In its capacity as the metropolitan planning organization for Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas adopts a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by July 1 annually to ensure that the County is eligible to receive State and Federal funding for transportation projects. The TIP contains project descriptions, schedules, and corresponding funding allocations regarding transportation improvement projects for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the 25 local governments of Pinellas County, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), local airports, and the Port of St. Petersburg. The projects include new construction, reconstruction, capital purchases, and maintenance work associated with roads, sidewalks, trails, transit services, airports, and the port, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. The TIP also identifies the MPO’s priority projects for State and Federal funding.
The FDOT will periodically request amendments to the TIP in situations where projects are modified or added to the five year schedule. Projects may be modified due to changes in funding, scheduling or scope of work.
2016/17 – 2020/21 TIP Fall Update
Forward Pinellas updated the 2016/17 – 2020/21 TIP on November 9, 2016, following a public hearing. The document contains project priority lists for Federal and State funding. These priority lists are utilized in the allocation of Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program funds to Pinellas County. They also guide the development of the State’s Five-Year Work Program and are reviewed and adopted by the Forward Pinellas Board each year. The 2016/17 – 2020/21 TIP took effect on October 1, 2016.
The Draft 2017/18 – 2021/22 TIP is now available but will not be officially adopted by the Forward Pinellas Board until its June 14, 2017 meeting. This meeting will include a public hearing on the Board’s adoption of the TIP, and public comments will be received at that time. Public comments on the TIP, however, are welcome at any time. This document will have the most updated FDOT Work Program included.
Surface Transportation Program
The Surface Transportation Program is a flexible funding source allocated through the Federal Highway Trust Fund. It can be used for construction of transportation projects serving any mode of transportation as well as for planning purposes.
Transportation Alternatives Program
Transportation Alternatives Program funding is a set aside of STP funds for the purpose of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.
Congestion Management, Operations and Safety Project Priorities List
The TIP also includes a list of priority operations and safety projects identified through the Congestion Management Process (CMP). The CMP is designed to ensure that lower cost alternatives to major capital investments are considered in identifying improvements necessary to address roadway congestion. The CMP utilizes the annual State of the System Report, which highlights travel trends and reports on traffic conditions and transportation system performance.
Travel trends and patterns evaluated for the Congestion Management Process are reported in the annual Level of Service Report as well as the Crash Data Report. These traffic congestion and related problems are then addressed by identifying small scale physical improvements such as intersection modifications, median closings and sidewalk construction to fill existing gaps in the network. They are scheduled in the TIP when funding becomes available.
The Transportation Improvement Program and associated documents are available in the document portal.