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What is the 2035 Vision?

The 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a multi-modal plan full of choices that reflect and support the way we want to live and travel. We are well-connected among places where people live, work, shop, and play in the Tampa Bay region. Our accessible streets are lined with green and paved with space for people, bicycles,…

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Rail & Bus

The 2035 Plan includes a light rail system integrated with a bus system that is more frequent and goes more places than it does today.  Both would be supported by a penny sales tax that must be approved by Hillsborough County voters.

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Growth & Jobs

More JOBS. 47,500 An efficient transportation system is an economic engine and a job creator. Not only does transit attract new employers to our region – building it also creates jobs! According to the American Public Transportation Association, for every billion dollars invested in public transportation, 47,500 jobs are supported, including construction, operations and maintenance,…

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Public Participation Plan & Measures of Effectiveness Report

The 2020 Amendments to the Public Participation Plan and the Measures of Effectiveness Report are available and were adopted by the MPO Board on June 30, 2020. 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…

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Get Involved in Transportation

We Value Your Opinion Can we share rides to work in a carpool or vanpool?  Can we live close enough to our jobs to walk or ride a bike to work?  Do we invest in rail transit?  We need your help in deciding  what’s important. We want to hear from you.  Learn more from this…

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FDOT Five-Year Draft Work Program

District Seven of the Florida Department of Transportation develops a five-year program of projects for the five-county area that includes Hillsborough County. DRAFT FDOT Tentative Work Program FYs 2014 – 2018 (as of 11-28-2012) Included is a report showing federal funding obligated to specific projects in Hillsborough County for the latest fiscal year ending in…

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Regional Connections

Megaregions As metropolitan regions continued to expand throughout the second half of the 20th century their boundaries began to blur, creating a new scale of geography now known as the megaregion. Interlocking economic systems, shared natural resources and ecosystems, and common transportation systems link these population centers together. As continued population growth and low density…

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University Area Transit Study (2013)

Would you like more and better public transit options for getting around the University of South Florida Area? Which destinations need better transit service? Who will use the service? How could it be funded? This study explores these and other questions related to a better system of using transit to circulate around the USF area….

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West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee

Regional Transportation Planning Florida’s transportation challenge lies in finding innovative ways to get people where they want to go – easily, efficiently, economically, and with concern for our region’s fragile and unique environment. For many Florida communities, this task has become particularly challenging because of the dramatic growth in population and tourism during the last…

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Policy Committee

The MPO Policy Committee meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.  All meetings are open to the public and begin an opportunity for public comment. It consists of at least five members of the MPO who act as a sounding board for issues that will be brought to the MPO…

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2035 Plan News

Post Referendum Analysis Following the November 2010  referendum in which voters rejected a tax for a wide array of transportation improvements, the MPO decided to revisit the long range plan and explore why people voted the way they did.  A county-wide penny sales tax was assumed in the 2035 Plan as the way to pay for…

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Citizens Advisory Committee

The MPO’s CAC provides information and expresses overall community values and needs in the transportation planning process.  It evaluates and proposes solutions from a citizen’s perspective, and furnishes knowledge gained through the CAC back to local groups. The CAC consists of citizen volunteers.  They represent a broad spectrum of social and economic backgrounds.  Members are…

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Paying for the Plan

The “cost affordable” 2035 Plan is financially balanced, meaning that the estimated costs of future projects can be covered by  funding that will be available in the future. What Was Assumed in the 2035 Plan? A new funding source – in the form of a penny sales tax  – is a major assumption underlying the…

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Unified Planning Work Program

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) sets out the transportation planning activities and products to be developed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization and other transportation planning agencies for the current and next fiscal year. MPO planning functions are paid for in large part through federal grants for transportation planning. So are some Florida Department of…

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Lane Operations Study

Faced with the challenges of worsening congestion and limited funding, the MPO’s  Crash Mitigation/Congestion Management Process is focused around three goals: Improving reliability – Congestion cannot be eliminated, but making our roads less unpredictable reduces negative impact on the economy and quality of life. Shifting trips to non-single-occupancy modes – This goal is to improve system-wide efficiency…

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