Transportation Summit

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Thank you to all who joined the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to discuss the future of transportation in the Tampa Bay region!

Presentation slides from the event are available for download. Click the “Presentation – PDF” link next to a presentation title (below) to view that speaker’s presentation slides. (Note: Not alll event speakers used slides in their presentation.)

Event Program

Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast


  • Vice Mayor Patrick Roff , TBRPC Chair

Accessing State and Federal Transportation Funding

  • Paul Steinman, FDOT District 7 Secretary
  • James Christian, Administrator, FHWA Florida Division
  • Carl Mikyska, Executive Director, MPOAC

Innovations in Transportation/Transit in Tampa Bay

  • Brad Miller, CEO, PSTA
  • Katharine Eagan, CEO, HART
  • Beth Alden, Executive Director, Hillsborough MPO
  • Whit Blanton, Executive Director, Forward Pinellas
  • David Hutchinson, Executive Director, Sarasota/Manatee MPO

Advocating for Transit Priorities in Tampa Bay

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

  • Financing Public Transportation and Defining an MPO Governance Model, Gary Gallegos, CEO, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) (Presentation Slides – PDF)

Afternoon Session A: Transportation Safety

Afternoon Session B: Trends in Place-making

Afternoon Session C: Technology’s Impact on Transportation Planning

  • Moderator – Scott Pringle, Florida Planning Practice Leader, Jacobs Engineering
  • Impact of Innovation and Technology on the Planning Process – Bob Clifford, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff (Presentation Slides – PDF)
  • Planning for Connected and Automated Vehicles – Bob Frey, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (Presentation Slides – PDF)
  • Hyperloop and Other Technologies – John Kulpa, AECOM (Presentation Slides – PDF)

Afternoon Session D: Economic Development

  • Moderator – Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development
  • Freight Logistics – Brian Hunter, FDOT (Presentation Slides – PDF)
  • Port Tampa Bay Vision 2030 – Ram Kancharla, Port Tampa Bay (Presentation Slides – PDF)
  • Rail’s Role in Goods Movement – Bob O’Malley, CSX (Presentation Slides – PDF)


Contact Information

For more information on the Innovations in Regional Transportation Summit, please contact Ms. Wren Krahl, PHR at TBRPC, (727) 570-5151 ext. 22 or