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Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8200
Fax: 727.464.8201

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News and Updates

arrow MPO Endorses Countywide Adoption of Mobility Plan Policies and Codes

arrow Cost Feasible Projects Identified for Long Range Plan

arrow MPO Endorses Regional Priority List

arrow Board Actions and Summary of June 11, 2014 MPO Meeting Portable Document Format file

arrow New Transportation Improvement Program Adopted for 2014/15

arrow MPO Approves Resolution Opposing Increases in Truck Weights and Sizes

arrow FDOT Presents Details of Gateway Express Project

arrow MPO Approves Gulfport Trails Plan

arrow Study Addresses Transportation Challenges of Elderly and Disabled

arrow MPO Approves Road Naming Standard

arrow FDOT Reports Sharp Decline in Pinellas Traffic Fatalities

 

 


 

arrow MPO Endorses Countywide Adoption of Mobility Plan Policies and Codes

At their July 9 meeting, the MPO endorsed a set of model comprehensive plan policies and land development code provisions for implementation of the Pinellas County Mobility PlanMPsummaryreport by the County’s local governments.  The Plan is intended to bring about adunsmuir new countywide approach to addressing the transportation impacts of development projects in the wake of the removal of State-mandated transportation concurrency requirements in 2011, passed into law under House Bill 7207.  Concurrency management requirements, which stipulate that public services and facilities needed to accommodate the impacts of development projects have to be in place prior to their approval, were the linchpin of the State’s 1985 landmark Growth Management Law. Concurrency laws still apply to public services and facilities other than transportation. 

The Pinellas County Mobility Plan sets forth a framework for a coordinated multi-modal approach to managing the traffic impacts of development projects while increasing mobility, particularly for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users. Amendments to local comprehensive plans and land development codes are necessary to implement the Plan through their respective site plan review processes.  MPO staff will be assisting local governments in the effort to prepare and adopt amendatory ordinances necessary to enact the model policies and codes later this year and in 2015.  The MPO approved the Mobility Plan concept at their December, 2013 meeting.

The Mobility Plan calls for establishing a tiered development review approach requiring larger scale projects adding new trips to the surrounding road network to implement transportation management plan (TMP) strategies in-lieu of or as credit toward their impact fee payments. Transportation impact fees are a current requirement imposed through a countywide ordinance. Under the Mobility Plan, the ordinance will remain in place although renamed as the Multi-modal Impact Fee Ordinance.  The TMP strategies include, for example, trail, sidewalk, bus stop and intersection improvements or trip reduction programs such as vanpooling or telecommuting. Smaller scale projects with limited impact on the transportation system would only be required to pay an impact fee commensurate with the number of new trips they generate.

 

 

arrow Cost Feasible Projects Identified for Long Range Plan

A central requirement of the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan is to identify transportation improvements necessary to meet the County’s long term transportation needs and to determine which of them can be funded with available revenues. At their meeting on May 14, the MPO identified its unfunded “needs” projectsneedsprojects for road improvements.  On July 9, they reviewed a list of cost feasible road projects.  A finalized list of cost feasible projects will be presented to the MPO in September.  The cost feasible and unfunded project lists will be included in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, which is scheduled for adoption in December, 2014.  us19

The cost feasible projectsCFtable reveiwed by the MPO include management and operations as well as capacity improvements.  Capacity improvements include adding lanes, construction of overpasses, interchanges and frontage roads and major intersection modifications.  Management and operation improvements are smaller scale projects that include the addition of sidewalks, bike lanes, intersection and drainage improvements and work necessary to reconstruct roads to standard lane widths. 

 

 

arrow MPO Endorses Regional Priority List

At their June 6 meeting, the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group established a regional priority list of transportation projects.TMAlist  The MPO endorsed the list at their July 9 meeting. 

 

 

arrow New Transportation Improvement Program Adopted for 2014/15

The MPO adopted its new Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal year (FY) 2014/15 through 2018/19 at their June 11 meeting. The TIP is required by Federalus19 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.  It also contains priority lists for projects eligible for federal and state funding.    

A new TIP is adopted by July 1 of each year to include the FDOT Work Program,workprogram which was initially reviewed in draft form by the MPO in December, 2013. The FY 2014/15 - 2018/19 FDOT Work Program identifies $2.4 billion in State transportation projects. Neary 50 percent of the total Work Program budget is allocated to bridge maintenance, rehabilitation and construction. Approximatey 17 and 10 percent, respectively, is allocated to road capacity and transit projects.

Ten new projects have been added to the FDOT Work Program. Five of them are on US 19 North. These include projects associated with the construction of interchanges, overpasses and frontage roads from north of SR 580 to Timberlane Road and a resurfacing project from south of Live Oak Street to Brittany Park Boulevard. Other new projects include a trail facility in St. Petersburg from the existing Pinellas Trail to the west end of Treasure Lane and intelligent transportation system (ITS) installations on Alternate US 19 from the Pasco/Pinellas County Line to 66th Street in St. Petersburg. The Work Program also reflects the advancement of the Gateway Express Projectworkprogram in mid-county so that each segment is scheduled for construction within the next five years. The project locations are shown on a map of road, intersection and bridge improvementsworkprogram and another of ITS and bicycle and pedestrian improvementsworkprogram that are part of the adopted FY 2014/15 - 2018/19 TIP.

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Resolution Opposing Increases in Truck Weights and Sizes

A U.S. Department of Transportation study evaluating the impacts of heavy trucks on the interstate system is currently underway. Concerns about the study resulting in legislation allowing for heavier and larger freight carrying trucks and trailers to travel the nation's roadways moved the MPO to pass a resolution against such a measure at its meeting on May 14. With nearly 20 percent of the County's bridge structures either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the MPO expressed particular concern about the damage that heavy trucks can cause after they exit the interstate system. Brian Shuford, a representative of the Coalition Against Big Trucks, presented informationCABT at the meeting supporting the MPO resolution.

 

 

arrow FDOT Presents Details of Gateway Express Project

As announced by Governor Scott in February, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advanced the construction of the "Gateway Express Project" to 2017, accelerating implementation by several years. The project includes construction of an elevated toll road from I-275 to the Bayside Bridge and from I-275 to US Highway 19.gatewayproject At the April 9 MPO meeting, FDOT Director of Transportation Development Debbie Hunt presented details on the project as well as an overview of the agency's managed lane projects in the region. To view the presentation, select heregatewayproject.

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Gulfport Trails Plan

Plans for 3.6 miles of trails in the City of Gulfport were approved by the MPO at their meeting on April 9. The proposed Gulfport trailsFEamend will now be reflected in the MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Facilities Element, which will help in the City’s efforts totrail obtain grant funding to construct them.  

The Gulfport trails plan includes five phases intended to create a more welcoming environment for bicyclists and pedestrians within the city, connecting several points of interest including Tangerine Park, the City Pier and Clam Bayou Nature Park. The project is being developed in five phases described below. Implementation of most of the trail facilities will involve expanding existing sidewalks to 10-foot widths. Some sections will require on-street treatments.

  1. 55th Street South corridor from existing trail east of Boca Ciega High School to Gulfport Boulevard South, then through Clymer Park and within Beach Boulevard South corridor to 28th Avenue South.
  2. 26th Avenue South, 44th Street South, 27th Avenue South, 46th Street South, 29th Avenue South corridors from Skyway Trail in St. Petersburg to Gulfport Marina.
  3. 31st Avenue South and 54th Street South corridors from Gulfport Marina to City Pier.
  4. Shore Boulevard South corridor from City Pier to 58th Street South.
  5. “Extra” – 58th Street South corridor from Shore Boulevard South to 28th Avenue South.

A separate phase is planned that involves paving the beach parking lot and streetscape improvements along Shore Boulevard and 54th Street South from 31st Avenue South to Shore Boulevard.

 

 

arrow Study Addresses Transportation Challenges of Elderly and Disabled

Through the coordinated efforts of the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs, a regional assessment of transportation issues facing the elderly, disabled and low tdincome residents of the Tampa Bay area was completed in January.   The Pinellas MPO approved the study and associated recommendations at their meeting on March 12.  The results of the study will be incorporated in the transportation disadvantaged service plans of the three counties and will be utilized to guide the selection of projects for funding under the Federal Transit Administration Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310).  Section 5310 funding supports projects that provide transportation to elderly and disabled citizens in cases where public transit is inadequate or inappropriate.  Recommendations resulting from the study included expanding fixed route bus service to areas where the targeted populations are not adequately served, providing more travel opportunities for social/quality of life purposes and increasing travel training services for the elderly and disabled who depend on local transit systems to meet their transportation needs. 

 

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Road Naming Standard

“When the road is the same roadway and the names change it is confusing to both visitors and new residents alike.”  That was a recent comment received by the MPO keenefrom a citizen and it’s typical of the responses they’ve heard over the years on the issue of multi-named roadways. But the MPO's Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) has found a solution. It involves revising state and county road signs at the intersections to include the road numbers in addition to the names and address ranges.

The TCC recommendation was approved by the MPO at their monthly meeting on February 12.  In addition, the MPO approved an accompanying proposal to support the consistent location of ground mounted stand alone signs at the approaches to major road junctions.  Replacement of the intersection and mounted signs would occur during routine maintenance. The estimated unit cost to replace the intersection signs is $130.

The TCC recommendations were based on the efforts of the Multi-Named Roads Workgroup, which is comprised of planning and engineering staff members representing the cities of Largo, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Dunedin as well as Pinellas County and the MPO.   In October, 2013, The MPO approved the Working Group’s recommendation to rename 102nd Avenue North as Bryan Dairy Road west of Starkey Road. Implementation of the 102nd Avenue North renaming would occur after the intersection and road sign project is completed.

 

 

arrow FDOT Reports Sharp Decline in Pinellas Traffic Fatalities

According to Peter Hsu of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 Pedestrian Crossing signSafety Office, the roads were a little safer in Pinellas County last year, particularly for pedestrians and motorcyclists. Hsu spoke to the MPO at their February 12 meeting about the State’s latest crash figures.safety  He indicated there was a 33 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities and a 39 percent reduction in motorcycle fatalities in Pinellas County from 2012 to 2013. These reductions contributed to an overall 3 percent reduction in statewide traffic fatalities in the same year.  He credited the reductions to a district-wide program focusing on engineering, enforcement and education strategies.  These included installation of audible vibratory pavement markings, rapid flashing beacons at midblock crosswalks, pedestrian countdown signals, roadway safety audits and follow-up improvements, an education outreach safety campaign and grant funds allocated to assist local police in the enforcement of pedestrian laws.

 

 


arrowAbout 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 Program Portable Document Format file and related transportation planning studies and projects. For more on the role of MPOs, read MPO's: A Primer Portable 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 places a high value on public involvement. Presentations are made to professional, civic and social groups. The MPO also participates in community-based public involvement events including public hearings, forums and community fairs.

One way to become involved in transportation planning is by making a brief presentation on an issue that deeply concerns you during the "Citizens to be Heard" segment of the MPO's monthly meeting. Another way is through participation on one of the MPO's advisory committees. Openings occur periodically, and you are encouraged to apply if you are interested and willing to make a time commitment.

For any questions or comments regarding the contents of this website, please email, mail or telephone the MPO using the contact information below.

CONTACT:
The Pinellas County MPO
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8200
Fax: 727.464.8201
mpo@pinellascounty.org

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