The three most populated counties in the seven-county Tampa Bay area are Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. County lines are blurred when you are traveling. That’s why transportation planning must take a more regional approach.
The plan will build on decades of planning and bridge the gap between the regional vision for transit throughout the region and define the projects that are most competitive for federal funding. An evaluation process using clearly defined criteria will identify the top transit corridors in the region, and ultimately one “catalyst project” that could be implemented first, followed by other projects to move forward around the region.
The purpose of the plan is to identify:
- Projects that have the greatest potential to be funded (compete for federal grants) and implemented
- Projects that are the most forward thinking and make the best use of today’s technology
- Projects that best serve our region today while supporting tomorrow’s growth
A successful plan will:
- Result in a catalyst project that has public support and can be implemented.
- Outline projects that can be implemented after the catalyst project.
- Allow the region to effectively tackle the questions of who owns the project and how it is paid for.
The project is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and is being administered by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). The consultant team for this project is led by Jacobs Engineering Group.
The Regional Transit Feasibility Plan will be completed under the direction and guidance of the following agencies and stakeholders:
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven
- Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
- Pasco County Board of County Commissioners/Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT)
- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
- Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group
- Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
- Pasco County MPO
- Pinellas County MPO
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