Issue 24         


Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) eNews 

April 2017   


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How are we doing?
MPO Federal Certification Review     
Its Federal Department of Transportation time for our Federal Certification Review, and we need you to weigh in on the transportation planning process!

Please join our Federal Certification Review Team in evaluating how the MPO is doing at a public meeting scheduled on:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 10:00a
in the Planning Commission Boardroom on the 18th floor of the County Center (immediately following our MPO Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting)

If you can not attend, but would like to provide public comments, please use a comment form.

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Hillsborough MPO Vulnerability Assessment cited as national model 
The FHWA is helping state and local governments adapt to the effects of climate change. In 2013-2015, nineteen pilot teams from across the country received grants from FHWA to assess transportation vulnerability to extreme weather events and climate change, and evaluate options for improving resilience. Hillsborough MPO's findings are being used as a national model in this recently released FHWA overview.
As a result of this important study, the MPO was invited to speak at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) "Future Interstate Study" Listening Session in Miami, FL. The Future Interstate Study is a policy study on the future of the US interstate highway system over the next 50 years. Topics include environmental impact and sustainability, human environment and equity, toll financed reconstruction and modernization, and public transit and the interstate highway system.

"There is interest in the MPO study because we laid out what to do, and where to start. For example, if bridge approaches can get washed out by a major storm, disaster recovery is harder and longer. We prioritized the weak spots in our system and estimated what it would cost how to prevent future problems," said Allison Yeh, MPO Sustainability Coordinator. Mainstreaming resiliency into existing efforts like the Imagine 2040 Transportation Plan and the Selmon West Extension Project, is a FHWA best practice and a way to save money long-term.

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Share your vision      

Please join us for the Innovation Gateway community engagement meeting on April 12, 2017, 5:30-7:30p at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Avenue in the Coleman Science Works 3D Theatre. Learn more about the I-275 | Fowler and Busch - Innovation Gateway Concept Studies. View and comment on draft interchange vision boards and weigh in on the Fowler Avenue streetscape.

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Interested in traffic counts? 

The MPO maintains a consolidated database of current and historical traffic counts for all major roads. Check out our new interactive map!

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Extending Plant City's street network  
Sam Allen Rd currently terminates at N Wilder Rd in Plant City
The Hillsborough MPO is conducting two corridor studies to address transportation issues in and around the Plant City. The first is a look at extending east Sam Allen Road from North Park Road to North County Line Road where significant population growth is expected prior to 2040. This would provide an alternative route to the already congested Interstate-4.  The need for this new roadway link was first identified in the June 2008 Northeast Plant City Master Plan.
The second study looks at extending Rice Road from Coronet Road to South County Line Road. Continued industrial growth is expected in this area and the need for the roadway was noted in the MPO's 2016 Freight Logistics Zone Study. The new connection will strengthen economic ties to rapidly growing western Lakeland, where Amazon recently built a distribution center. For more information contact  Bud Whitehead at 813/272-5940 x313.

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MLK Blvd intersection to get safety fixes    
Under Construction
The Florida Department of Transportation District Seven is designing improvements to SR 574 (E Martin Luther King Blvd) at SR 583 (50th St). The scope of this project includes widening E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at 50th Street to add a westbound right turn lane and bike lane. An ADA curb ramp replacement, new pedestrian traffic signal poles, and reconfiguration of sidewalks are included as well. This design is 60% complete, but construction is currently not funded. The design cost estimate is $105,000, and construction is estimated at $250,783. 

All comments and concerns should be addressed to Mr. Liyanage "Indike" Ratnayake, PE, the Department's Project Manager, toll free at 1-800-226-7220, or 813/975-6057. 

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Selmon West
Extension update   
THEA wants to hear from you!
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is committed to keeping you informed about the Selmon Extension. Already in 2017, THEA made presentations to and answered questions for the Bayside West, Culbreath Key, and Regency Cove. If you live near Gandy Boulevard and would like THEA to speak to your homeowner, neighborhood, or civic association, please contact:

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FDOT's Complete Streets policy and
The Florida Department of Transportation adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2014 that promotes safety, quality of life, and economic development in Florida. To implement this policy, the FDOT's Complete Streets Implementation Plan will deliver by routinely planning, designing, constructing, reconstructing, and operating a context-sensitive system of complete streets.  While maintaining safety and mobility, implementation of complete streets will serve the transportation needs of users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to: 
cyclists, freight handlers, motorists, pedestrians, and  transit riders.

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4-way stop coming to dangerous Ruskin intersection
Evidence of crashes litters the curbside at 24th Street and Shell Point Road in Ruskin. A headlight, a turn signal, a license plat e holder and other pieces of crashes left behind, but finally solutions will be coming along. County work crews are turning the two-way stop into a four way stop. Check out the full story from ABC Action News.

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Senators try to speed up self driving cars
ICYMI - WASHINGTON (AP) - announced the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars. Two senators said in February they're launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation's roads. 
Republican John Thune of South Dakota, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan, said they're exploring legislation that "clears hurdles and advances innovation in self-driving vehicle technology."  

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Imagine: Solar Roadways  
Solar Roadway Cover Image Solar Roadways® (SR) is a modular system of specially engineered solar panels that can be walked and driven upon. The panels contain LED lights to create lines and signage without paint. They contain heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation. The panels have microprocessors, which makes them intelligent. This allows the panels to communicate with each other, a central control
Solar FREAKIN' Roadways
Solar FREAKIN' Roadways video
station, and vehicles. Many people are surprised to learn that the panels are made of glass... but not ordinary glass. SR panels are made of specifically formulated tempered glass, which can support the weight of semi-trucks. The glass has a tractioned surface which is equivalent to asphalt. They are still in the early phase of the company's development. Eventually the panels will be available for highways, but first will come non-critical applications such as driveways and parking lots. Solar Roadways are readying to install the first projects now.  

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Choosing your words 
Making the Case for  
Transportation Language Reform:
Removing Bias

by Ian Lockwood, P.E.

Many cities are now contending with the consequences of 50-years of automobile-oriented design. At the same time, values and expectations are evolving. Increasingly, people want high-performance transportation infrastructure that achieves a number of functions-accommodating people who walk, cycle, take transit, and drive cars for equity and economic reasons. There is a growing awareness that reducing automobile speeds increases safety and comfort, while contributing to community vitality and quality of life. Continue reading in the January 2017 ITE Journal.

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In this Issue
MPO Certification
Vulnerability Assessment
Share your Vision
Traffic counts
Plant City roadway extensions
Safety fixes
Selmon West Extension
Complete Streets
Ruskin intersection
Senate pushes AV
Solar roadways
Choosing your words

Tampa Bay TMA Leadership
Friday, April 7 
AECOM Conference Room 7650 West Courtney Campbell Causeway 

Fowler Ave & Innovation Gateway Public Workshop 

Wednesday, April 12
5:30pm - 7:30 pm
4801 E Fowler Ave 
Tampa, FL 33617

Wesley Chapel -
New Tampa Roadway Connections Study by Pasco MPO

Tuesday, April 18 
5:30p - 7:30p 
State College 
2727 Mainsfield Blvd 
Wesley Chapel

Action Plan
Workshop #3

Tuesday, April 25  
8:30a  Coffee social 
9:00a - 10:00a   
Paint Bullard Pkwy Bridge
Bike Lane  
10am - 11am
Draft Action Plan
Review & Feedback

Meet @ Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church 
420 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace

Tampa Streetcar 
Results Round Table 
Tuesday, May 2
5:30p - 7:30p  
Tampa Bay History Center 
801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602 
Free parking in blue lot

Regional Transportation Planning & Coordination
Best Practices Study 
Kick-Off Workshop

Friday,  May 12
10:00a - 2:00p  
Collaborative Labs  
St. Petersburg College 
13805 58th Street North 
Clearwater, FL 33760  

 MPO Board &
MPO Board :
601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
County Center, 2nd Floor

 Plan Hillsborough Room
County Center, 18th Floor

Date               Meeting

April 12            CAC

April 12            BPAC

April 13            ITS

April 17            TAC

April 19            LRC

April 19           STWG

April 25         Vision Zero

April 27           TDCB

May  2          MPO Board 

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