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

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News and Updates

arrow September 10 Public Hearing on MPO Project Priorties for Federal Funding

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

arrow Volunteer Auxiliary Trail Rangers Needed!

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 July 9, 2014 MPO MeetingPortable Document Format file

arrow New Transportation Improvement Program Adopted for 2014/15

arrow MPO Approves Resolution Opposing Increases in Truck Weights and Sizes


 

September 10 Public Hearing on MPO Project Priorties for Federal Funding

The MPO will conduct a public hearing on September 10, 2014 to provide an opportunity for review and comment on the annual adoption of the fiscal year (FY) 2014/15 – 2018/19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) priority lists.  These lists identify projects slated for funding under the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) and those recommended through the Congestion Management Process (CMP).

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a systematic approach to managing transportation facilities through the implementation of small scale physical and operational improvements to address areas facilities with high levels of congestion and crash rates.  These aretip facilities where capacity improvements needed to alleviate congestion are not an option due to physical or policy constraints.

Monies allocated through the STP are primarily used to fund major roadway improvements. Amendments are proposed to the STP priority list to add management, operations and safety programs for the State Highway System. This will fund projects identified through the MPO Congestion Management Process.

The TAP funds the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities (e.g., trails, sidewalks) as well as safety improvements such as pedestrian activated flashing beacons and median refuge islands. Amendments to the TAP priority list are proposed to reflect modifications and replacements to 11 City of St. Petersburg projects and the submittal of three new project applications by the cities of Clearwater and Gulfport and Pinellas County.  An additional change is proposed to remove a sidewalk project that is being funded through another source.

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 Volunteer Auxiliary Rangers Needed!rangerimage

Pinellas County is looking for additional volunteers to support its Auxiliary Trail Ranger Program.  Auxiliary rangers augment the services provided by the County's staff of park rangers, patroling the Trail and providing assistance to people along the way. These volunteer rangers help to ensure the County's trail system remains safe and accessible to visitors and residents. Apply here.rangers

 

 

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.

 

 


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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