Welcome to Pinellas On Track!
PinellasOnTrack serves as your official online source for the Pinellas Alternatives Analysis (AA) study. The Pinellas AA is a key step in developing an interconnected regional transit system in West Central Florida. The study findings are a blueprint for implementing premium transit service (such as bus rapid transit or light rail) connecting major residential, employment, and activity centers within Pinellas County and to Hillsborough County via the Howard Frankland Bridge.
FINAL REPORT: Click here to view the Pinellas AA Final Report page, as presented at the December 10, 2012 Advisory Committee for Pinellas Transportation meeting. There you will find the Final Master Document, Final Summary Report, and links to Technical Memoranda.
LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE: Based on 18 months of technical evaluation, agency coordination, and public participation, including a month-long public comment period on the Draft LPA (click link to see the Draft LPA page which includes the Pinellas AA background story and other visuals), the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) endorsed the LPA at their January 30, 2012 meeting: light rail transit connecting Clearwater, Largo, the Greater Gateway area, Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, with a regional connection across Tampa Bay to Hillsborough County. This also includes significant countywide local bus enhancements to the existing PSTA network to support the service.
UPCOMING MEETINGS: The next meeting of the Advisory Committee for Pinellas Transportation (ACPT) is on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at PSTA, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL. For more information about the ACPT, visit PSTA's website.
The ACPT is made up of representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation, the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (Dunedin Commissioner Julie Bujalski & Largo Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier), the Pinellas Planning Council (St. Petersburg Councilman Jim Kennedy and Clearwater Councilwoman Doreen Hock-DiPolito), the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (County Commissioners Susan Latvala & Kenneth Welch), and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (St. Petersburg Councilman Jeff Danner & County Commissioner Karen Seel).
ETOWNHALL MEETINGS: Thank you to the 5,040 people who joined us on Jan.18, 2012 for our fourth and final telephone and online eTownHall, A Transit Alternative for a Stronger, Faster Pinellas! If you missed the event or any other events, view a replay or read the blog postings at Pinellas County's eTownHall website.
- Study Area Project Map
- Team Structure and Responsibilities
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Process Chart
- Pinellas AA Goals and Objectives
- Pinellas AA Public Involvement Plan
PROJECT PURPOSE: To identify transit options that improve Pinellas County’s and West Central Florida’s quality of life. In doing so, the study looks to implement fixed-guideway transit service connecting major residential, employment, and activity centers in Pinellas County to Hillsborough County and future regional services.
BACKGROUND: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in partnership with the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are seeking to complete an AA study to investigate transit connections between Downtown St. Petersburg, Pinellas Gateway area, Downtown Clearwater, and Hillsborough County.
At its core, an AA is focused on providing the public, local officials, and potential funding partners with sufficient information to answer the following questions:
- What is the best solution for addressing our transportation problems?
- What are its benefits?
- What are its impacts?
- How much is it going to cost?, and
- How are we going to pay for it?