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Master Plan Effort to Revitalize and Connect Gateway Area Kicks Off

An unprecedented partnership effort launched this past week to transform transportation and development in Pinellas County’s economic center, the Gateway/Mid-County Area. The Gateway Master Plan is a collaborative effort led by Forward Pinellas, the countywide land use and transportation planning agency, along with funding partners Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Largo, the… Read more »

The rising tide: Adapting our coastal communities to a changing climate

Pinellas County is regarded by many—justifiably—as a coastal paradise. But last year’s run-in with Hurricane Irma reminded us all that life on the coast has its dangers, too. With global temperatures steadily warming, research suggests that hurricanes are growing stronger and waters are rising higher. Communities need to plan their future growth carefully to keep… Read more »

Finding the Missing Middle – An Opportunity to Complete the Spectrum of Housing Options in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay housing market is underserved in providing affordable housing options for residents, and that trend is expected to grow. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Tampa Bay region had the fourth highest population growth in the country for 2016. Additionally, 39 percent of Pinellas County households are considered cost-burdened by the Department… Read more »

New report offers snapshot of transportation in Pinellas County

Is traffic congestion getting better or worse in Pinellas County? How many people are using the Pinellas Trail? Are the streets getting safer for pedestrians? If you’ve ever asked questions like these—or just wanted to know more about the current state of transportation —the Countywide Trends and Conditions Report for Pinellas County is for you…. Read more »

Connecting an Underserved Community in Pinellas County

Joe's Creek

Residents of Lealman and Kenneth City could have another transportation option in their area’s future – one that positively affects community health, is safe, and provides an inexpensive option by not requiring a car. Forward Pinellas and consultant AECOM, in partnership with Pinellas County, have completed a planning study that is the first step in… Read more »

Transportation Technology Forum discusses emerging technologies

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Forward Pinellas Transportation Technology Forum on September 28, 2017. The forum provided a platform for information sharing, discussion and decision-making on innovative and emerging transportation technologies, ranging from aerial transit to autonomous and connected vehicles. The presentations from the forum are available on our website. To ensure… Read more »

Questions unanswered about forming Regional MPO

northbound Howard Frankland Bridge

St. Petersburg Council Member Jim Kennedy is a member and former chair of our board. Given recent editorials and articles in the Tampa Bay Times about forming a regional MPO, he felt compelled to respond. An abbreviated version of this letter ran in today’s paper.  The Tampa Bay Times continues to beat the drum for a regional… Read more »