The 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan for Pinellas County
Advantage Pinellas is a strategic plan to improve mobility and economic opportunity countywide. As a metropolitan planning organization, Forward Pinellas determines what transportation projects should receive state and federal funding in Pinellas County with its long range plan. The plan identifies the major transportation needs for our communities and enables them to receive critical funding in the future – without inclusion in the plan, a transportation project cannot be eligible for this funding resource and may not be built. Forward Pinellas creates a new Long Range Transportation plan every five years, and is in the process of developing that plan – the Advantage Pinellas plan – now.
Advantage Pinellas also includes the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Community Bus Plan, pairing transportation and transit planning to ensure we have a clear, comprehensive and integrated vision for the ways people can travel.
Advantage Pinellas Survey Results
Because Pinellas County residents are the ones who will be using the transportation options we plan for, we asked you to help us decide which projects are priorities over the next 25 years. The Advantage Pinellas MetroQuest survey was open for the month of July; we presented a summary of the results to our board in September.
Along with the MPOs of Hillsborough and Pasco counties, Forward Pinellas has been working to evaluate how the region could grow depending on a variety of transportation investment choices. Tampa Bay is already in the top 20 most populated regions in the country, with estimates that a million more people will move here in the next 20 years. Because growth and transportation do not stop at county borders, the three MPOs have been closely coordinating transportation planning activities. An online survey, It’s Time Tampa Bay, launched in the summer of 2018 to gauge opinions on transportation and development throughout the region. The results of the survey will be critical in informing the ultimate selection of projects to advance for funding by 2045.
In addition to regional outreach activities, Forward Pinellas has been busy engaging our local residents and stakeholders in a variety of ways. In 2018, we completed a statistically valid survey of the public, which gave us a few key takeaways about what residents want from our transportation and transit systems. Agency staff members have also been attending a wide array of events to gain feedback on what types of projects people want to see funded in the Advantage Pinellas Plan. If you would like to request a speaker for an upcoming event or association meeting, please contact Planning Manager Chelsea Favero.
While Advantage Pinellas is currently under development and Forward Pinellas is seeking extensive public input into that process, the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan remains the agency’s guiding plan on transportation until fall 2019.
Information on the adopted LRTP that is currently in effect is available below.
Other LRTP documents are available in the document portal. A full list of amendments and modifications to the LRTP is also available.