The 2040 Pinellas County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the blueprint for the county’s future transportation system and addresses roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian transportation needs and policies over the next 20 years. The LRTP is required for Pinellas County to receive state and federal funding for transportation projects. It outlines a plan for how transportation investments will be made through 2040, identifying and prioritizing transportation projects for funding based on the established goals in the adopted Plan. The LRTP is developed every five years to account for the latest growth patterns, socioeconomic trends and mobility needs for the future.
The 2040 LRTP responds to the regional vision of creating an interconnected, reliable, and sustainable transportation network that provides people with efficient choices for different modes of travel. In order to accomplish this, 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) which includes representation from eight different counties throughout the Tampa Bay region. The LRTP also reflects the goals, policies and improvements identified in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Transit Development Plan and the Countywide Plan. Coordination in developing the 2040 LRTP also includes local government partners that contribute to the creation and validation of future growth patterns. Addressing these growth patterns, which are reflected in the local government comprehensive plans, helps to determine the necessary transportation investments for the future.
- Support and further economic development.
- Provide a balanced and integrated multimodal transportation system for all local and regional travel.
- Provide a safe and secure transportation system for all users.
- Provide for, manage and operate an efficient transportation system.
- Encourage public participation and ensure that the transportation plan and other MPO planning activities reflect the needs of the community, including those that are traditionally underserved.
- Enhance quality of life and promote sustainability
- March 14, 2018 – Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) preferred route. The amendment updated the Long Range Transportation Plan to identify a locally preferred alternative route for the Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project. The amendment will update the transit maps to reflect this route. This amendment does not impact the cost feasibility of the LRTP.
- February 14, 2018 – Howard Frankland Bridge Replacement Project. The amendment changed the description and project cost for the Howard Frankland Bridge Replacement project, reflecting the design updates that have occurred since the adoption of the plan in 2014. The amendment also removed two segments of U.S. Highway 19 from the LRTP, from South of Lake Street to the Pasco County Line, allowing for additional flexibility in determining the ultimate configuration of the roadway in northern Pinellas County.
- 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 County beaches. 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.
- May 10, 2017 – Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) amendment to add the Gateway Opportunity Corridor to the Plan. The BPMP is included in the LRTP by reference and any changes to the BPMP serve as modifications to the LRTP.
- September 13, 2016 – LRTP Transit Vision Plan Map. Identify project on Transit Vision map to establish express bus service from downtown St. Petersburg to downtown Tampa. This modification will not affect the financial feasibility of the 2040 LRTP. The proposed route connects downtown St. Petersburg to HART’s Marion Transit Center in downtown Tampa, with stops at Gateway Mall (St. Petersburg) and Britton Plaza Station (Tampa). The express service utilizes I- 275 in Pinellas County and the Gandy Bridge. The project is currently unfunded. The amended map reflects a vision of a future bus service to major activity centers with improved 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.
- 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.
- November 18, 2015 – 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.
- September 9, 2015 – Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan. Added Trail extension on Michigan Boulevard, from Dunedin Community Center to CR 1.
- 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 Trail
- 3rd Street/Salt Creek, Booker Creek to 26th Avenue South, bike lanes/trail
- 26th Avenue South, 31st Street to Skyway Trail, bike lanes
- April 8, 2015 – Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
- Oldsmar – removal of planned trail from Sheffield Park to Curlew Avenue, removal of planned trail along Forest Lakes Drive from Pine Avenue to Pinellas/Hillsborough County Line and addition of planned pedestrian overpass at SR 580 and St. Petersburg Drive.
- Pinellas County (Unincorporated) – addition of planned Joe’s Creek Trail along bank of Joe’s Creek from 54th Avenue North to 34th Street.
- St. Petersburg – addition of planned bike lanes on 9th Avenue North from 66th Street to 58th Street, Central Avenue from 34th Street to Park Street and 22nd Avenue South from 37th Street to 49th Street.
Other LRTP documents are available in the document portal.