Who are we?

The Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are the survey sponsors. MPOs are transportation planning boards mandated by federal and state law. Among other things, MPOs are responsible for establishing priorities for state and federal funding to meet long-term (20+ years) transportation needs. The MPOs are governed by boards made up of county commissioners, mayors, city council members, and appointed officials from each county.

What is this survey all about?

In this survey, we’re seeking your thoughts on three very different transportation and growth scenarios. Survey results will help the three MPOs create the very first tri-county Long Range Transportation Plan for Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

What will you do with my survey responses?

The survey responses that we receive will be compiled to help us prioritize important projects, modes of transportation, and funding strategies for the tri-county region.

What will you do with my personal information collected with the survey?

The demographic information that you provide will be combined with that of all other survey-takers to ensure that we are receiving input that reflects the region’s diversity. Email addresses will be entered into the drawing to win tickets to see the Bucs, Lightning, or Florida Orchestra. We will contact winners via the email address provided.

When does the survey contest end? How will I know if I won?

If you complete the survey and provide your email address by October 1, 2018, you will automatically be entered in the drawing for prizes.  You can also participate in the drawing by sending your name, address and phone number to Sharon Snyder at snyders@plancom.org.  The drawing for seven prizes will be held during the Hillsborough MPO Board Meeting on October 2, 2018 at 9am. Winners will be contacted following the meeting via the email provided.

How can I take it if I don’t speak English? Como puedo tomar la encuesta si no hablo ingles?

We have a variety of options available for you to complete the survey. Instead of completing it online, please contact us for a hardcopy version which has been translated into Spanish. If necessary, we also have Spanish speakers who can assist you in completing the survey.

Hay una variedad de opciones disponibles para que completar la encuesta. En lugar de completarlo en línea, contáctenos aquí para una versión impresa que ha sido traducida al español. Si es necesario, también tenemos hispanohablantes que pueden ayudarlo a completar la encuesta.

Can I take it if I don’t live in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas counties?

This survey is open to anyone who lives, works, plays, or has an interest in the future of the Tampa Bay region.

How was this survey developed?

This survey was developed by a team of transportation and land use planners from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The performance data related to traffic jams, commuting, open space and agricultural land, etc. comes from forecasting tools – the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Model (TBRPM) for transportation conditions and a proprietary land use modeling software called Community Viz for land use conditions.

What is a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)?

A long range transportation plan (LRTP) covers a 20+ year timeframe and must be updated at least every five years to account for changing demographic, land use and funding conditions. It outlines what transportation investments will be made through the 20+ year timeframe. The cost of projects listed in the LRTP must balance financially with the revenues from funding sources forecast to be reasonably available over the duration of the plan.

Where can I find the current plan?

The long range plans were adopted in 2014 by the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs. View the respective plans here: Hillsborough’s Imagine 2040 Plan, Pasco’s Mobility 2040 Plan, and Pinellas’ 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.

What is the public’s role in the development this plan?

The public will be asked their opinions on important projects, modes of transportation, and funding strategies for the tri-county region. The MPOs will  use this feedback to refine projects and prioritize funding. Prior to each MPO adopting the final plan, additional public input opportunities such as public hearings will also be available.

Can someone speak to my group about this plan/survey?

As best we can, we will honor all requests to present this plan/survey. To schedule a presentation, contact information for each county can be found here.

When will this plan be completed?

The final Long Range Transportation Plan is slated to be adopted by each individual MPO in November-December 2019.

Are you required by law to complete this plan?

Yes, MPOs are required by federal law to prepare a Long Range Transportation Plan to accomplish the objectives outlined by the MPO, the state, and the public transportation providers for the metropolitan area’s transportation network.

Why are we approving new development when roads are already so bad?

MPOs do not regulate growth, but we do have to take anticipated development into account. Furthermore, state law does not allow local government to stop development because of inadequate roads, but developers can be required to contribute funding to pay for expanded roads and infrastructure. Use these links to learn more about comprehensive land use planning in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco County.

What other ways are transportation projects determined?

MPOs identify projects related to repairing or replacing aging roads and bridges, improving safety, minimizing congestion, and improving regional mobility over the next 20+ years. Other projects come from studies and initiatives such as the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan, Tampa Bay Next, goods movement studies, trails and greenway plans, and local capital improvement programs.

How is funding for transportation projects determined?

Most state and federal transportation funding is allocated to our area by formula. Strategic Intermodal System projects such as Interstate highway widenings are determined by the FDOT. Other projects must compete for discretionary grants such as Federal Transit Administration Capital Investment Grant (a.k.a. ‘New Starts’) funding. To be eligible for state and federal funds, a project must be included in or consistent with a Long Range Transportation Plan. The FDOT and transit authorities decide how to program the funding over the next five to ten years. Locally funded projects are determined by the Boards of County Commissioners, Mayors and City Councils.

How long does it take to complete these types of transportation projects?

It can easily take a decade to plan, find funding for, buy right-of-way for, design, and construct a major transportation project, like widening a major road or building a rapid transit system separated from traffic. That’s why it’s important to make strategic decisions today.

Was your question not answered or would you like further information?

Please send us any other questions you may have, at mpo@plancom.org.