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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 »

Drones in Planning: A Tool for Visual Storytelling

Editor’s Note: This is the first in what we hope is a continuing feature of guest posts written by our partners in the community. Read on to learn about the emerging role of drones in planning from Jacobs planner Chris Zuppa. Last year, TripAdvisor ranked Clearwater Beach as the number one beach in the country, so it’s… Read more »

Lessons learned from St. Louis

Sidewalk built over I-64 to connect a residential neighborhood with jobs and services.

While building transportation projects is a contentious process in Tampa Bay, we are not alone in struggling to engage the community and get projects done. I wrote in my previous post about the Florida Department of Transportation’s peer exchange trip to St. Louis for about 20 local representatives, a trip designed to give us a… Read more »

Building community by learning from others

One of the first lessons I learned as a consultant many years ago is that every community has its own public decision-making process. What flies by with no commentary in one city can make for contentious late-evening public input and visceral debate in another. Whether it’s advancing a transportation project or making changes to a… Read more »