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A fond farewell to Rich Clarendon and congratulations to promoted staff

February 2022 – The TPO is celebrating three individuals for their hard work but for two different reasons: a fond farewell and two promotions. The fond farewell goes out to TPO Assistant Executive Director Rich Clarendon, AICP. His career in the planning industry spans 30 years, witnessing pivotal moments in the TPO’s legacy like the…

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How should local governments work together to best serve the residents of Hillsborough County?

February 2022 – On January 1, 2022, Planning Commission staff initiated a text amendment to update the Intergovernmental Coordination Element (ICE) of the Future of Hillsborough County: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Last updated in 2008, the proposed language for the Intergovernmental Coordination Element provides an over-arching framework to ensure planning activities and other…

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TIP Amendment for HART Maintenance Facility and Gibsonton Dr Widening Study

February 2022 – The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will consider a series of Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments to fund the construction of a new HART facility and a study that will look at widening Gibsonton Dr. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) request, if approved, would add the amendments to the 2021/22-2025/26 TIP…

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Take the Storm Evacuation Study survey

February 2022 – The TPO’s Storm Evacuation Study is still underway, and we want to hear from you! Help us investigate solutions that improve evacuation by taking a brief survey. Your feedback on some possible solutions can make hurricane evacuations better for everyone in our county. Take the survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6698840/Hillsborough-Storm-Evacuation-Scenarios

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Annual update of Safety Performance Targets

February 2022 – Setting traffic safety performance targets is one way the TPO can help achieve Hillsborough County’s long-term goal of zero traffic deaths. That’s why the annual update of the TPO’s Safety Performance Targets is such a critical project. Based on how much government invests in safety, these targets represent an annual reduction in…

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Plan Hillsborough’s 2021 Annual Report is ready for your perusal

Annual Report Learn about our special projects, ongoing work, and behind-the-scenes successes accomplished in 2021. Throughout this unprecedented time, our agency has continued to work together and collaborate with our local partner governments, citizens, stakeholders, boards, and committees in a hybrid environment to ensure our communities continue to thrive. Plan Hillsborough – 2021 Annual Report…

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A fond farewell to Tony Garcia

January 2022 – This month, we are saying goodbye to Tony Garcia after a planning career that spanned 28 years. His first job at the Planning Commission was as a Community Planner in the Research Department. He did population projections, produced the TRENDS report and created pie charts, tables and developed the first PowerPoint presentation…

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TPO Board approves nine TIP amendments

January 2022 – The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) passed nine Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments to fund projects on I-75, I-4, State Road 60, US 301, and South Dale Mabry Highway. Requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the projects would involve safety and operational adjustments, lighting projects, railroad crossing alterations, and pedestrian…

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Introducing the State of the System Report for 2021

January 2022 – Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) staff updated the State of the System Report and presented it to the TPO Board for approval in January 2022. The State of the System 2021 represents the current conditions of Hillsborough County and how the system has been performing since the last update in 2018. This…

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Urban Air Mobility Regional Modeling and Mobility Simulation Tool

January 2022 – If air taxis come to Tampa, where should they land? Access to destinations, local transit connections, and avoiding the flight paths of large and small airports all factor in. Over the last year, the TPO has beta-tested an air taxi siting tool created by NASA to help local governments and support the…

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Plan Hillsborough shares holiday spirit

December 2021 – On December 17, Plan Hillsborough staff were joined by a spouse, a daughter, a grandson, and a cat to spread holiday cheer throughout Whispering Oaks Nursing Home. Our staff donated and delivered 30 gift packages filled with much needed personal items and warm wishes before caroling throughout the facility. This Plan Hillsborough…

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TPO Board to consider nine Transportation Improvement Program amendments

December 2021 – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has requested $3.5 million in Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments. The Hillsborough TPO will consider nine TIP amendments to fund projects on I-75, I-4, State Road 60, US 301, and South Dale Mabry Highway. The projects would involve safety and operational adjustments, lighting projects, railroad crossing…

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Updated transportation plan addresses needs of disadvantaged riders

December 2021 – The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged approved Hillsborough’s new Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP), which continues our local commitment to transportation services for persons with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with lower incomes. Updated annually, this state-required plan provides a needs assessment of local program services, socio-economic data on the transportation…

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World Day of Remembrance

November 2021 – Dozens of community members gathered on Sunday, Nov. 21 for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to honor individuals who died in pedestrian and bicycle crashes this year. Participants held signs with the names of their loved ones as they silently walked along Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Called the…

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