On the future of transportation…

September 2017 – On October 12 at 1:30 pm, the floor of the Hillsborough MPO’s Intelligent Transportation Systems committee will belong to Tampa’s lead traffic engineer, Vik Bhide, who will discuss upcoming projects of the Smart Cities initiative. Smart Cities is a global effort to effectively use data and technologies to improve quality of life, especially as it pertains to the transportation network. Major investments in Hillsborough County hint at a transportation future which makes use of intelligent road design, data analytics, and emergent technologies to optimize space on our highways, free drivers of wasted hours in roadway congestion, and create safer conditions for all travelers.

On October 26 at 2 pm, the Hillsborough MPO will host the second meeting of the Regional Big Data Working Group. Participants from around the Tampa Bay region will convene to discuss wants and needs of an innovative shared mobility data portal capable of generating insights on transportation problems. Development of the shared data portal will be a critical first step in accommodating both intelligent infrastructure and operational improvements to the network.

To  continue elevating the Smart Cities conversation to smart regions, Forward Pinellas is hosting a Transportation Technology Forum at Ruth Eckerd Hall on September 28 at 9 am, where State Senator Jeff Brandes will kick-off a discussion about technologies deployed on State Road 60 in Pinellas County.

Hillsborough MPO committee meetings are held on the 18th floor of the County Center building at 601 E Kennedy Boulevard in Downtown Tampa. All meetings are open to the public.

Please contact Johnny Wong at 813-273-3774 x370 for more details.

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