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TBX and the choices we face

The recent vote to support funding for the Tampa Bay Express (TBX) in the Hillsborough County MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program illustrates the difficult choices we face to improve transportation in the Tampa Bay region. The Florida Department of Transportation’s plan to construct variable priced toll lanes on Interstate 275, I-4 and I-75 has sparked much public debate… Read more »

St. Petersburg Residents Select Locations for Bike Share Stations

In April, the St. Petersburg City Council approved funding for a bike share program in its downtown area.  The program will launch in September with the roll out of 30 stations and 300 GPS-enabled smart bikes.  Now the City needs to figure out where to locate the stations and they’re looking to the locals for… Read more »

Public Hearing – Proposed Amendments of Transportation Improvement Program, Public Participation Plan and Countywide Plan Map

On July 13, 2016, Forward Pinellas, in its capacity as the metropolitan planning organization, will hold a public hearing regarding Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) proposed amendments and a proposed amendment of the Public Participation Plan. Forward Pinellas, in its capacity as the Pinellas Planning Council, will hold a public hearing on Subthreshold Countywide Plan Map Amendments… Read more »

St. Petersburg Residents Select Locations for Bike Share Stations

Coast bike share bikes

In April, the St. Petersburg City Council approved funding for a bike share program in its downtown area.  The program will launch in September with the roll out of 30 stations and 300 GPS-enabled smart bikes.  Now the City needs to figure out where to locate the stations and they’re looking to the locals for… Read more »

Forward Pinellas – Branding a new identity

The role of transportation and land development in Pinellas County took on increased importance with passage of a special act of the Florida Legislature in 2014 unifying a 13-member governing board of local elected officials with responsibility for countywide transportation and land use planning. Pinellas remains Florida’s most densely developed county with nearly one million residents… Read more »

Streets for Everyone – Gil Penalosa Brings His Healthy Cities Message to St. Petersburg

http://forwardpinellas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/1280px-ciclovc3ada_bogotc3a1_cra_7_con_cl_17.jpg Elected officials and professionals involved in efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in their communities often talk about mobility and safety being the top priorities. These are necessary pursuits. But the core values of building a quality transportation system are about health and equity. These themes are central to the mission of 8 80 Cities,… Read more »

Improving Gulf Boulevard Safety is No Accident

Pick almost any month and you can read about a crash involving a pedestrian and automobile somewhere along Gulf Boulevard in Pinellas County. Often, these crashes include a fatality or serious injury. It’s an unfortunate and unacceptable situation that results from a combination of increased travel demand, conflicts over limited space, unfamiliar tourists, and a busy… Read more »

Changes Coming to Gandy Boulevard

In 2012, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) informed the MPO that bids on projects around the state were coming in lower than expected and that FDOT had extra (that’s right-extra!) money for transportation projects.  Turns out, they had just about enough to fund improvements to Gandy Boulevard from 4th Street North to 16th Street… Read more »