITA. The TECO Line Streetcar was ready with service to downtown shopping, restaurants, and other tourist venues. In partnership with the business community, the special service was made...
  • Executive Director Ramond Chiaramonte Ray Chiaramonte becomes TBARTA’s new executive director - After an extensive half-year search for qualified candidates, the TBARTA Board has named Ramond Chiaramonte, AICP, as its next Executive Director. Chiaramonte recently served as the Executive Director at both the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. The TBARTA Board was guided by a selection committee and an...
  • slider-streetcar Hillsborough Rides – March 2015 : MPO supports City of Tampa’s quest for New Starts funding for Streetcar - At its March 2nd Board meeting, the MPO agreed to make its top priority for federal and state grants that support fixed guideway transit — known as New Starts — a project to upgrade and extend the streetcar. Tampa’s Historic Streetcar (THS) has been the subject of many discussions about how to get the most...
  • Columbus Drive Corridor 2 Walk Bike News – February 2015 : MPO, County & Tampa collaborate to redesign the Columbus Drive corridor - The MPO, City of Tampa, and Hillsborough County came together to study the potential reconfiguration of the one-way pairs of Columbus Drive and 17th/18th/19th Avenues (between 14th and 40th Street) to two-way traffic, at the request of citizens and business owners in the area. At a workshop held last September, the public said loud and...
  • featured_ColumbusDr_Corr MPO, County & Tampa collaborate to redesign Columbus Drive corridor - The MPO, City of Tampa, and Hillsborough County came together to study the potential reconfiguration of the one-way pairs of Columbus Drive and 17th/18th/19th Avenues (between 14th and 40th Street) to two-way traffic, at the request of citizens and business owners in the area. At a workshop held last September, the public said loud and...
  • featured_RAC_portrait A legacy for our community… - Parting words from Ray Chiaramonte : As I leave the Planning Commission and MPO for the next chapter in my life, it is time to reflect on the important things that happened over my 35 year career here. I have had almost every job imaginable along this journey from the bottom to the top. Starting...
  • featured-FDOT-logo Meeting of the minds: Livable Roadways & Community Traffic Safety hold joint workshop - More than 40 diverse safety professionals and advocates attended the first ever FDOT Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) and the  MPO Livable Roadways Committee workshop on November 5th. The workshop was moderated by City of Tampa Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, and CTST Chair Jamie Sweeney, DKS Associates.The synergy of talent, resources and opportunities for collaboration became apparent as attendees...
  • featured_Award Statue Congrats to Planning & Design award winners! - On October 30, the Planning Commission held it’s 32nd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas at the A La Carte Pavilion. Hosted by ABC Action News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin, this awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. A panel of judges...
  • featured-bicycle-safety Cyclovia rolled through downtown Tampa - On Sunday, October 19th, the Florida Department of Transportation closed a portion of Kennedy Boulevard to motorized traffic.Together with the City of Tampa, the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the MPO BPAC and their community partners, FDOT brought Cyclovia to Tampa Bay! Cyclovia (also referred to as Ciclovía or Open Streets) is based on the Spanish word...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign Fletcher Ave almost complete! - The Fletcher Avenue complete street project is almost finished after just over a year of work. Hillsborough County’s Public Works Department has been improving the 3.1 mile Fletcher Avenue corridor from Nebraska Ave to Bruce B Downs Blvd. The project included milling and resurfacing, drainage, signalization, utility adjustments, and landscaping. Bicycle lanes have been marked...
  • featured_traffic_crash_icon Safer Plant & Hyde Park Avenues planned - Prompted by a review of severe crashes, the City of Tampa and FDOT are planning changes to Plant Ave and Hyde Park Ave. Today, these roads exist as a one-way pair from Platt St to Kennedy Blvd near the University of Tampa. They have on-street parking and posted speeds of 30/35 mph and serve the...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign County focuses on crash-prone roads - Two years ago, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and MPO approved a strategic plan for fixing unincorporated Hillsborough County’s worst areas for bike and pedestrian safety. The Board of County Commissioners budgeted money and now the County’s Infrastructure & Development Services Department is moving ahead with top safety projects: Next on the drawing board are safety...
  • featured_walk_pedestrian_signal 131st Ave and 46th St to be complete streets - Hillsborough County’s Public Works Department recently launched a “Complete Streets” project for 131st Avenue and 46th Street / Skipper Road in the vicinity of the University of South Florida. The purpose is to address the safety and comfort all users of the roadway network. As part of this, the County asked the MPO to fund...
  • featured_Upper_TampaBay_Park_boardwalk Public has its say on Upper Tampa Bay Trail - On September 17, 2014, Hillsborough County’s Parks and Recreation Department held a public workshop on the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Staffers  sought input on alternatives that could provide a final link between the existing trail terminus at Peterson Road Park and North Mobley Road. The three alternatives include options that access: County staff is currently analyzing...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART sets all-time ridership records - Even with declining gas prices, October 2014 marked the highest month for bus ridership in HART history! The numbers are in, and for the first time HART provided 1,438,947 passenger trips in one month, which is roughly a 5.8 percent increase over October 2013. HART recorded 60,711 trips on October 6 – the highest single day ridership in HART’s history! “Our weekday ridership...
  • featured_bicycle FREE Bike Safety Classes offered in November - The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Tampa BayCycle, the SPOKESpeople for all things cycling, will provide free bike safety classes in conjunction with the forthcoming launch of Coast Bike Share. In partnership with the City of Tampa, Tampa BayCycle will hold classes in November, with more classes to be added throughout the city in upcoming months. A...
  • featured_dothe_local_motion_logo Do the Local Motion – Fall 2014 - Tampa Downtown Partnership’s ‘Do the Local Motion’ kicked off its seventh season on Friday, October 3. ‘Do the Local Motion’ is a free, guided walking tour program offered to encourage exercise while showcasing Downtown Tampa’s attractions, history, and hidden gems with a different theme each walk. Program attendance and community support keeps growing with each year as we bring some new themed walks, while...
  • featured_ Hillsborough County’s Sunshine Line helps people without cars to get around - Article courtesy of Rod Carter, WFLA In Hillsborough County there’s a service called the Sunshine Line that helps people get where they need to be if they don’t have a car. The Sunshine Line, funded by the Hillsborough County Commission, provides door-to-door transportation and bus passes for elderly, low-income, and disabled people who do not...
  • featured_handicap_access Counties join forces to better serve the disabled, elderly, and low income - The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Boards (TDCBs) of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas met in October in a continuing quest for better regional service. The boards seek to improve the quality of life and provide social activity trips for those unable to provide their own transportation due to a disability, age, or income. In their second meeting,...
  • featured_Metrobee_logo MetroBee’s first mile/last mile solutions - While HART’s continued record-breaking ridership shows the increasing popularity of bus service in Hillsborough county, the agency is committed to delivering innovative and non-traditional solutions for passengers whose trip times or service areas go beyond the current bus service. To this end, HART invited Metro Bee, a unique community-based service, to share its vision with...
  • featured_HARTline_logo “OneBusAway” surges in popularity - Since HART launched its groundbreaking OneBusAway Tampa app just 15 months ago, riders are using the app in record numbers. And they are showing overwhelming support for the convenient scheduling app, which puts real-time bus arrival information right in the palm of the user’s hand. HART first rolled out the app in August 2013 for Web-enabled devices such as...
  • featured_TECO_streetcar Streetcar extension for downtown Tampa studied - HART is exploring the feasibility of constructing a streetcar extension through the heart of downtown Tampa to the Marion Transit Center. The purpose is to identify the constraints and improvements needed to upgrade the existing system to accommodate modern streetcar or light rail transit vehicles. Consultants from HDR Inc., with assistance from LTK Engineering, are...
  • featured_vote_ballot Mixed results for transportation ballot measures - Transportation funding propositions around the U.S. faced tough sledding in the November 4th elections. A review of election outcomes nationwide shows that of 32 referenda on the ballot, half passed. In past elections, the passage rate for transportation referenda has been upwards of 70 percent. Historically, funding referenda have faced tougher odds in non-presidential elections,...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT Public Hearing on five-year tenative work program FY 2015-2020 - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven, invites you to provide your comments to FDOT by participating in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing. The Tentative Work Program for fiscal years July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020 covers preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, construction, and public transportation projects for Citrus, Hernando,...
  • featured_FTA_logo Experts share secrets to transit funding success - On August 26th the MPO Board held a workshop to consider the advantages and disadvantages of federal transit funding. Two nationally known transit planners, David Vozzolo (HDR, Inc.) and Myrna Valdez (Gannett Fleming, Inc.), briefed the Board on the intricacies of qualifying for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding. They also shared success stories from other...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2…You told us more! - More than 2,400 citizens spoke up in July and August for the future of transportation. Over an 8-week period, culminating with an interactive display at Florida’s Largest Home Show over Labor Day weekend. Opinions were sought on transportation needs from a wide spectrum of groups at 65 events as well as from the comfort of...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs Happy New (Fiscal) Year! New projects slated for 2015 - October 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year, and local governments have been busy preparing their budgets. On September 17th, the City of Tampa adopted a $876 million budget for fiscal year 2015. It includes some notable capital improvements to rebuild and enhance streets including: More information is posted on the City’s website. Hillsborough’s...
  • featured_walk_pedestrian_signal Cass & Tyler to become 2-way Streets - Tampa recently completed its InVision process that sets the blueprint for future development in the Central Business District and adjoining neighborhoods. One project recommended in the InVision plan is to make Cass and Tyler Streets two-way, restoring the street grid in downtown, and transforming Cass into a central spine FOR WALKING AND BICYCLING ACROSS THE...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Site recommended for Westshore Regional Multimodal Center - With more than 54,000 jobs, the Westshore Business District is one of the largest employment centers in the Southeast United States, attracting commuters from all over our region. Employment projections show that another 7,000 to 26,000 jobs could be added by 2040. The area has also seen significant growth in multi-family housing. Westshore has been...
  • featured_ColumbusDr_Corr MPO looks at reconfiguration of Columbus Drive - The MPO, IN PARTNERSHIP with the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, is looking closely at Columbus Drive and 17th/18th/19thAvenues. These corridors are currently one-way pairs through Ybor City and East Tampa. Scheduled for resurfacing soon, local residents and business owners wanted to see if the roads could be transformed during the resurfacing to better...
  • Port Authority to build road at Port Redwing - The Tampa Port Authority Board on [September 16] paved the way for future industrial and manufacturing development at Port Redwing, approving a bid to build a road on to the peninsula.  Infrastructure to lure businesses to the undeveloped swath just north of the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station should be completed within about three...
  • featured_ParkingDay_logo Parking turned into Parks! - Four parking spaces on Ashley Drive between Twiggs and Zack Streets were transformed into an active park on September 19 for National PARK(ing) Day. This is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Tampa Downtown Partnership, Urban Conga, AIA Florida, USF students, PGT Industries, and...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 2040 Transportation Plan draft is ready for your comment! - After 18 months of preparation including extensive Imagine 2040 citizen input, the 2040 Transportation Plan draft is ready for your inspection. Twin plans reflecting two distinct 20-year funding scenarios are being presented for the public to comment on: Reasonable funding sources to help meet our current and growing transportation needs may be included in the...
  • featured_Greenlight_Pinellas MPO supports Greenlight Pinellas - At their September 30th meeting, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization Board (MPO) voted to support Greenlight Pinellas. In a letter to PSTA CEO Brad Miller, County Commission and MPO Chair Mark Sharpe congratulates PSTA on improvements made to service and transit ridership gains over the past several years. Looking forward to ongoing collaboration with both...
  • gas pump nozzle money Pasco BOCC increases gas tax - Pasco commissioners on [September 9th] approved increasing the county’s gas tax to 12 cents a gallon – highest in the Tampa Bay area. The 5-cent-per-gallon hike puts Pasco’s gasoline tax at the most allowed under state law and 5 cents higher than in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and 3 cents higher than in Hernando....
  • featured_handicap_access ADA Coordinator Sandra Sroka retiring - Hillsborough County’s long-time coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be stepping down from her job at the end of September. Sandra Sroka has served in her position since 1998, and has been the County’s first and only ADA coordinator so far. She has also been acting as the County’s Health Insurance Portability...
  • featured-CTD-td-eval BOCC recognized by the Florida CTD - The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has been named the 2014 Elected Official of the Year by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD). The BOCC serves as Hillsborough County’s Community Transportation Coordinator and operates the Sunshine Line. Congratulations on a job well done!
  • Tri-County TD planning group forms - A planning subcommittee has been formed by the Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Coordinating Boards for the Transportation Disadvantaged. On June 12th, members of the three groups convened and confirmed their shared goal of addressing issues raised by the Tri-County Area Regional Needs Assessment. These include: The group also discussed the importance of providing rides, negative...
  • featured_FAIR_Event_logo Family Abilities Information Rally coming Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - On Saturday, October 4th from 10am to 3pm Yes! of America United will host the 7th annual Family Abilities Information Rally at All People’s Life Center at 6105 E Sligh Avenue in Tampa. The YES! F.A.I.R. is free of charge to all and offers outreach to the community at large, helping people with disabilities learn...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo TBARTA makes commuting to school a breeze! - As part of its “right-now solutions” the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) offers a Regional School Commute Program, to make the trip to and from school easier for parents and students. This arrangement is with participating schools around Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Hernando Counties, where students travel longer distances, such as magnet or fundamental...
  • featured_TECO_streetcar Streetcar promotes “moving” entertainment - The Streetcar Live concert series kicked off Saturday, August 2nd with alt-country band Have Fun Will Travel on board from 7-9pm. The TECO Line Streetcar System and The Gasparilla Music Festival partnered to launch the new mobile concert series which takes place the 1st Saturday of each month. “The goal of this new concert series...
  • featured_HARTline_logo OneBusAway adds real time text messages! - After seeing the widespread use and success of its OneBusAway app, HART will introduce another powerful GPS-based customer service innovation on Monday, September 8. The new SMS text messaging feature is free, user friendly, and empowers HART customers by putting bus arrival times at their fingertips. Join HART staff in a hands-on demonstrations of how...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars A new product in ride sharing - Ridesharing was supposed to be different. As described in an article in the journal Transport Reviews, the movement started as a way to conserve resources in the U.S. during World War II. It evolved over the decades into a green movement to get cars off the streets. Lately the term has been used to refer...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 launch a success! - In case you missed our Imagine 2040 : Part 2 Media Day Launch event on Thursday, July 20 at Tampa Bay Grand Prix, check out this HTV News Brief: Imagine 2040 : Part 2 launch event HTV news brief Chuck Henson breaks down the Imagine 2040 survey into five easy steps in a conversation with...
  • featured_BPAC What BPAC did on its Summer vacation - Taking a “break” from formality for the month of July, members of the BPAC gathered at the Independent in Seminole Heights and did a bit of team building as they set an action agenda for themselves over the next 12 months. Fifteen members of the BPAC and 3 guests shared the following: Some memorable quotes:...
  • featured_bike_pedestrian_Trail One trail to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods - More great coverage of a project near and dear to our heart, the Green ARTery, a 20+ mile multi-use trail, will offer connections for people who walk, bicycle, jog or skate between major parks and 20 different Tampa neighborhoods. To read the article and view the video by Leigh Spann, visit WFLA.com.
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 launch event - Imagine 2040 : Part 2   In case you missed it, here is a little bit of what happened at our Imagine 2040 launch event held on July 10th at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. Thank you to our BPAC for providing a bike valet for this event! Take the Imagine 2040 : Part 2 survey...
  • featured_InvisionTampa_logo Invision Tampa projects moving forward - The City of Tampa is forging ahead with Invision Tampa plan. In May and June, more than 200 people attended workshops to discuss the future of Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, located just across the Hillsborough River from downtown Tampa. One concept under discussion is re-aligning Laurel Street further north along I-275 to make more...
  • featured_LeagueAmerBicyclists_logo Tampa receives Honorable Mention as Bicycle Friendly Community - In May, the League of American Bicyclists gave Tampa an Honorable Mention in its Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. The program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA program is a tool to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. But the BFA...
  • featured_CoastBikeShare Coast Bike Share Now Accepting Memberships - As of July 7th, Coast Bike Share, which is set to launch in late August, began accepting memberships. Become a founding member and get 30 more minutes per day of ride time. Coast Bike Share will enable short, quick trips in and around downtown with 300 bikes at 30 locations. “Coming Soon” signs have been...
  • featured_CreativeLoafing Cyclists Hold 4th Annual Ride of Silence - By Mitch Perry, courtesy of Creative Loafing Photo Courtesy of Jose Menendez Article posted on May 22, 2014 On Wednesday night (May 21st) in Tampa, approximately 65 bicyclists met up at Curtis Hixon Park, joining cyclists around the world in observing the annual Ride to Silence. The ride honors bicyclists who’ve been killed or injured...
  • featured_mycitybikes_logo My City Bikes app provides free maps, routes - My City Bikes is a public health project to benefit communities across the United States and Canada by providing a simple mobile resource to encourage cycling. Whether for fun, fitness or transportation, My City Bikes serves as a definitive guide to each participating community’s cycling opportunities. Local bike shops in cities across North America are...
  • featured_bicycle Democracy, roll-with-it-style - There’s something liberating about conversations conducted on a bike. Maybe it’s the forward motion. Maybe it’s the immersion in the world around you. Whatever the impetus, words flow and connections are made when two people pedal together. Add in about 198 more people and a politician, and something even more remarkable happens: Boundaries fall, grievances...
  • featured_Amtrak_logo Amtrak to begin welcoming bikes - On June 17th Amtrak announced the testing phase for roll-on bicycle storage on its new baggage cars. No more bike boxes! During field testing, the baggage cars will travel to Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and along the Northeast Corridor to undergo testing for speed, stability, braking and baggage handling. Amtrak riders enjoy the convenience of...
  • featured_southshore MPO circulates options for SouthShore circulator bus - In November, the Hillsborough MPO and HART kicked off the SouthShore Transit Circulator Study. The purpose of this study is to reevaluate the transit needs of this rapidly growing community south of the Alafia River. At three public meetings, residents and business people identified priorities and key destinations such as major retail centers, SouthShore Service...
  • featured-bus-transit Cross-County connections wanted! - The Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County MPOs have been working together to address the longer-distance mobility needs of the transportation disadvantaged in our large metropolitan area. Three workshops were held in each county, where a survey was distributed. The survey was also made available on multiple websites and via email distribution. On January 16, the...
  • featured-downtown-transit-assets-opportunities-study Downtown mulls transit assets & opportunities - Tampa’s urban core, made up of downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, is the hub of commerce, culture and government for the Tampa Bay region. A lot of people work here, but more and more people are choosing to live and play Downtown too. It’s the center of our existing transit network and is crisscrossed by...
  • featured_AirportAuth_logo TIA approves $417 Million for people mover - The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board approved a 2014 capital budget amendment to spend $928 million on projects implementing the first phase of the airport’s master plan, including the first phase of an automated people mover. “This is a significant step toward making our 20-year vision for Tampa International Airport a reality, as well as...
  • featured_Westshore_Gateway TBARTA sees Westshore & Gateway as “critical core” - The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) sees Westshore and Gateway as the core needed to achieve a world-class network. TBARTA is pursuing funding for high priority projects regarded as stepping stones to a stronger regional transportation network. Three of these “critical core” projects are in the Westshore business district: Replace the northbound span...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HARTPlus is going CNG - Starting this April, Hillsborough County residents can climb aboard and experience the newest HARTPlus paratransit van which is engineered with cleaner-burning and quieter Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) technology. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CNG-powered vans can produce approximately 25% fewer carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) than similar gasoline and diesel-powered vans. Also, Made-in-America...
  • featured_PolkCounty_logo Transit referendum slated for Polk voters - In February, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance authorizing a referendum to be voted on by Polk County voters in November 2014. If passed, the referendum would enable a one percent sales surtax to fund the MyRide/MyRoad initiative. The revenues from the tax would go into a dedicated trust fund, with...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART CEO Philip Hale announces retirement - After 42 years in the transit industry, HART CEO Philip Hale is retiring effective May 2, 2014. Philip Hale leaves the agency with a number of accomplishments during his tenure as HART CEO including: Record ridership – an almost 7% increase during his tenure The launch of MetroRapid – the first of its kind in...
  • featured_handicap_access Tampa man pushes independence for disabled people - Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff | December 21, 2013 The first thing you notice about Arizona Jenkins is the wheelchair. He has used one since childhood because of the cerebral palsy that paralyzes the left side of his body. The next thing you notice is the grin – so earnest, so toothy, so ever-present it...
  • featured-westshore Making Westshore Boulevard “Grand” - Westshore Boulevard is the primary north-south thoroughfare through the Westshore Business District. Over the years, the Westshore Business District has become the largest employment and retail center in West Central Florida. With a suburban style development pattern, Westshore Boulevard is a busy street with outdated accommodations and many design features since it was developed in...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Interstate construction update - Anyone traveling on our Interstates knows that the Florida DOT has a lot of work going on. Travelers often ask: when will the construction be done? FDOT recently issued a status report on projects recently completed or wrapping up: I-75 bridge deck replacement over Harney Rd: FDOT re-constructed both the northbound and southbound I-75 bridges...
  • featured_veterans_xway Vets Expressway goes all-electronic - The Florida Turnpike Enterprise has another big construction project underway, affecting northwest Hillsborough County and our northern neighbors. The Veterans Expressway/Suncoast Parkway widening and conversion to all-electronic tolling are on pace for completion within the next two years: Conversion to All Electronic Tolling When finished, the Veterans Expressway will double in size, with six general...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 FDOT considers options for SR 60 east - The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a Project Development and Environment Study (PD&E) for SR 60 from Valrico Road to the Polk County Line. The purpose is to identify and evaluate design concepts for six-laning the road and determine any potential effects on the natural and human environment. The study, which began in June...
  • featured_AirportAuth_logo Airport unveils new welcome feature - Tampa International Airport’s new 30-foot entrance sign construction is now finished and ready to welcome visitors with its LED light display and large “Spirit of Flight” airport logo. “This welcome feature is a wonderful new addition that we hope will enhance the experience for our visitors and bring an even greater sense of pride to...
  • featured_walk_pedestrian_signal Fletcher Avenue gets safer for people on foot - More than 1,400 pedestrians cross Fletcher Avenue each day. Between 2006 and 2010, the Sheriff’s Office reported 63 pedestrian accidents for the section of Fletcher from Nebraska Avenue to 50th Street. One of the highest pedestrian crash rates in unincorporated Hillsborough County, of these 63 crashes, three resulted in fatalities and 22 in incapacitating injuries....
  • featured_US_41_sign Bike lanes & sidewalks slated for US 41 - Last year, FDOT District Seven began a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study of US 41 (SR 45) in south Hillsborough County. The study focuses on a segment beginning at Kracker Avenue and extending to just south of SR 676 (Causeway Boulevard) – a distance of approximately 7.8 miles. US 41 is one of three...
  • featured_bicycle May is National Bike Month! - May is National Bike Month! Celebrate with a variety of cycling activities and events around the Tampa Bay area. Locally, the Tampa BayCycle campaign is brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the New North Transportation Alliance. “Through Tampa BayCycle, we want to offer a variety of opportunities for people to get on...
  • Bicycle Bash lauds local cycling heroes - Tampa Bay’s seventh annual Bicycle Bash, held April 6th at Cotanchobee Park in Downtown Tampa, featured awards for several local cycling heroes. Two of those recognized were Hillsborough County Detective Jennifer Shelton and Assistant State Attorney Barbara Coleman, who have been responsible for bringing dangerous drivers to justice. Nancy and Gary Chapin of St Petersburg...
  • featured_Alliance_Biking_Walking_logo 8 fascinating facts about bicycling and walking in the United States - The Alliance for Biking & Walking has produced a benchmarking report on walking and bicycling in all 50 states, 52 of the most populous cities, and 17 midsized cities.  Here is their peek at the eight most interesting trends: More information and the full benchmarking report
  • featured_Tampa_Airport_logo Tampa International Airport redefines “runway” - On a gorgeous Saturday morning, April 26th, TIA held its 2nd annual Tampa International Airport 5K Runway Fun Run . A maximum capacity of 1,500 participants (more than doubling last year’s crowd) had the opportunity to experience the smooth surface of Runway 1L/19R. All ages and levels of experience piloted their way down the massive...
  • featured_megabus_logo Megabus brings intercity service - As of May 15, Tampa residents are now able to travel express to and from Miami and Orlando for as little as $1, from the HART Marion Transit Center (MTC). By making other connections residents gain access to 120 cities across the USA, dramatically expanding the intermodal system at MTC. That was made possible through...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART has you covered - HART is fully committed to its progressive Bus Stop Improvement Program, which will make all bus stops ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant; not just for someone in a wheelchair, but anyone with any kind of mobility device. For the past couple of years, a route-by-route assessment has been underway for all of the agency’s...
  • featured-bus-transit Funding sought for Marion St transitway - HART is requesting $10,000,000 from the U.S. DOT in TIGER discretionary funds for the Marion Street Transitway Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project. This project will enhance the ‘livability’ of the Transitway for all modes of transportation for the continued growth of Downtown Tampa. If funded, the project will lead to: Stop Consolidation and Spacing. By reducing...
  • featured_BusPass_RiderBoarding HART’s summer blast pass is back! - For only $30, you can have freedom, and your kids can have some independence. The Summer Blast Pass allows kids 5-17 to have unlimited rides on HART service* from May 13 to August 31 for just $30! To pick up your Summer Blast Pass, stop by one of these HART locations: Downtown: HART on Franklin...
  • gas pump nozzle money Exchange your gas receipt for a FREE HART 1-Day pass on June 19th! - HART will join public transportation agencies across the country in the 9th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 19 by offering a free 1-Day Pass incentive to Tampa area riders. Customers can claim a free 1-Day Unlimited Pass, for use that day, in exchange for a gas receipt dated from May 1, 2014...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo TBARTA launches myRIDE this summer - Finding transportation options can be difficult, especially when you have special requirements. Do you know where to get that information? With TBARTA‘s myRIDE service, you can explore over 200 local and regional providers of transportation services – from on-demand medical transport to wheelchair-accessible vans with just one call or one click. Listings also include local...
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo MPO adopts $1.3 billion transportation improvement program - On June 3rd, the MPO approved the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the next 5 years, starting October 1, 2014. The TIP outlines the major transportation projects to be funded with State and Federal transportation funds. Over the next five years, the MPO’s local and state partners will spend more than $1.3 billion in State,...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign Buffered bike lanes for Fowler Ave - FDOT District 7 has announced that Fowler Avenue has been chosen to be part of the State’s Pilot Program for buffered bicycle lanes. Buffered bike lanes are similar to conventional bike lanes but with a cushion of extra space to keep bicyclists further away from moving traffic and the danger of car doors in the...
  • featured Expressway set to test automated cars - The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the Selmon Expressway is about to make history, again. Approved by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) , the Expressway has met the criteria to become an automated vehicle test bed. THEA is joining a small affiliation of...
  • featured_TampaPortAuth_2014 Port to expand container capacity - Article courtesy of Port Tampa Bay.   Port Tampa Bay is extremely pleased to announce that, after Gov. Rick Scott‘s signing of a funding package, the port authority will now have the funds to purchase new post-Panamax gantry cranes to expand throughput capacity at the port’s growing container terminal – a $12 million boon for...
  • featured_MiamiTriRail_logo Planes, trains, and autos under one roof -   Article by Alfonso Chardy, courtesy of Neuvo Herald. Now that the Port Miami tunnel has been dedicated and the reversible toll lanes on Interstate 595 have opened, a third major South Florida transportation project is headed toward completion. The massive Miami Intermodal Center, just east of Miami International Airport, is expected to be ready...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 We heard what you want… Now, tell us how to get there! - Turning challenges into opportunities for a thriving future  We have a great place to live, work, and play. There are lots of reasons why about half a million more people will live and work here by 2040. We’re a county filled great educational opportunities and neighborhood choices, from rural to urban living, and everything in...
  • featured_hurricane Building transportation resiliency - Tampa Bay has always been vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes. A Category 3 storm with winds of 111 to 129 mph could send water up to 21 feet deep surging inland. Even our monsoon-like summer rainstorms regularly floods low-lying roads. Adding to these hazards in the coming decades is sea level rise, which could...
  • featured-bus-transit Tampa among record-breaking cities - 2013 was a very good year for transit in the U.S., and Tampa was among a select group of cities reporting record ridership in 2013. Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report by the American Public...
  • featured_hurricane Special needs prep for hurricane season - In Hillsborough County, Special Needs (Medical) Shelters provide temporary emergency facilities capable of providing care to residents whose medical conditions exceed the capabilities of a Red Cross Shelter, but not severe enough to require hospitalization. To make sure there are enough facilities to accommodate residents who need evacuation assistance to a special needs shelter, it...
  • featured_BRT_Standard2012 MPO & FDOT plan for express buses in toll lanes - If you’ve ever wished for a helicopter to fly you over traffic snarls to your destination, the idea of a limited-stop express bus running in speed-controlled interstate toll lanes may appeal to you. The Hillsborough MPO has partnered with FDOT District 7 to study how this big idea could work in the I-275 and I-4...
  • featured_southshore MPO endorses SouthShore circulators - Last month, the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the SouthShore Transit Circulator Study. A joint effort of the MPO and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), the study recommends a combination of new routes and flex routes serving Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. Specifically, two new two-way loops would operate...
  • Featured Transportation Disadvantaged Hillsborough to have 600,000 transportation disadvantaged by 2040 - The MPO has almost completed the 2014 Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) for Hillsborough County. The Plan is updated each year to ensure that programs and services keep pace with the needs of the elderly, disabled and low income populations who cannot transport themselves. A combination of the County’s Sunshine Line and private contractors provide...
  • Imagine 2040 workshop Have your say about the future! - What does a good transportation system mean to you? The MPO has heard a lot of answers from citizens over the years — everything from “please fix the pavement” and “why can’t the traffic signals tell that I’m waiting?” to high speed ferries and automated people-movers. In this year’s update of our community’s long range...
  • featured_Bike_Route_Sign A new bike lane for a new economy - U.S. cities are discovering an unexpected tool to create new economic opportunities: the protected bike lane. The conventional bike lane is getting a makeover in American cities. No longer relying on just a few inches of white paint to give people on bikes a feeling of security and comfort on busy streets, modern protected bike...
  • featured-bicycle-safety Bicycle myths debunked - In a recent blog post, People for Bikes took a look at six common bicycle myths, and why they are not true. Check out the following Bike Myths Debunked:
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo 2014/2015 Transportation Improvement Program – Final Draft - On June 3, 2014, the MPO Board will hold a public hearing to adopt the 5-year Transportation Improvement Program.  Interested parties are encouraged to review the draft document and staff presentation listed below.   An opportunity for public comment will be provided during the public hearing.  Comments can be submitted in writing be sending an email...
  • Featured MPO logo Upcoming Medicaid changes June 1 - Beginning June 1, 2014 in Hillsborough County, most transportation of Medicaid clients to non-emergency medical appointments will no longer be provided through a contract between the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, and local for-hire vehicle operator MMG Transportation. Under new statewide policy, AHCA will work with managed-care...
  • featured_bike_lane Platt Street resurfacing may include bike lane - The City of Tampa is scheduled to start resurfacing Platt Street within the next six weeks. Plans show Platt Street with three lanes with a bicycle lane going westbound. The plan for Brorein/Cleveland Street is also near completion for three lanes with a buffered bicycle lane in the eastbound direction. Platt Street is not wide...
  • featured_ConstantContactAward 2013 All Star Award for us! - Thanks to you, we’ve made Constant Contact All Stars for two consecutive years! Thanks to all of our eNews subscribers, we have received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact, Inc. The standards for becoming an All Star this year were tougher than ever. Only the top 10% of Constant Contact’s half a million...
  • FDOT summit focuses on safety - FDOT District 7 held the Fourth Annual Safety Summit on March 5, 2014. It was well-attended with public officials, engineers, planners, health field representatives, and law enforcement. The Safety Summit: For more information, contact Gena Torres at 813-273-3774 x357.
  • featured_PlantCity_Seal_logo Collins Street Corridor Study honored - The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 22nd Annual Future of the Region Awards event on March 28th, 2014, at the Hilton St Petersburg Carillon Park. The Future of the Region Awards event highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. The City...
  • featured_ Sunshine Line gets glowing review - The Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) Annual Evaluation was approved by the MPO board in January based on a recommendation from its Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB). Doing business as the Sunshine Line, Hillsborough County provides limited transportation services to those who do not have the means or ability to transport themselves, and are dependent on...
  • featured_hurricane Making our transportation system more resilient - The Atlantic Hurricane season began on June 1st and as if on cue, Tropical Storm (TS) Andrea visited Tampa Bay on June 5th. The year before, TS Debby dumped nearly 20 inches of rain and exposed the vulnerability of Tampa Bay’s transportation network to inundation. Flooding closed Bayshore Boulevard for several days and disrupted traffic...
  • featured_Bicycle_Rodeo Gasparilla bike rodeo attracts young pirates - More than 200 kids and their parents registered and took part in the Gasparilla bike rodeo on Saturday, January 18th. Helmets were fitted and given away to 203 riders. Most of the youngsters went through a short bicycle course set up on beautiful Bayshore Boulevard, which was closed to traffic for the bike rodeo and...
  • featured_CourtneyCambell_aerial Courtney Campbell Trail grand opening - The Courtney Campbell Trail Grand Opening of the Hillsborough segment was celebrated on on November 16th at 9:00 a.m. FDOT District Seven Secretary Paul Steinman, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commission Chair Ken Hagan, and Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Corridor Advisory Committee Chair Bill Jonson participated in the ribbon cutting, marking the official opening...
  • featured-FDOT-logo FDOT funds priorities for next 5 years - FDOT presented its tentative list of projects to be funded over the next five years at a public hearing held on December 16th. With the annual update of the Work Program this year, FDOT announced the advancement of several projects along with additional funding for several MPO priorities. Most notable is the design and construction...
  • featured_CoastBikeShare Get ready to Coast around Tampa - What makes a city a great place to live? The City of Tampa believes the launch of its first bike sharing program will contribute to the Tampa’s livability. Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Coast Bike Share at a recent press conference, “Coast Bike Share is part of the equation in continuing to attract new jobs and...
  • featured_traffic_crash_icon East Hillsborough Avenue Study recommends safety measures - As a result of a county-wide review of severe crashes, the MPO recently studied East Hillsborough Avenue in more depth. Nearly half of all crashes in our county occur on roads like Hillsborough Avenue, major urban thoroughfares with many driveways and side streets. Crashes on these types of roads are more likely to result in...
  • featured_SR60_eastbnd MPO approves Brandon Boulevard study -  The MPO board approved the  Brandon Blvd/SR 60 study on  January 7, 2014, including a  number of recommendations to  make this busy highway safer and  easier to navigate by drivers,  bicyclists and people on foot. The study analyzed traffic and  crash data to identify trends and potential areas of concern. Issues identified included: Potential increase...
  • featured_FlDepTranLogo_2014 Florida focuses on walk bike safety - At a joint meeting in December, the BPAC and LRC (Bicycle/Pedestrian and Livable Roadways Committees) heard a presentation by FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway, who serves as FDOT’s Statewide Champion for Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety. Mr. Hattaway gave an update on statewide initiatives to improve biking and walking safety. In November 2011, FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad...
  • featured_LeagueAmerBicyclists_logo The League’s got safe bicycling tips & videos - The League of American Bicyclists has been teaching people to ride bicycles safely since the early 1970s. Check out these cool tips and videos, and learn to Ride Smart: Rules of the road Smart cycling tips Watch some videos
  • Imagine 2040 workshop Public Participation Plan Update - MPO announces 45-day public comment period The MPO is updating its Public Participation Plan (PPP), with a Public Review and Comment Period open until a Public Meeting to be held: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 2nd Floor, County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa The Hillsborough County MPO is committed to meaningful public...
  • Featured MPO logo Become a transportation advisor! - Citizen volunteers advise the MPO Board The Hillsborough MPO currently has openings on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). CAC members are volunteers who meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. to provide citizen perspective on community needs while evaluating long-range transportation proposals and recommending solutions to the MPO Board. The MPO CAC currently...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo TBARTA makes the commute to school a breeze! - As part of its “right-now solutions”, TBARTA has a Regional School Commute Program, to make the trip to and from elementary, middle, and high school easier for parents and students. This arrangement is with participating schools around Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Hernando Counties, where students travel longer distances, like at magnet or fundamental schools. In places...
  • Featured Rail FDOT Secretary says Tampa needs to plan for rail connection - Tampa is the “natural progression” for a future extension of the All Aboard Florida commuter rail service being developed between downtown Miami and Orlando International Airport, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said. Business and political leaders here “ought to be thinking about how they can create the climate, create the business environment that...
  • featured_Home_Show There’s no place like our home! - Partnering with Florida’s Largest Home Show to tell our story! The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are proud to announce a public – private partnership with Florida’s Largest Home Show produced by Turner Expositions. Beginning in 2014, at each of the Turner Home Shows, there will be a super-sized interactive display featuring what...
  • featured_MetroRapid_logo MetroRapid receives award for outstanding contribution - Each year the Planning Commission celebrates great planning and design throughout Hillsborough County at its Annual Planning & Design Awards. Among this year’s award winners was HART’s North/South MetroRapid corridor. Designed by Kimley-Horn and Associates and HDR Engineering, the MetroRapid corridor received an award in both the investment and planning categories for Outstanding Contribution to...
  • featured_HARTline_logo What’s ahead for transit? - In October HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) adopted a 10-year Transit Development Plan (TDP). The TDP actually consists of two plans, one based on the status quo and the other a vision plan. This update of the TDP reviews recent accomplishments and current projects, aligns the TDP with the current budget and financial projections....
  • featured_BusPass_RiderBoarding Transit Circulator Study kicks off - A dozen community stakeholders met on November 19th at the SouthShore Regional Library to kick off a Transit Circulator Study. The study is a joint effort of the Hillsborough MPO and HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority). The purpose is to plan for evolving transit needs in Apollo Beach, Boyette, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City...
  • featured_SunshineLine Counties collaborate for better access to human services - Three public workshops were held in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in November on the Tri-County Access Plan (TCAP).  Workshops included a presentation, structured exercises to collect feedback, and an open comment section for the public to weigh-in on public transportation. The Hillsborough Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board is scheduled to learn the results of these...
  • featured_SunRail_Logo Summit highlights transformational projects - More than 200 people packed the ballroom of the Tampa International Airport Marriott to be charged up by transformational projects in the Tampa – Orlando super region.  Convened by the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco MPOs, the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Summit featured dynamic federal, state, regional and private sector leaders. Hillsborough County Aviation Authority CEO Joe...
  • featured ChairMPO_CAC_award_sm Joe Amon: A decade of MPO leadership, A lifetime of giving - “The Remembrance of the good done those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.” -Demoustier With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Joe Amon, who passed away on November 27. Appointed to the MPO Citizens Advisory Committee in 2001 and serving as its Chair for a decade, Joe was an Air...
  • featured-imagine-2040 3500+ weigh in on Imagine 2040! - In November, we concluded our Imagine 2040 survey, adding up to our most successful public engagement campaign ever with more than 3,500 participants weighing in! You’ve spoken, and now we’re sifting through more than 91,500 choices, preferences, and comments, to produce a draft hybrid vision to the guide the Plan 2040 Transportation Plan and Comprehensive...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Thank you for your participation! - Imagine 2040’s big numbers & big ideas! It’s Thanksgiving time, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you who participated in Imagine 2040, making this the most successful public involvement response we’ve ever had! Man using kiosk to weigh in on Imagine2040     In coming weeks, we’ll be posting more...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2 - Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan The Long Range Transportation Plan directs federal and state dollars towards projects we value. It looks out at least 20 years and must be updated every five years. The MPO adopted the Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on November 12, 2014. But the 2040 Plan is a dynamic...
  • featured-FDOT-logo FDOT Five Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing Dec 16, 2013 - The Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven, invites you to participate in the Five-Year Tentative Work Program Public Hearing for Fiscal Years July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. The Tentative Work Program covers the next five years of preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, construction, and public transportation projects for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Help design Hillsborough’s ideal future - Do you care about our community’s future but don’t know how you can make a difference? We make it easy to help design Hillsborough’s ideal future. We’re inviting anyone who lives, works, or plays in Hillsborough County to use an online game-style survey designed to interactively rate and comment on a variety of strategies to...
  • Featured Meeting Regional Transportation Summit October 10th - Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 9:30-Noon Tampa Airport Marriott Ballroom Join regional MPO and transit leaders to gain a better understanding of major transportation developments in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay region, and how emerging plans for connectivity and transit in Tampa Bay may affect our ability to connect and develop as a Super...
  • featured_ Sunshine Line named best transportation coordinator - Hillsborough County’s Sunshine Line was recognized by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged as Florida’s  Urban Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) of the Year earlier this month. The Sunshine Line is the door-to-door para-transit service operated by the Board of County Commissioners. The Commission designates a CTC for each county in Florida.  CTCs are responsible for...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars CEOs & the public debate better transportation - The potential for major local transportation improvements is back in the news as Tampa, Plant City, Temple Terrace, and HART joined County Commissioners to explore how to position Hillsborough County to successfully compete in the marketplace to attract and retain jobs. Coupled with updates to all four local comprehensive plans and the upcoming update to...
  • featured_ferry High speed ferry on the horizon - Last month the Hillsborough MPO endorsed a high speed passenger ferry as a priority project. If funded as part of the MPO’s 2040 Plan, the ferry could be carrying commuters between Southshore and MacDill Air Force Base within the next several years. HMS Ferries, Inc. and Akerman Senterfitt are working with the County to establish...
  • featured_HARTline_logo HART app answers question: Where’s my bus? - HART recently launched a much-anticipated free app called OneBusAway Tampa. The app delivers up-to-the-minute details to transit riders, using GPS technology to tell them exactly where their bus is and if it is running on time. Sheryl Laxson, who has used HART for many years as her main source of transportation, volunteered to help test...
  • featured-bus-transit Regional Commuting Made Easy - Carpool (n.): an arrangement among a group of automobile owners by which each owner in turn drives the others or their children to and from a designated place. TBARTA, the regional transportation authority for the Tampa Bay Area, operates and provides assistance for those wanting to share trips, a.k.a. carpoolers, as well as those in...
  • featured_MetroRapid_logo MetroRapid fuels ridership gains - MetroRapid North-South bus service has proven to be a success. The service began full operations on June 10. In August, less than 90 days from its launch, HART announced that the area’s first rapid transit bus line has exceeded ridership expectations. Since opening, MetroRapid ridership has nearly doubled – averaging 1,929 daily riders in June...
  • featured_SunRail_Logo First SunRail cab arrives in Central Florida - Nine months before the SunRail commuter line begins service from DeBary to Orlando, the first cab car has arrived in Central Florida. The cab was built by Bombardier Inc., in Plattsburg, N.Y., and arrived by freight train this week at the SunRail Operations Control facility in Sanford, said Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson....
  • Seal of the City of Tampa Tampa to widen Cypress Street - In July, the City of Tampa kicked off plans to widen and make other enhancements to Cypress St from Dale Mabry Hwy to Himes Ave. Conceptual plans are expected in November 2013. Proposed improvements include: Widening of Cypress St to extend the outside eastbound through lane from Dale Mabry Hwy to Himes Ave Reconstruction of...
  • featured_ITS_sign Hillsborough County builds smarter roads - Employing the latest Intelligent Transportation System technology, Hillsborough County is making traffic flow more smoothly and safely on some of our busiest roadways. Traffic engineer Michael Flick recently briefed the MPO’s Citizens Advisory Committee on the County’s Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). The system uses traffic signals, cameras and sensors to feed information to the...
  • featured_ribboncutting Gornto Lake extension relieves traffic around Brandon mall - Hillsborough County’s opened the Gornto Lake Rd Extension to traffic last month.  County spokesperson Steve Valdez said that county officials had not expected the road extension to be completed until October or November, but with no need to adjust traffic during construction, “We’re coming in way early, and it’s so nice.” This is great news...
  • Honda Electric Vehicle Driverless vehicles – coming to a road near you? - Imagine vehicles that can steer, brake and drive themselves without the need for human intervention.  Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority Executive Director Joe Waggoner laid out that vision at the September 3rd meeting of the Hillsborough MPO, likening its impact to the introduction of railroads or automobiles. So-called “autonomous vehicles” could feature automatic braking, adaptive cruise control,...
  • bikesign_parkingmarker_Tampa Making a more bike & walk-friendly downtown - Major improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure are taking place in downtown Tampa. Several major streets now have new bike lanes, new segments of the Riverwalk are under construction, and plans are underway to build the Selmon Greenway under the Expressway. Downtown will be the “diamond on the Green ARTery‘s necklace” as that trail is...
  • featured_bike_pedestrian_Trail Upper Tampa Bay Trail grows new legs - Over 17 years in the making, construction of two legs of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail will begin by the end of 2013. Fondly referred to as segments “C-1” and “C-2”, the project entails 4.3 miles of trail. C-1 follows Lutz Lake Fern Rd., connecting to more than 50 miles of regional trail at the...
  • featured_Green_Artery_logo Green ARTery holds summit & celebration - September 28, 2013 was a full day of celebration as the Green ARTery encouraged everyone to get out and explore Tampa’s green spaces and trails. Mayor Bob Buckhorn opened the day at Fair Oaks Community Center for a fun morning of biking, walking, stroller-pushing, skateboarding children’s bike rodeo, bike safety / WalkWise clinics, bike helmet...
  • featured_USF_logo USF Bulls walk & talk safety - The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) held the second annual “Bulls Walk and Bike” week, September 9-13. USF students learned about Florida’s bicycle and pedestrian laws. The event promoted awareness of bicycle and pedestrian safety. The week-long activities kicked off with a press conference and stroll around campus with USF President Judy Genshaft. MPO...
  • featured-walk-bike WalkWise Tampa Bay spreads word about ped safety - WalkWise Tampa Bay is a grassroots initiative that provides innovative pedestrian safety education to the citizens of Tampa Bay. Pedestrian safety affects everyone. We are all pedestrians at some point during our day, whether walking through a parking lot after shopping, walking from home or work to a vehicle, walking for exercise or simply walking...
  • featured_median_landscape Walmart saves U.S. 41 median landscaping - George Wilkens, Tribune Staff – reprinted with permission from the Tampa Tribune. Lutz residents angered by a proposal to remove trees and other decorative landscaping in a median along a seven-mile stretch of U.S. 41 can relax – at least for a couple years. Working behind the scenes since the flap arose in January, Lutz...
  • featured_CoastToCoastConn Governor Scott breaks ground on Coast-to-Coast Trail - Last month in Titusville, Governor Rick Scott, local officials and trail enthusiasts broke ground on the latest section of Florida’s Coast-to-Coast trail. The $3.6 million segment is part of a trail that will stretch from Brevard County to St. Petersburg, and fills one of several key gaps.  Although Governor Scott vetoed full funding for the...
  • Featured MPO logo Dear Livable Roadways Committee: - Subject: Livable Intersections — Tampa’s new 22nd St Roundabout On the topic of “Livable Intersections,” I wanted to call attention to Tampa’s new low-speed one-lane modern roundabout on 22nd St. If you drive around it a few times and glance at your speedometer, you’ll notice your vehicle speed is probably about 15mph or even less....
  • featured StreetLightingTampa_sm Bright Lights, Safe Nights wins Planning & Design Award - On October 17, the Planning Commission celebrated the very best in planning in our community with its 31st Annual  Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric at Maestro’s at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. A wide variety of projects were recognized. An Award of Merit in the Investment Category was presented to...
  • featured-tampa-walk-bike-III Walk Bike Plan extends to New Tampa & Green ARTery - Phase III of Tampa’s Walk Bike Plan was approved by the MPO on October 1, 2013. This phase has two major objectives. The first objective is to complete a city-wide grid by identifying sidewalk and bikeway connections in the New Tampa area.  Intended for experienced commuters, this includes enhanced road crossings, marked lanes, and side...
  • featured_GandyBridge Public weighs in on Gandy Connector - The Gandy Connector is a concept for a 1.6 mile elevated toll road over the existing Gandy Blvd to connect the Selmon Expressway to the Gandy Bridge. It is part of the MPO’s Long Range Needs Plan, but is not funded. In response to public concerns, the MPO’s Policy Committee has been debating whether to...
  • featured_Pedestrian_traffic City to make Westshore Boulevard a complete street - The City of Tampa is looking at ways to make Westshore Blvd a “complete street.” This study will develop feasible “complete street” alternatives based on the recommendations from the Westshore District Public Realm Master Plan. This plan, developed by the University of South Florida’s Florida Center for Community Design and Research, provides a framework to...
  • featured-FDOT-logo Public invited to Howard Frankland hearings October 8th & 10th - The Florida Department of Transportation will hold public hearings on the replacement of the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge (I-275/SR 93) in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. This span of the bridge opened to traffic in 1959 and is nearing the end of its serviceable life. The proposed improvements involve replacement of the four-lane northbound I-275 Howard...
  • featured_Upper_TampaBay_Park_boardwalk Upper Tampa Bay Trail gets nod as top priority for funding - On July 12th, the West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee prioritized a list of regional multi-use trails. Their top priority is a long-awaited segment of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Known as Phase IV, the seven-mile stretch would finish the trail from Peterson Rd. to the North Suncoast Trail on Lutz-Lake Fern Rd. The...
  • Gandy Connector_With_Vehicles_People_nightshot Gandy Connector Concept (2013) - The MPO sought the public’s opinions on the Gandy Connector, an idea for an elevated, 2-lane toll road in the center of Gandy Boulevard. In the Spring and Summer of 2013, staff  brought information to the Policy Committee addressing the motion which was passed by the MPO Board to consider removing the Gandy Elevated Connector from...
  • featured_children_bike_crosswalk The link between childhood concentration and walking or biking to school - Sarah Goodyear, Feb 05, 2013 Every day outside my son’s Brooklyn school, no matter what the weather, you will see a distinctive pale blue bicycle locked to the rack. It belongs to a 7th-grade girl from a Dutch family whose members have stuck with their traditional practice of riding to school each day, despite finding...
  • featured_bike_pedestrian_Trail Green Artery Celebration Day & Workshop - Mark your calendar for September 28, 2013 for the Green Artery Celebration Day 2013! Join the Green Artery & Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a fun morning of biking, walking, stroller pushing, skateboarding. Special routes will be dedicated for wheelchairs & persons with disabilities. Four Green Artery Perimeter Trail Celebration Travel Routes are planned: Fair Oaks Community...
  • featured_traffic_crash_icon Hillsborough County Traffic fatalities drop but motorcyclists still a concern - There’s good news in Hillsborough County’s quest to reduce traffic fatalities.  The number of traffic deaths to date in 2013 is 75 persons.  Any number is too high, but when compared to the 102 people who died in 2012 at this same time, there has been a reduction of over 26%. A Fatality Reduction Team...
  • featured_bike_trail_map Trail Summit decides what’s next - Three watershed events in trail planning occurred by the end of 2012. The Tampa Riverwalk received a federal grant to complete construction of this 40-year-old vision. The Tampa Bypass Canal Trail, creating a “spine” through Hillsborough County, and connecting other trails, was found to be feasible. And the construction of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail...
  • featured_Bicycler_traffic_sign Tampa Bay’s annual Ride of Silence - On May 21st, cyclists gathered at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa sporting Wednesday night wearing reflective gear, helmets, and lights. These bicyclists decided to join the ride throughout downtown in an effort to raise awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety on the roadways. Approximately 65 riders attended the Ride To Silence. Participants were escorted...
  • featured_CoastToCoastConn Coast to Coast Trail Envisioned - Imagine cycling from Florida’s Space Coast all the way across the peninsula to the Pinellas Trail without ever having to share the road with automobiles. Later this year, a dedicated group of government officials and trail advocates will do just that to draw attention to the Coast to Coast Connector. The Coast to Coast Connector...
  • featured_USF_logo USF Bulls Walk & Bike Week Sept 9th – 13th - Join the MPO’s Livable Roadways Committee in celebrating non-motorized ways to get around and sharing safety tips with the next generation! September 9, 2013 @ 9:30am Kick Off Event and Press Conference. We will have booths and vendors on hand. Arrive early and get a free T-Shirt! (Marshall Center Amphitheatre). Walk with the Bulls! Join...
  • featured_PedestBike_warning_sign County implements ten safety projects - Funded by the Hillsborough County Commission, ten projects addressing walk and bike safety are moving closer to reality. Already completed improvements on Providence Road brought bike lanes from Bloomingdale Avenue to SR 60. Nine projects remain from the top-10 safety projects identified jointly by the MPO and Hillsborough County, including 56th St., 42nd St., Bearss...
  • featured_CourtneyCambell_aerial New trail along Courtney Campbell will be for bicycling and walking - The Courtney Campbell Causeway connecting Tampa and Clearwater is being repaved and enhanced, including the addition of new walk/bike paths physically separated from the road. The $23 million project along State Road 60 is being built by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), FDOT received $14.6 million in federal grant, which is dedicated for walking...
  • featured_SouthcoastGreenway_trail Hillsborough Commissioners mull funding South Coast Greenway - The South Coast Greenway may get funded in the County’s next budget, according to a report by Mike Salinero of the Tampa Tribune. The Greenway, which would eventually stretch all the way from Gibsonton to the Little Manatee River Preserve, is in line to receive $2.5 million, which would fund the first phase from 19th...
  • Honda Electric Vehicle USF Electric Vehicle Showcase - On May 31, the Patel College of Global Sustainability held a joint meeting of the Suncoast and Central Florida Electric Vehicle Associations in conjunction with the Sierra Club as part of its Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) programs.  The event kicked off in the USF Patel Center driveway with an electric vehicle display and...
  • featured_PhoneTexting_driving_ban Texting While Driving Banned in Florida - On May 28th, Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 52, making texting and driving a punishable offense on Florida roads. The bill strictly prohibits reading electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle. However, drivers may still view navigational devices, electronic maps, or safety alerts – such as those regarding weather – without fear of...
  • featured_FDOT_StartupLogo Roll Your Carpool into 10K Cash with Startup 275 - Thanks to FDOT and TBARTA teaming up to launch Startup 275, your carpool can do more than save you money, it could earn you big bucks! A creative campaign targeting would-be entrepreneurs who carpool along the I-275 construction zone between Westshore and downtown Tampa, Startup 275 is a new spin on carpooling that will earn...
  • featured_PlantCity_Seal_logo ‘Completing’ Plant City’s Collins Street - Back in 2000, the Florida Department of Transportation agreed to divert traffic around Plant City’s historic district by relocating the State Road 39/ I-4 interchange to Alexander Street and creating a new bypass for SR 39 north of I-4. The bypass project is now being built and scheduled for completion in 2014. Once completed, FDOT...
  • featured_FHWA_logo Welcome USDOT Secretary Foxx - Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, seen above with his wife and children, was officially was sworn in as the Secretary of Transportation on July 2nd on a Bible belonging to his great-grandparents. Foxx, who is the 17th US Transportation Secretary, inherits the job from Ray LaHood. The US Senate voted 100-0 in favor of Foxx’s nomination...
  • featured_RoadRepair_Signs Smooth Roads Ahead - Roadway resurfacing projects today include so much more than just new asphalt and a fresh coat of paint. Resurfacing projects underway like those on 56th Street and Hillsborough Avenue include safety features, travel reliability and mobility enhancements, in addition to a smoother ride. Technology improvements for better signal coordination using an Advanced Traffic Management System...
  • featured-TIP-transportation-improvement-program-logo MPO Board Adopts TIP - The MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program was adopted by the MPO Board on June 4th. Listing funding for key transportation projects over the next five years, the TIP becomes effective on October 1st. Nearly $2 billion in State and Federal funds are planned to be spent for transportation improvements in Hillsborough County by the MPO’s partner...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars MPO Advisory Council Recommends Paying Per Mile - Imagine paying for every mile you drive… Every mile driven to work, the grocery store, or a night on the town gets taxed. The concept isn’t so farfetched. A statewide transportation advisory group is asking the State Legislature to begin moving Florida toward a system requiring people to pay for every mile they drive. In...
  • featured_Cooperation Leaders Work Together to Tackle Key Issues - “I’m all in,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the May 22 Workshop on Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Transportation. This Leadership Policy Group, including the Mayors from Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and the HART Chair, was invited by the the Board of County Commissioners to work together toward common economic and transportation solutions for...
  • featured_UnivArea_Map MPO Proposes USF Area Circulator Options - After a year-long study, the MPO has proposed five options for traveling around the USF Area by small circulator buses.  The University Area Transit Circulator Study looked at travel patterns and identified needed circulation improvements and opportunities for public/private collaboration.   The University Area is a focal point for redevelopment. New circulator service would improve...
  • featured_MetroRapid_logo First Ride on MetroRapid - by Brandon Henry, USF student / planning intern MetroRapid, Hillsborough County’s first foray into a Bus Rapid Transit service, had its official public debut May 28. From a passenger’s viewpoint, MetroRapid has a lot of promise for your average commuter. From 15-minute frequency to quick service, it covers a 17.5 mile route in about an...
  • featured_TBARTA_logo TBARTA Master Plan 2013 Update - TBARTA (Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority) updates its Master Plan every other year. This ensures the vision continues to reflect the needs and desires for a balanced transportation system that will improve mobility of passengers and freight throughout the region.  The 2013 Master Plan Update is a minor update to refine the transit, freight, and roadway networks,...
  • featured_MV1_HARTvan New MV-1 Paratransit Vehicle - HART is investing in the future with distinctive looking MV-1 vehicles, which look like a cross between a boxy hybrid SUV and a minivan. There are a number of smart, budget-conscious, customer-centric reasons to transition to the MV-1: Savings and comfort! The MV-1 costs less, has better fuel economy, and is more comfortable A pioneer,...
  • featured_BRT_Standard2012 TOD Committee Focuses on Bus Rapid Transit and Development - Earlier this year, HART established a committee to explore the potential for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines to stimulate transit oriented development (TOD). The committee comprises the public and private sector, including realtors, builders, economic development experts, community redevelopment managers, and staff from the Planning Commission and MPO. Chaired by Tampa City Councilman and HART...
  • concrete bridge COST Advocates Effective Transportation & Transparency - In March, Hillsborough Rides profiled Connect Tampa Bay, a grassroots transit advocacy organization.  This issue, we highlight another group with a distinctly different take on transit, adding its voice to the ongoing dialogue about our transportation alternatives.  The MPO welcomes constructive suggestions from all individuals or groups. Citizens Organized for Sound Transportation (COST) has emerged...
  • featured_SunshineLine Sunshine Line Earns Commendation - The Board of County Commissioners recognized the Sunshine Line for consistently high standards over the past five years, meeting or exceeding all minimum industry standards for reliability, being on time, and safety. Annually, the Sunshine Line provides 200,000 door-to-door trips for clients to get to medical facilities, aging services, daycare, and senior nutrition sites. Non-medical...
  • featured_BusPass_RiderBoarding Five Counties, One Farecard - A working group consisting of HART technical, operations,  and marketing staff as well and regional representatives from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Polk County Transit Services, and the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) has been formed with the goals of: Understanding the current market for both the fare box technology and the technological...
  • featured_AllAboardFlorida_logo Former Disney Exec to Run Statewide Rail Project - All Aboard Florida, a privately funded $1 billion passenger railroad project that would connect Orlando to Miami, and possibly Tampa, named onetime Disney executive Donald Robinson co-president and chief operating officer. A wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries, All Aboard Florida also promoted executive P. Michael Reininger to president and...
  • featured-traffic-congestion-cars TomTom beats about congestion - How bad our traffic was on Friday, February 17, 2012?  According to TomTom, it was worst day last year in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. How do they know? TomTom is a major maker of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.  Over the past six years, they have captured over six trillion anonymous speed measurements from...
  • featured-bus-transit Public Transportation reached new heights in 2012 with 10.5 Billion Rides - Ridership on buses, subways and other modes of public transportation in the USA rose 1.5% to 10.5 billion trips last year, the highest annual total since 2008, according to a new report. Although Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath slowed ridership on some of the nation’s largest transit systems, at least 16 systems reported record ridership...
  • Hillsborough County logo County Commission forms Transportation Leadership Group - After listening to the public comment for more than an hour, on March 20th the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to establish a leadership group made up of themselves, the mayors of Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace, and HART’s Chairman. The group will hold a series of workshops to discuss Hillsborough County’s...
  • CURRENT  CCClogo - 3 in CCC endorses Top 10 transportation initiatives for our region - In a historic meeting on March 15, the council of MPOs, known as the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, representing the eight counties in West Central Florida agreed on the next big things in transportation. The action came after the list of ten strategic initiatives was independently endorsed by each of the region’s MPOs.   The...
  • Ground Breaking of Tampa Gateway Rail Transit Gateway Rail Project wins Regional Award of Distinction - On March 25th, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council awarded the Tampa Port Authority its 2012 Charles A. McIntosh, Jr. Award of Distinction for the Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal project. The Gateway Rail Facility supports national and State of Florida renewable energy policies by promoting domestic ethanol production and reducing dependence on foreign energy sources....
  • East Hillsborough Ave Concept Join us to discuss East Hillsborough Avenue - East Hillsborough Avenue, from Interstate 275 to east of 50th Street, was identified through the MPO’s Congestion Management/Crash Mitigation Process as an important multimodal corridor with persistent safety and mobility issues. In addition to serving as an essential roadway connecting two interstates, Dale Mabry Highway, and northern Pinellas County, Hillsborough Avenue will be part of...
  • featured_Conceptual_PedestrianFriendly MPO endorses crash reduction strategies - In March, the MPO Board received a study on strategies to reduce crashes on some of Hillsborough County’s most heavily-traveled roads. One way to alleviate traffic congestion is to make it less unpredictable by reducing the frequency and severity of crashes which can cause delay and a host of other social and economic impacts.  Another...
  • Westshore TIA transit stop Better transit to Westshore, Tampa International Airport and beyond - The Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport (TIA) could be a focus for rapid transit connections, if planned projects come to pass. These plans include FDOT’s study for a rapid transit connection from Pinellas as part of a new span for the Howard Frankland Bridge, TBARTA’s study of BRT or express buses in the...
  • TIP logo Bus, Bike & Ped projects move ahead - New projects continue to receive funding. The MPO has recently added several projects to the Transportation Improvement Program benefiting from competitive grant applications or as a result of lower than expected bids on other projects statewide. In February, the MPO acknowledged the more than $8 million HART was awarded from two Federal Transit Administration grant...
  • Westshore TIA transit stop Location, location, location… - The New Real Estate Mantra – Location Near Public Transportation investigates how well residential properties located in proximity to fixed-guideway transit have maintained their value as compared to residential properties without transit access between 2006 and 2011 in five regions: Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The selection of these places for the...
  • featured_FHWA_logo MPO awarded Resiliency Grant - The Federal HighwayAdministration (FHWA) selected the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in collaboration with the Planning Commission, Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the University of South Florida, to be a pilot project to assess our transportation system’s resiliency to extreme weather.  The project’s purpose is to develop strategies to offset...
  • featured_ConstantContactAward International All-Star Recognition - Thanks to you, we have been chosen as a Constant Contact All Star!– So, what is Constant Contact? It’s the way we send out our ePublications, as well as most of our meeting and event notices. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who successfully leverage...
  • featured_Audience_Imagine2040 Imagine 2040 Working Group says: Our community needs clear Vision! - Several rounds of questions were posed to the Imagine 2040 Working Group at its first visioning workshop held on February 12. Eager participants used hand-held electronic voting devices  to express themselves. The group spoke loudly when asked: “Does this community have a clear vision for the future?” 56% voted “No” with only 16% voting “Yes.”...
  • Featured Bicycle Pedestrian Q: What’s the easiest way to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods? - A: The Green ARTery The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Tampa partnered to develop the Tampa Walk-Bike Plan. Two phases of the Tampa Walk-Bike Plan have been completed:  Phase I identified candidate projects to connect the surrounding neighborhoods to each of the City’s three major business centers (Downtown, Westshore, and USF) and...
  • TIA expansnmodel_sm Tampa International Airport Master Plan seeking public comment - The public was invited to attend an open forum on the Tampa International Airport Master Plan in October 2012. Consultant HNTB shared the latest details on the proposed Master Plan, including suggested changes to the existing facilities and land usage. The centerpiece of the plan so far: A consolidated rental car center near the entrance...
  • featured ChairMPO_CAC_award_sm Thank you, Chair Amon, for 10 years of service! - Joe Amon was appointed by the Tampa Port Authority to serve on the MPO’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) in 2001. A geo-technical engineer with Ardaman & Associates, Joe was elected Chair of the CAC in February 2003. Supported by his wife, Debby Amon, in his CAC duties, he has been re-elected every year until this...
  • New TPA Director New Port CEO on board - In December, the Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to hire A. Paul Anderson as the authority’s new port director and chief executive, succeeding Richard Wainio, who had served in the position since March 2005. Most recently the port director at the Port of Jacksonville, Mr. Anderson has a distinguished, 30-year professional career...
  • featured Time4Review_Icon_sm How are we doing? - It’s time for our Federal Certification Review, and we need you to weigh in on the transportation planning process! The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit  Administration (FTA) conduct reviews of designated Transportation Management Areas (TMAs). The primary purpose is to certify that the TMA is satisfactorily meeting the planning requirements as defined...
  • Intermodal_frieghtYard_sm MPO studies connections to CSX Intermodal Yard - The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven, conducted a Freight Sub-Area Study focusing on the CSX Intermodal (CSXI) Terminal in East Tampa and general truck circulation within the area between Columbus Dr, Orient Rd, 50th St (US 41) and the terminal. The roadway connections within this...
  • featured StreetLightingTampa_sm Tampa launches Bright Lights, Safe Nights program - Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced in October an initiative to add 8,400 new streetlights in the city over the next five years. Tampa plans to spend $2.2 million increasing the total number nearly 30% above the current 30,000 streetlights. Buckhorn’s “Bright Lights, Safe Nights” program takes on a problem that contributed to the death of a...
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