The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), formerly the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is a transportation policy-making board mandated by federal and state law. The Hillsborough TPO is directly responsible for making sure federal and state dollars spent on existing and future transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. Committed to meaningful public engagement throughout this process, the TPO is responsible for establishing priorities to meet short-term (next 5 years) and long-term (20+ years) multi-modal transportation needs for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and unincorporated Hillsborough County.
The TPO Board and Committees are guided by a set of by-laws and are certified by the federal government every four years.
The TPO Policy Committee was created in 1992 as a subcommittee of the full TPO Board. Its membership is made up of TPO Board Members. Originally called the “ISTEA Subcommittee,” its purpose was to provide the Board an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). Since 1992, the committee has changed its name to the TPO Policy Committee to better reflect its widened scope of discussion on various issues. The Policy Committee acts as a sounding board for issues that will be brought to the TPO Board for action. In a less formal setting, members can ask questions and more fully discuss upcoming TPO action items. The Committee also provides guidance to the TPO staff on policy matters.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The CAC consists of citizen volunteers appointed by each of the TPO Board members, plus one citizen representing the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board and at-large seats designated for individuals of Hispanic and African American descent, a person under age 30, a woman, and representatives of neighborhoods and the business community. Many of the CAC members are active in homeowners, business, or other civic associations. Anyone is welcome to attend, and Hillsborough County residents interested in serving on the CAC are encouraged to apply for membership.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The TAC is composed of technically qualified representatives employed by, or associated with, a public or semi-public agency for the purpose of planning, programming and/or engineering of the transportation system within the Hillsborough TPO area boundary. It is responsible for assisting in the development of transportation planning work programs; for coordinating transportation planning and programming; for review of all transportation studies, reports, plans and/or programs, and making recommendations to the TPO, based upon the technical sufficiency, accuracy, and completeness of transportation related studies, plans and/or programs.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
The BPAC’s mission is to make Hillsborough County a safer and more pleasurable place to bicycle and walk. The committee makes recommendations to the TPO on bicycle and pedestrian-related issues. Twenty volunteers comprise the BPAC. Twelve seats are held by at-large members (citizens) who are appointed by the TPO. The remaining eight seats are held by representatives of local agencies, cities and county. Volunteers are encouraged to participate on the BPAC and any of its subcommittees.
Livable Roadways Committee (LRC)
The LRC is an interdisciplinary group of volunteers from the public and private sectors who represent local governments, government agencies, companies, citizen groups and professional organizations. The committee strives to create a transportation system that balances design and aesthetics with issues of roadway safety and function. It reviews transportation and roadway plans and policies, making recommendations for improvement. The committee discusses topics related to transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and roadway design, safety and function. Focused on streetscape beautification, site and building design, landscape, environmental protection, preservation and signage, the committee is committed to considering all modes of transportation in the recommendations it makes.
Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB)
Chaired by a TPO member, the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board is composed of 18 members representing agencies and boards, citizens and a representative from the private transportation industry. A sampling of the agencies represented includes Blind Services, Children and Families, Elder Affairs, public schools and Veteran’s Affairs, among others. The TDCB guides and coordinates local transportation services with the goal of improving quality of life for the elderly, those who have physical or mental disabilities, children at risk, and the economically disadvantaged.
Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee (ITS)
The ITS Committee is composed of technically qualified representatives of agencies involved in the planning, programming, engineering and/or implementation of intelligent transportation systems projects in Hillsborough County. The ITS Committee is responsible for assisting in the development of ITS planning work programs, as well as reviewing related studies, reports, plans, projects (including consistency with regional architecture and other standards and/or programs) and making recommendations to the TPO and/or other agencies. The ITS Committee recommendations to the TPO are based upon the technical sufficiency, accuracy, and completeness of studies, plans and/or programs.
Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group (TMA)
There is a role for a TMA-focused group, not currently performed by any existing transportation organization. That role includes developing regional consensus priorities for the TMA, especially in the allocation of federal & state funds. The group will focus on major cross-county transportation markets and traffic movements, and on helping the Tampa Bay metropolitan area speak with one voice in discussions of regional transportation prioritization issues and financial resources.
First-year tasks will include developing TMA priorities and at least one project that demonstrates that the Leadership Group can effect change. Potential candidates for an initial project include managed lanes with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a major tri-county spine.
The Leadership will comprise three members of each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board as voting members, and non-voting advisors from FDOT and TBARTA. The staff support group will comprise staff of these agencies and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the latter as needed.
The TMA Leadership Group acts in an advisory role to each of the three MPOs. Leadership members will be responsible for conveying concerns of their respective MPOs to the TMA group, and for conveying TMA group discussion and recommendations back to the MPOs.
This group’s work will be staffed jointly by the staff of the three MPOs. Meeting locations and conference calls will be arranged by the Hillsborough MPO, and agenda packets will be distributed by the Pinellas MPO. Public notice for meetings will be provided by all three MPOs according to their typical procedures.
Please note that members change frequently. Please check with the MPO Administrative Assistant Cheryl Wilkening at 813/272-5940 to verify current MPO or committee members.
|Transportation Planning Organization Board||Representing / Appointed By|
|Transportation Planning Organization Board||Representing/Appointed By|
|Councilman||Guido||Maniscalco||Tampa City Council|
|Vice Chair||Mayor||Andrew||Ross||City of Temple Terrace|
|Scott||Drainville||HART Board of Directors|
|Councilman||Alan||Clendenin||City of Tampa Mayor|
|Councilmember||Lynn||Hurtak||Tampa City Council|
|CEO||Greg||Slater||Tampa - Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|CEO||Paul||Anderson||Port Tampa Bay|
|Ms.||Jessica||Vaughn||Hillsborough County School Board|
|Policy Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mayor||Andrew||Ross||City of Temple Terrace|
|Vice Chair||Commissioner||Michael||Owen||Hillsborough County|
|Alternate||Mr.||Paul||Anderson||Port Tampa Bay|
|Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group||Representing/Appointed By|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Commissioner||Pat||Kemp||Hillsborough County|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Mayor||Andrew||Ross||Temple Terrace|
|Hillsborough MPO Rep.||Councilwomen||Lynn||Hurtak||City of Tampa|
|Alternate Rep.||Mr.||Joe||Lopano||Aviation Authority|
|Alternate Rep.||Mr.||Greg||Slater||Expressway Authority|
|Citizens Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Steven||Hollenkamp||Plant City Commission|
|Mr.||Hoyt L.||Prindle, III||Commissioner Kemp|
|Mr.||Bill||Roberts||Hillsborough County Aviation Authority|
|Member at Large||Mrs.||Aiah||Yassin||Temple Terrace City Council|
|Mr.||Don||Skelton, Jr.||Port Tampa Bay|
|Mr.||Ed||Mierzejewski||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Mr.||Artie||Fryer||Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Bd.|
|Mr.||Joshua||Frank||School Board Member Vaughn|
|Mr.||Terrance||Trott||At-Large: African American|
|Mr.||Illa||Lachinov||At-Large: Age <30|
|Technical Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mr.||Jeff||Sims||Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County|
|Mr.||Brian||McCarthy||City of Temple Terrace|
|Mr.||Jonathan||Scott||City of Tampa|
|VACANT||Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority|
|Mr.||Michael||English||Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc.|
|Mr.||Robert||Frey||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Ms.||Laura||Lenhart||Port Tampa Bay|
|VACANT||Florida Trucking Association|
|Ms.||Gina||Evans||Hillsborough County Aviation Authority|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Mike||Williams||Hillsborough County|
|Mr.||Rob||Wassum||City of Plant City|
|Ms.||Lara||Bouck||City of Tampa|
|Member at Large||Mr.||Jay||Collins||Planning Commission|
|VACANT||Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council|
|VACANT||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
|Ms.||Nicole||Sutton||Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough|
|Ms.||Sarah||Caper||Hillsborough County Community and Infrastructure|
|Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Jim||Shirk||Citizens At-Large|
|Mr.||Tim||Horst||Citizens at Large|
|Mr.||John||Marsh||City of Tampa Planning|
|Ms.||Noliyanda||James||Department of Health|
|Ms.||Jamie||Morris||City of Temple Terrace|
|vacant||City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Dept.|
|Ms.||Abigail||Flores||Hillsborough County Public Works Dept.|
|Mr.||Chris||Fellerhoff||Hillsborough County Community & Infrastructure Planning Department|
|Ms.||Kelly||Fearon||City of Tampa Transportation (Mobility)|
|Cpl.||Savana||Vidal||Hillsborough County Sheriff|
|Livable Roadways Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Mrs.||Councilwomen Lynn||Hurtak||City of Tampa Councilmember|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||David||Hey||Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission|
|Mr.||Calvin||Hardie||City of Tampa Transportation Division|
|Ms.||Emily||Hinsdale||Advocate for Livable Communites|
|Mr.||Frank||Coughenor||City of Plant City|
|Mr.||Larry||Josephson||Hillsborough County Public Works Department|
|Ms.||Rebecca||Hessinger||Hillsborough County Development Services|
|Mr.||Tony||Monk||City of Tampa Parks and Recreation|
|Ms.||Karen||Kress||Tampa Downtown Partnership|
|VACANT||City of Temple Terrace|
|Mr.||Omar||Alvarado||Hillsborough Area Regional Transit|
|Mr.||Anna||Quiñones||Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority|
|Mr.||Jason||Jackman||University of South Florida|
|VACANT||New North Transportation Alliance|
|Mr.||Arizona||Jenkins||Americans with Disabilities|
|Member at Large||Ms.||Catherine||Coyle||Urban Land Institute* (4)|
|Ms.||Melissa||Collazzo||American Institute of Architects* (5)|
|Ms.||Christine||Crespo Valentin||American Society of Landscape Architects* (3)|
|Mr.||Carlos||Ramirez||Institute of Transportation Engineers* (1)|
|Ms.||Brynn||Dauphinais||American Planning Association*(2)|
|Ms.||Glorimar||Belangia||Hillsborough County Schools|
|Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board||Representing/Appointed By|
|Vice Chair||Ms.||Gloria||Mills||Citizen Advocate/User of the System|
|Mr.||Glenn||Brown||Children at Risk|
|Ms.||Debra||Noel||Agency for Person w/Disabilitieis|
|Mr.||David||Newell||Florida Dept. of Transportation|
|Ms.||Emily||Hughart||Florida Agency for Health Care Administration|
|Ms.||Kristina||Melling||Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs|
|Ms||Beth||Pasek||Florida Dept. of Children & Families|
|Mr.||Mark||Harshbarger||Florida Dept. of Education/Div. of Blind Services|
|Ms.||Deborah||Lekenta||Local for-profit Transportation|
|Ms.||Jennifer||Waskovich||Local Medical Providers|
|Ms.||Alexcia||Wiggins||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Councilman||Gil||Schisler||Local Transit System Board Chair HART|
|Member at Large||Ms.||Kristen||Thomas||Local Veterans|
|Ms.||Indihra||Chambers||Regional Workforce Development Board|
|Mr.||John||Vargas||Person with a Disability/User|
|Intelligent Transportation Committee||Representing/Appointed By|
|Chair||Ms.||Margaret||Kubilins||City of Tampa|
|Vice Chair||Mr.||Bryan||Zayas||Hillsborough County|
|Member at Large||Mr.||Brian||McCarthy||City of Temple Terrace|
|Mr.||Fred||Baxter||City of Plant City|
The Hillsborough County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is a transportation policy-making board comprised of representatives from local governments and transportation agencies. According to federal and state laws, the Hillsborough County TPO is responsible for establishing a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process for Hillsborough County.
Key responsibilities include the creation of:
As well as reviewing and commenting on plans such as:
The Hillsborough County TPO maintains agreements with each of its member governments and agencies through an Interlocal Agreement. These include the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, as well as Hillsborough County, the Tampa Port Authority, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority and HART. In addition, the TPO has a staff services agreement with the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. The TPO will continue to maintain this and the following agreements with the agencies involved with transportation planning in Hillsborough County.
- 2013 Apportionment with Appendices & Agency Resolutions
- Interlocal Agreement for Creation of MPO
- Public Transportation Coordination Joint Participation Agreement for Intergovernmental Coordination & Review
- Interlocal Agreement for Regional Transportation & Coordination in West Central Florida
- MPO Staff Services Agreement with the Planning Commission