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arrow Proposed Amendments Scheduled for MPO Public Hearing on February 10

arrow MPO/PPC Selection Committee To Shortlist General Planning Consultant Proposals on February 9

arrow Defining the Heart of Seminole pedcrossings

arrow Enhancing Beach Community Access in Pinellas County pedcrossings

arrow Pinellas County Safety Initiatives PresentationPortable Document Format file

arrow Open House on Wayfinding Signs in County Parks, February 24 & 25Portable Document Format file

arrow Board Actions and Summary of January 13, 2016 MPO MeetingPortable Document Format file

arrow From Transition to Transformation - A Look Back at 2015 for the Newly Consolidated MPO/PPC pedcrossings

arrow Who Owns US 19, Gateway/Mid-County and the Beaches? We All Do pedcrossings

arrow Happy Silver Anniversary Pinellas Trail! pedcrossings

arrow MPO Approves Fall Update of Transportation Improvement Program

arrow Can Bike Sharing Work in Pinellas County? pedcrossings



arrow Proposed Amendments Scheduled for MPO Public Hearing on February 10

Public hearings on the proposed amendments described below 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 hearings are 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) 464-8250.

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.

FPN# 4390041 – State of Good Repair Grant

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has received $16,571 of State of Good Repair (SGR) grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for facility maintenance.  The SGR Program makes SR686&LkCarillonFederal funding available specifically for rehabilitating and replacing publictransportation assets to keep systems in a state of good repair.

FPN# 4290602 – Intersection improvements on SR 686/Roosevelt Boulevard at Lake Carillon Drive

This proposed amendmentPortable Document Format file would add $398,020 to the TIP in FY 2015/16 for the construction of dual right-turn lanes on the westbound side of S.R. 686/Roosevelt Boulevard at Lake Carillon Drive.  The funding source for this project is the Highway Safety Program (HSP) fund.

I-175/4th Street Interchange Modification

This projectPortable Document Format file calls for an interchange modification on I-175 in St. Petersburg to allow north bound traffic on 4th Street to access the Interstate in a west bound direction. This is intended to improve the circulation of local traffic in the area, particularly as it affects access to All Children's Hospital. An amendment to the TIP is required to add the project to the Surface Transportation Program priority list. MPO approval of the amendment is being requested in order to allow Federal and State funding to be secured for the project.

Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)Portable Document Format file

This project would implement a bus rapid transitpedcrossings service on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg between downtown and the south County brtbeaches. The proposed amendment would include this project as part of the "cost feasible" element of the LRTP, which is necessary to secure additional federal revenues for the implementation of the project. The capital cost of the project is $16.5 million. Fifty percent of the project is expected to be funded by Federal funds through the Small Starts Program and the balance would be split between State and local sources. Approval of this amendment would allow Federal and State funding to be secured for the project.

  • Public Participation Plan

Proposed amendments to the MPO’s Public Participation Plan (PPP)Countyroadprojectmap follow a 45-day public comment period.  Adopted in 1994, publicworkshopthe PPP sets forth policies and strategies to engage citizens in the development of the MPO’s plans and programs.  It also describes the various public involvement tools employed by the MPO including those that are specific to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and efforts addressing the needs of the County’s traditionally underserved population. The proposed PPP amendments are intended to address recommendations resulting from the 2015 PPP Evaluation ReportCountyroadprojectmap and federal review agency comments and current practices. 



arrow MPO/PPC Seeking Firms for Planning Services

The MPO and Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) are requesting qualified firms to submit proposals for consideration in the selection of professional planning services. Professional planning services are being sought for five sub-areas. These include multimodal transportation planning and analysis, economic analysis, communications and public involvement, urban design, and land use and redevelopment. Consultants may apply for one or more sub areas. See RFP documents and schedule for more information. Completed proposals are due on February 3, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.



arrow MPO Approves Fall Update of Transportation Improvement Program

The MPO approved the annual fall update of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at their monthly meeting on November 18. The fall update involves incorporating the new locally adopted Pinellas County and municipal transportation work programs into the TIP. Provided below are links to the new work programs, maps identifying the project locations and corresponding summary tables that identify the changes in the County work program from the previous year.



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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