It’s time for our Federal Certification Review

December 2020 –  Held every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct reviews of designated Transportation Management Areas. The Tampa Bay TMA is made up of the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs. The primary purpose of the review is to certify that the TMA is satisfactorily meeting the planning requirements as defined in Federal laws and regulation. The certification also provides FHWA and FTA the opportunity to add value to the TMA’s planning processes through the sharing of best or innovative planning practices, techniques, and/or technology.

The Federal Certification Review Team will hold a review meeting with Hillsborough MPO, HART, and FDOT on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Due to the pandemic, this review meeting will be held virtually. As part of our certification, our federal review team would like to hear from you! Public comments are a vital element of the certification review, as they allow citizens to provide direct input on the transportation planning process for their transportation planning area.

Please share your thoughts on the Hillsborough MPO’s work by submitting comments any of the ways listed below:

  • FACEBOOK | Comment in the discussion tab of the MPO Facebook certification event page:
  • TWITTER | Use #HillsboroughMPOfcr
  • U.S. MAIL | Address to: Hillsborough MPO, Attn: Beth Alden, Executive Director, P O Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601
  • EMAIL |
  • CALL-IN LIVE | Call 813/756-0371 during the virtual review meeting to speak to the review team directly from 11:45a-12:15p on 1.21.21. Time limits apply based on response.
  • VOICEMAIL | Leave a voicemail message at 813/756-0371 (will be transcribed and forwarded)
  • FEDERAL WEB PAGE | Go to: Comments can be submitted by clicking on Tampa Bay TMA and state that you are providing comments on the Hillsborough MPO.
In all cases, state that you are providing comments on the Hillsborough MPO or on twitter/social media, use: #HillsboroughMPOfcr
The deadline for providing comments is Saturday, February 20, 2021.


All public comments were considered in the 2017 federal report on the TMA’s performance, posted below:

2017 MPO Federal Certification Review Report

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Johnny Wong,, or 813/699-7370 or Lynn Merenda,, or 813/547-3342 with the Hillsborough MPO. Members of the federal review team can be reached at:

Teresa Parker | Transportation Planning Specialist – Federal Highway Administration | 407/867-6415 |

Brittany Lavender | Community Planner – Federal Transit Administration | 404/865-5600 |

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