All posts tagged FDOT

Regional Transit Feasibility Plan

The three most populated counties in the seven-county Tampa Bay area are Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. County lines are blurred when you are traveling. That’s why transportation planning must take a more regional approach. This plan will build on decades of planning and bridge the gap between the vision for transit throughout the region….

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Trails Summit brings region together

Dozen of communities are coming together to create a continuous trail along the West Coast of Florida, which will connect to the new Coast-to-Coast Trail, and Hillsborough has an important role. As described by Hillsborough MPO Executive Planner Michele Ogilvie at the Gulf Coast Regional Trail Summit in Venice organized by the Tampa Bay Area…

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FDOT funds walk/bike safety projects

At the beginning of January, FDOT District 7 unveiled its five year work program and it contained many of the priorities listed in the MPO’s Imagine 2040 Transportation Plan. The MPO developed the long-range plan from listening to what people throughout the county see as our greatest transportation needs. Each year, after learning how much…

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FDOT funds projects countywide

When FDOT’s draft Tentative Work Program came out, listed among the District’s most important transportation projects was funding for many of the MPO’s highest priorities. The funded projects span the entire county with projects in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough. They also fell nicely into the categories the MPO developed in anticipation…

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Street News

A quick overview of four local street improvement projects in Hillsborough County.

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Rush Hour: Bus faster than a Porsche

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now permits and encourages buses running on the interstate shoulders. Issuing guidance for District offices and transit agency partners, FDOT describes steps to evaluate and consider the use of interstate shoulders for operating buses. Shoulder-running buses have been bypassing interstate traffic jams for decades in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where they…

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New bridge helps tidal flow

Recognizing that Old Tampa Bay is still considered to be the bay’s “problem child,” the Florida Department of Transportation is proposing to build a 200-foot bridge, replacing part of the Courtney Campbell Causeway just west of the Ben T. Davis Beach to restore tidal flows and improve water quality. The Southwest Florida Water Management District,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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