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 Regional Transit Feasibility Plan builds on decades of planning (it began with a review of the more than 55 transportation plans and studies already completed by Tampa Bay area agencies over the past 30+ years). The Plan also bridges the gap between the vision for transit throughout the region and defines the projects that are most competitive for federal funding.
An evaluation process using clearly defined criteria was used to 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.
The purpose of the Plan is to identify:
A successful Plan will:
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:
*The Tampa Bay TMA Leadership Group is made up of three members of each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board as voting members, and non-voting advisors from FDOT and TBARTA. The three MPOs that make up the Tampa Bay TMA are Forward Pinellas, the Hillsborough County MPO, and the Pasco County MPO.
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