A Connected Region for Our Future Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority
TBARTA Vision • “A world class transportation network for the Tampa Bay region that will connect people and places, move goods and services, enhance the quality of life, and offer transportation optionsthat are safe, sustainable, affordable, and efficient. We will act as a catalyst for a vibrant economic future through leadership, collaboration, and partnerships.” • - Adopted December 2008 What is TBARTA?
A Vision for the Future: A Balanced, Multimodal System
Why it’s Important • 4 million residents, 3.3 million jobs • 750,000+ dailytrips between Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties • Congestion increasing – 3x more in the next 25 years • Costs increasing while revenue decreases • Transportation = Economic Vibrancy What is TBARTA?
TBARTA Master Plan Transit • Transit Network • Freight Network • Roadway Network • Public engagement • Right Now Solutions • Vanpool, Carpool Ridematching, School Program, Emergency Ride Home, Telework • Regionally-significant Issues • Air quality and land use Freight Roadway
2013 Regional Priority Projects • Roosevelt Connector • Extension of the Suncoast Parkway • Managed Lanes on SR 54/56 • Express Lanes on I-275 • Howard Frankland Bridge • TIA People Mover/Intermodal Center What’s our focus?
What are people saying? • Connections to airports • Work with CSX to use existing rail lines for passenger traffic • Expand local bus service • Improve safety and service for bicyclists, pedestrians, the disabled and senior citizens • Regional transportation needs to come sooner rather than later • Consider the examples of other cities for successful transit modes, financing, alignment • Not convinced of rail as a solution How do we get there?
Next Steps • Continue to partner with transportation agencies/authorities to improve service & maximize efficiencies • Engage the private sector in the delivery of transportation services • Expand “nontraditional” methods of implementing transportation solutions What’s Next?