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Pinellas County MPO
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.464.8200
Fax: 727.464.8201

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arrow Public Hearing on Proposed Florida Department of Transportation Work ProgramPortable Document Format file

arrow Pinellas Transportation Plan to Include “No New Revenue” Option for Transit

arrow Public Workshops Scheduled for Review of Pinellas Transportation Plan, November 18 - December 4

arrow Pinellas Trail Closed for Repair in Clearwater/Largo Areapinellasontrack

arrow MPO Approves Transportation Improvement Program Update

arrow Board Actions and Summary of November 12, 2014 MPO MeetingPortable Document Format file

arrow Tri-County Trail Project Scheduled for Construction in 2015

arrow Report on Trail Crossings Provides Countywide Guidance for Traffic Control

arrow MPO Endorses Countywide Adoption of Mobility Plan Policies and Codes

arrow MPO Endorses Regional Priority List

arrow Creating and Connecting Opportunities - Completing the Pinellas Trail LoopPortable Document Format file


 

arrow Pinellas Transportation Plan to Include “No New Revenue” Option for Transit

In the wake of the failed Greenlight Pinellas referendum, the MPO discussed at their November 12 meeting what the transit element of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan would look like when it’s considered for adoption next month.  Rather than the Greenlight Pinellas improvements, which included a rail line connecting the downtowns of Clearwater and St. Petersburg and mid-county as well as bus rapid transit and more frequent service on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) core routes, the MPO agreed to include a “no new revenue” option.lrtp 

The no new revenue option reflects the existing PSTA bus routes and service with reductions anticipated in 2016 when the reserve funds PSTA is currently utilizing are exhausted.  In addition, the MPO committed to engaging the community in an effort to identify long term solutions to the County’s most pressing transit needs, including extending service hours in the evenings and connecting major employment/activity centers that were identified in the Greenlight Plan.  The results of this effort would help form a new vision for the County's transportation system that would be included in an amendment to the 2040 Plan subsequent to its adoption, which is scheduled for December 10, 1 p.m., on the 5th floor of the County Courthouse.

 

arrow Public Workshops Scheduled for Review of Pinellas Transportation Plan, November 18 - December 4

The Pinellas Transportation Plan, which identifies transportation needs and improvements in the County through 2040, is scheduled for adoption by the MPO Board on December 10 on the 5th Floor of the Courthouse at 1 p.m. Interested citizens have an opportunity to get a closer look at the contents of the current draft of the Plan, which identifies cost feasible improvements for roads,lrtp intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications, trailslrtp and bike lanes. The Plan also identifies unfunded transportation improvement needs. 

Regarding transit improvements, based on the failed Greenlight referendum and follow-up MPO action, the 2040 Pinellas Transportation Plan draft reflects a “no new revenue” optionlrtp that assumes continued operation of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) existing system with an anticipated reduction in service in 2016 when the reserve funds the agency is currently relying on are exhausted.  The no new revenue plan option will be presented at the workshopslrtp listed below. A summary of the Plan with the no new revenue transit option included is available here.lrtp

  • November 18, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hall, 1159 Georgia Avenue, Palm Harbor
  • November 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street N, St. Petersburg
  • December 4, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pinellas County MPO offices, 1st Floor Conference Room, 310 Court St., Clearwater

Comments on the Plan can also be provided to the MPO via email, mpo@pinellascounty.org. All comments received will be considered in the final list of projects to be included in the adopted Plan.  Adoption of the Pinellas Transportation Plan is necessary in order for the identified projects to be eligible for state and federal funding.

 

 

arrow MPO Approves Transportation Improvement Program Update

At their November 12 meeting, the MPO approved the annual update of its fiscal year (FY) 2014/15 through 2018/19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is updated in the fall of each year to incorporate the most recently adopted transportation work programs of Pinellas County (map,lrtp tablelrtp), municipal governments (maplrtp), airports and Port of St. Petersburg. tip

With over $235 million in scheduled projects from FY 2014/15 to 2019/20, Pinellas County's work program is the largest of the County's 25 local jurisdictions. Approximately 30 percent of the County's programmed funds committed to specific projectslrtp is dedicated to road expansion projects. This is followed by nearly 18 percent of the total funds dedicated to resurfacing, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects (not involving road expansion) and approximately 17 percent committed to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects. New projects added to the County work program include those listed below.

  • 118th Ave Expressway (part of Gateway Express project) from east of Roosevelt Boulevard to US Highway 19. This reflects the County's funding contribution to this road expansion project.
  • Haines Road reconstruction from 60th Avenue North to US Highway 19.
  • Whitney Road/Wolford Road intersection improvement.
  • 38th Avenue North/28th Street intersection improvement.
  • Alternate US Highway 19/Nebraska Avenue intersection improvement.
  • Forest Lakes Road reconstruction from Pine Avenue to the Pinellas/Hillsborough County Line.
  • Intelligent transportation improvements on SR 580, Curlew Road, Tampa Road, County Road 1, and 113th Street.

The current TIP was adopted by the MPO at their June 11 meeting. At that time the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority work programs are incorporated in the TIP.  The TIP is required by Federal and State Law in order for the County to receive federal and state funding for transportation improvements.

 

 

arrow Tri-County Trail Project Scheduled for Construction in 2015

Pinellas County's expanding trail system is about to go regional with the scheduling of the design and construction of the Tri-County Trailcmpnsr in 2015. The MPO approved an amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program at their October 8 meeting to schedule the project, which extends from northeast Pinellas County to central Pasco County.

The five-mile Tri-County Trail connects the existing Pinellas Trail at the intersection of East Lake Road and Keystone Road to trail Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County.  The trail alignment will utilize County right-of-way along Keystone Road and County-owned land along the Hillsborough/Pinellas County Line before reaching the Park. 

The Tri-County Trail is number two on the list of regional multi-use trail priorities in West Central Florida as approved by the region’s MPOs.  It is also part of the Florida Coast to Coast Connector Trail,Florida coast to coast trail which extends from Pinellas County to Titusville on the east coast. Earlier this year, the State awarded $15 million to complete the Coast to Coast Connector Trail. Pinellas County received $4 million of this allocation to construct the Tri-County project.

 

 


arrow Report on Trail Crossings Provides Countywide Guidance for Traffic Control

A growing concern among local governments in the County has been a lack of consistency in the treatment of trail intersection crossings from one city to the next. In response to this concern, a uniform trail crossing study was recently conducted by Sprinkle Consulting. A final report,trailxingguidelines providing a standard set of guidelines for local governments to follow when determining the most appropriate treatments in terms of signs, markings and signals, was approved by the MPO at their September 10 meeting.

 

 

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 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. 

 

 

 


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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