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arrow MPO to Consider PSTA Grant and Tampa Bay Express Project Amendments to TIP on May 11

The MPO will conduct a public hearing on May 11, 2016 to provide an opportunity for public review and comment on proposed amendments to the fiscal year (FY) 2015/16 – 2019/20 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The proposed amendments are described below.

  • FPN# 4343041 - PSTA Section 5339 Capital Activities

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has received a $1.4 million FTA Section 5339 funding allocation for FY 2015/16. Section 5339 provides funds for capital purchases to replace, rehabilitate and acquire buses and/or related equipment and facilities. The amendment is necessary for PSTA to receive federal authorization of the funds.

The proposed amendment seeks to reflect a $99 million increase in the project cost and a change in the description of its location.  In addition, approval of the proposed amendment would advance the construction of the project from FY 2019/20 to 2016/17.

The project is currently shown as extending from south of 118th Avenue to south of 4th Street. The location identified in the proposed amendment is from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of 4th Street.  The project is “segment 2” of the Tampa Bay Express I-275 improvements, which include the addition of two lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa.

The TIP is required by Federal and State Law and contains the transportation work programs of the County’s local governments, including the airports and the Port of St. Petersburg, as well as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.  The STP Project Priority List is utilized to determine the allocation of Federal funding for this program as authorized under the 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.   

The public hearing will be held in the Pinellas County Board Assembly Room, 5th Floor, Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Following a brief staff presentation describing the proposed amendment, public comment will be received. The public hearing is being held pursuant to Chapters 120 and 339.175 of the Florida Statutes. Further information may be obtained by contacting the MPO via email or (727) 464-8200.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact  the Office of Human Rights, 400 South Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 300, Clearwater, Florida 33756; [(727) 464-4062 (V/TDD)] at least seven days prior to the meeting.



arrow New Name and Logo Unveiled for MPO/PPC

The MPO and PPC have continued efforts to consolidate their operations since the agencies merged in 2014.  A milestone in these efforts was reached at the MPO/PPC meeting on April 13 when a new name and logo was unveiled for the newly combined agency.  The new name for the combined agency, “Forward Pinellas,” was one of several options considered by the MPO/PPC Board at a visioning workshop held in logoDecember last year.  To develop the name and logo, the MPO/PPC acquired the services of Big Sea, a St. Petersburg based web design and marketing firm. 

The Forward Pinellas name and accompanying logo will appear on a new MPO/PPC website, which is anticipated for release by June, 2016, as well as agency stationary, public information materials and documents.  The agencies will also continue to utilize the existing MPO/PPC names and associated logos as appropriate when carrying out Federal and State mandated functions. 



arrow MPO/PPC Kicks Off "SPOTlight" Initiative With Public Listening Sessions

Based on the results of a board visioning session in 2015, the MPO/PPC introduced its SPOTlight Initiative which called for the agency to focus its attention on three emphasis areas. These include the US 19 corridor, mid-county Gateway area and Gulf beach access. To kick off the SPOTlight Initiative, public listening sessions have been begun for each of the emphasis areas. US 19 Corridor listening sessions were held in Clearwater and St. Petersburg on April 11. The remaining listening sessions will address Gulf Beach acess on May 3 and the Gateway area on May 16. Times and locations are shown here.Portable Document Format file

The purpose of the sessions is to provide an opportunity for people to share their concerns and comments about these areas as they relate to land use and transportation issues and needs. The sessions are open to the public. Individuals who are property owners or have business interests in these areas and would like to participate in the sessions are asked to contact Tina Jablon of the MPO/PPC prior to the meeting.



About the MPO

The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning OrganizationPhoto of an MPO in session at Courthouse (MPO) was established in 1977 following the passage of the Federal Highway Act of 1974. The task of the MPO is to develop plans, policies and priorities that guide local decision making on transportation issues. Principal responsibilities include the development of a 20-year Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)Portable Document Format file a five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)Portable Document Format file a two-year Unified Planning Work ProgramPortable Document Format file and related transportation planning studies and projects. For more on the role of MPOs, read MPO's: A PrimerPortable Document Format file.

The MPO seeks to improve transportation in the county for all principal modes of travel, including mass transit, walking, and bicycling, as well as automobile. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the county's travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement the projects as identified in the TIP and the LRTP.

arrow MPO Public Involvement Opportunities

The MPO relies extensively on public involvement to guide the development of its plans and programs. Staff members regularly appear before professional and civic groups to discuss transportation topics and issues related to its planning program. Staff also attends public events such as community forums, workshops and festivals to share information about MPO plans and to collect feedback from citizens regarding their transportation concerns and interests.

You can provide input and/or participate in the MPO planning process in any of the ways listed below.

  • Send comments via email
  • Complete and submit an online surveyi275study
  • Participate in the MPO's online community forum, TellUsPinellas
  • Attend an MPO board or advisory committee meeting
  • Provide comments directly to the MPO board at one of their montly meetings under the "Citizens to be Heard" agenda item
  • Invite an MPO staff member to present a transportation topic to your civic, neighborhood or business organization via email or by calling 727-464-8250

If you would like to be added to the MPO distribution list and stay apprised of transportation activities and events the agency is involved in, just send an email and type in "add to mailing list" in the subject line.

For any questions or comments regarding the contents of this website, use the information below or refer to the staff directory.

The Pinellas County MPO
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8250
Fax: 727.464.8212

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