Where should we prioritize our transportation investments?
What are the emerging transportation needs for Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region?
How do we make our roads safer?
What is the role of public transportation in the future?
These are some of the questions addressed in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the blueprint for Pinellas County’s future transportation system. The LRTP is designed to meet the long-term mobility needs for people and goods in Pinellas County through 2040. The Plan also seeks to improve the safety and efficiency of the County's transportation facilities and services while stimulating economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for its citizens. The latest edition of the LRTP, which extends the horizon year to 2040, was adopted by the MPO in 2014.
The LRTP is
required by Federal Law in order for the
County to receive Federal and State funding
for transportation improvements. The Plan is utilized to prioritize and earmark this funding for transportation projects in Pinellas County
and is the focal point of the MPO’s planning programs and activities.
- Support and further economic development.
- Provide a balanced and integrated multi-modal
transportation system for local and regional travel.
- Provide for a safe and secure transportation
system for all users.
- Provide for, manage and operate an efficient
- Encourage public participation and ensure that
the transportation plan and other MPO planning
activities reflect the needs of the community,
particularly those that are traditionally underserved.
- Enhance quality of life and promote
The LRTP considers all principal modes of transportation as an integrated system including automobile travel, public transportation, bicycling, walking and flight. The preparation and implementation of the Plan is coordinated with other long-range transportation plans in the West Central Florida Region under the guidance of the Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC). The LRTP also reflects the goals, policies and improvements identified in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Transit Development Plan and Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) Countywide Plan.
The LRTP is developed every five years to account for the latest growth patterns, socioeconomic trends and mobility needs for the future. The previous version of the Plan, the 2035 LRTP, was adopted in 2009.
LRTP Documents and Links
- April 8, 2015 - Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
- July 8, 2015 - Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan (numbers below correspond with map)
||74th Street, planned Joe’s Creek Trail to Pinellas Trail, bike lanes or shared road use markings
||68th Street, planned Joe’s Creek Trail to Tyrone Boulevard frontage road, bike lanes or shared road use markings
||Sawgrass Lake Park service road, 25th Street/Park entrance to Gandy Boulevard, trail
||28th Street, 62nd Avenue North to Sawgrass Lake Park service road, shared road use markings
||CSX Corridor, 46th Avenue North to 9th Avenue North and Booker Creek Traila, trail
||3rd Street/Salt Creek, Booker Creek to 26th Avenue South, bike lanes/trail
||26th Avenue South, 31st Street to Skyway Trail, bike lanes
- September 9, 2015 - Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan. Added Trail extension on Michigan Boulevard, from Dunedin Community Center to CR 1.
February 10, 2016 - Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). This project would implement a bus rapid transit service on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg between downtown and the south Countybeaches. The amendment includes 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.
- November 18, 2015 - The 2040 MPO Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) includes a Transit Vision Plan that connects bus service to major activity centers while increasing frequencies and hours of service. This Vision Plan is based on the Community Bus Plan adopted by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Board in 2014. Modifications to the LRTP were approved by the MPO to incorporate some additional routes, projects and facilities identified in the Community Bus Plan. These include the regional bus routes on East Lake Road and SR 60, the Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project, in its entirety, and additional park-and-ride locations. These proposed modifications are shown on the amended map.
- December 9, 2015 - The MPO approved the modifications described below.
- Revision of the project limits described on page 5-5 for the I-275 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to match the TIP. The project is currently underway in Pinellas County. In order to complete this study and receive federal approval, the description of this project must be consistent between the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and in the LRTP.
- Revision of the project limits of the I-275 Express Lanes (FPN #424501-2) on pages 5-19 and 5-23 to match the TIP where it is currently scheduled for construction. In order for this project to advance, the descriptions in the TIP and LRTP must be consistent.
- Add 4th Street/I-175 interchange project to page 5-24. The City of St. Petersburg identified this project which involves reconfiguring the 4th Street/I-175 interchange to allow direct access to the interstate for northbound motorists on 4th Street. There is no funding earmarked for this project.
- Add footnotes to pages 5-24 and 5-26 to clarify the sources of funding for the projects shown. These modifications respond to comments received from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
- Modify Appendix E to clarify the source of funding for the identified projects. This is also in response to comments received from FHWA.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
About the TIP
In addition to the Long Range Transportation Plan,
one of the principal responsibilities of the MPO
is the development and maintenance of the Transportation
The TIP is a Federal requirement necessary for
Pinellas County to receive State and Federal capital
improvement funds for transportation projects.
The TIP contains the scheduled work programs of
Pinellas County, the Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT), municipal governments and the Pinellas
Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). These work
programs include projects to construct road, airport,
sidewalk, trail, transit and Port of St. Petersburg
improvements. They also include planned capital
purchases by PSTA and funding allocations for
The TIP also includes priority project lists for the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program. The STP funds are primarily used for road construction projects and the TA funds are primarily used for non highway construction projects such as sidewalk and trail improvements. These priority lists are approved annually by the MPO to guide FDOT's allocation of Federal and State funds. The TIP is annually approved by the MPO in June and subsequently adopted by FDOT as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program in July. The TIP is updated in the fall of each year to include the new County and municipal work programs.
2015/16 TIP Amendments
Approved by the MPO on May 11, 2016
- FPN# 4343041 - PSTA Section 5339 Capital Activities
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) received a $1.4 million FTA Section 5339 funding allocation for FY 2015/16. Section 5339 provides funds for capital purchases to replace, rehabilitate and acquire buses and/or related equipment and facilities. The amendment allows PSTA to receive federal authorization of the funds.
The amendment reflects a cost increase in the project from approximately $70 million to $99 million, and a change in the description of its location. In addition, the amendment advances the construction of the project from FY 2019/20 to 2016/17.
The project was previously shown as extending from south of 118th Avenue to south of 4th Street. The location identified in the amendment is from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of 4th Street. The project is “segment 2” of the Tampa Bay Express I-275 improvements, which include the addition of two lanes from south of Gandy Boulevard to north of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa.
Approved by the MPO on February 10, 2016
- FPN# 4390041 – State of Good Repair Grant. This amendment schedules $16,571 of State of Good Repair (SGR) grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funds will be utilized by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) for facility maintenance. The SGR Program makes Federal funding available specifically for rehabilitating and replacing public transportation assets to keep systems in a state of good repair.
- FPN# 4290602 – Intersection improvements on SR 686/Roosevelt Boulevard at Lake Carillon Drive. This amendment adds $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 project 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. A TIP amendment was necessary to add the project to the Surface Transportation Program priority list and to allow Federal and State funding to be secured for the project.
Approved by the MPO on November 18, 2015
Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) received a $287,600 grant in FY 2015/16 to provide capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and facilities. Because the Pinellas County MPO is the “designated recipient” for Section 5339 funds, the funds need to be included in the current Pinellas County TIP in order to receive federal authorization. The funding source is a Bus and Bus Facilities Section 5339 Program grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
This amendment adds $1,000 in FY 2015/16 to provide for FDOT’s coordination and oversight of the Environmental Assessment (EA) document being produced by Pinellas County during its Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) Study for this bridge replacement. The EA will ultimately be sent by FDOT to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for approval. The Dunedin Causeway Bridge spans are 52 years old and do not meet current design standards for pedestrians and bicyclists. Therefore, the bridge is considered to be functionally obsolete. The funding source for the project is the Surface Transportation Program.
As with the Dunedin Causeway project, this amendment adds $1,000 in FY 2015/16 to provide for FDOT’s coordination and oversight of the EA document being produced by the County during its PD&E Study for the bridge replacement. The EA will also be sent by FDOT to FHWA for approval. The San Martin Bridge extends over Riviera Bay in northeastern St. Petersburg. The bridge is 53 years old and does not meet current design standards for pedestrians and bicyclists and is, therefore, functionally obsolete. The funding source is the Surface Transportation Program.
This amendment adds $91,942 in FY 2015/16 for FDOT to conduct a feasibility study for construction of a pedestrian overpass at Bayshore Boulevard and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard (S.R. 60). The overpass is part of the Pinellas County portion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail from Bayshore Boulevard to east of Tampa Bay Bridge #138. The Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail extends from Clearwater to Tampa. The MPO added this pedestrian overpass to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program priority list due to a safety concern. People reaching the western end of the Trail who wish to continue to the Ream Wilson Trail to the north must cross Gulf-to- Bay Boulevard at grade. This section of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard is a six-lane road carrying 50,000 vehicles a day.
Administrative Amendment, July 28, 2015
Approved by the MPO on July 8, 2015
- FPN# 434304-1. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Bus Replacement. This amendment schedules $1,439,358 for acquisition of a PSTA bus in fiscal year 2015/16.