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arrow Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Amendment of Public Participation Plan Concerning Citizen Advisory Committee Membership - Public Hearing Scheduled for July 13

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arrow MPO Adopts 2016/17 - 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program

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arrow MPO to Consider Approval of TIP Amendment on July 13 to Add Safety Improvements on 3rd and 4th Streets in St. Petersburg

The MPO will conduct a public hearing on July 13, 2016 to provide an opportunity for public review and comment on a proposed amendment to the FY 2015/16 – FY 2019/20 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The proposed amendment adds $5,000 in FY 2015/16 and $200,000 in FY 2016/17 for the design phase of a traffic operations and safety project on 3rd Street North and 4thtipamendment Street North from 5th Avenue South to 5th Avenue North in the City of St. Petersburg.Portable Document Format file The proposed improvements include the installation of intersection bulb-outs, sidewalk ramps, signal modifications and a high emphasis crosswalk. The funding sources for this project are FDOT’s Highway Safety Program (HSP) and in-house product support (DIH) funds. This project is included in the new TIP that takes effect on July 1. But since it is scheduled to begin between July and September, 2016, the project must be added to the current year TIP. The current year TIP remains in effect until October 1, 2016.

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 MPO Adopts 2016/17 - 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program

The MPO adopted its annual Transportation Improvement Program on June, 8 following a public hearing.  The TIP now includes the new Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Five Year Final Tentative Work Program.Portable Document Format file Maps and tables summarizing the FY 2016/17 – 2020/21 TIP as well as the new and rescheduled projects it includes are provided below.

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 FDOT District 7 and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.  It also includes project priority lists that are utilized to guide the allocation of State and Federal funding for transportation projects in Pinellas County.   

 

 

arrow Public Comment Period Open on Proposed Amendment of Public Participation Plan Concerning Citizen Advisory Committee Membership - Public Hearing Scheduled for July 13

The MPO Public Participation Plan (PPP) is proposed for amendment to reflect changes cac to the Citizens Advisory Committee bylaws that were approved by the MPO on June 8, 2016.  The proposed changes concern the process for appointing Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) members.  New language associated with the changes is shown below.  There is a public comment period on the proposed amendment of the PPP that extends to July 11, 2016.  Citizens may provide comments during this time and during the MPO public hearing on the item at their July 13 Board meeting.  

Anyone interested in serving on the CAC must complete an MPO Advisory Committee Member applicationPortable Document Format file and attend at least one CAC meeting in order to be considered for appointment. This includes individuals recommended by MPO Board members.  Elected officials are not eligible to serve on the Committee.  Considerations in the appointment of CAC members are listed below in order of priority.

  1. Minority representation as reflected in population data for Pinellas County and the MPO Title VI Plan. 
  2. Effect on balance of age and gender of the Committee.
  3. Whether the candidate previously served on the Committee.  Individuals without prior experience on the Committee shall be given preference over those who previously served.
 For at-large positions, consideration shall be given to how the individual would affect the balance of geographic representation on the Committee.  The geographical representation of at-large Committee members should be equitable to the fullest extent possible.  

The July 13 public hearing on the proposed amendment of the PPP 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 FDOT Announces Plans for Downtown Palm Harbor Intersection

In a May 13 news release,Portable Document Format file the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 Office announced that Palm Harbor won’t be getting a roundabout at the Alternate US 19/Florida Avenue intersection, the gateway entrance to the downtown area.  downtown palm harborInstead, FDOT will be installing a pedestrian controlled crosswalk with rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs),pedcrossings a safety improvement for people crossing Alternate US 19 at Florida Avenue.

Area residents surveyed at a December 8, 2015 public workshop at Palm Harbor University High School favored the construction of a roundabout as the best option for addressing their traffic concerns.  Foremost among those concerns is pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

East of Alternate US 19, Florida Avenue serves as downtown Palm Harbor’s main street.  West of Alternate US 19, it connects to the Pinellas Trail and Pop Stansell Park.  The Park and the Trail, in particular, generate significant bicycling and walking activity. But there are no accommodations to get them safety back and forth across Alternate US 19.   RRFB

With their announcement, FDOT indicated that the RRFBs address the need to enhance the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists traveling across Alternate US 19.  The RRFB installation will include a refuge median island and overhead street lighting. FDOT will continue to coordinate with Pinellas County and the MPO to evaluate the performance of the crosswalk improvements upon installation. 

RRFBs are a relatively inexpensive approach to increasing yielding rates of motorists approaching pedestrian street crossings.  They use a stutter flash pattern similar to emergency vehicles. A 2010 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study of activity occurring at several RRFB locations, primarily in the City of St. Petersburg, revealed an 88 percent rate of motorist compliance.  roundabout

The modern roundabout is a circular intersection that slows and improves the efficiency of traffic flow while reducing crashes.  They have existed since the 1960s in the United Kingdom, but weren’t built in the U.S. until the 1990s.  They have been growing in popularity since then.  There are approximately five thousand operating in the U.S. today.  According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts reduce road fatalities and injuries by 85-90 percent. 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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
mpo@pinellascounty.org

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