Sue Chrzan from the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway (THEA) addressed the audience with a power point presentation on the Selmon Expressway Extension, highlighting elements including:
- The project is funded 100%, the Extension requires no tax dollars
- The Selmon extension would offer visibility to businesses and neighborhoods from both sides of Gandy Blvd.
- Gandy is a hurricane evacuation route for 1.8M families in Tampa Bay. During an evacuation both sides of the Selmon Extension will be opened travelling East allowing for a more efficient and safer dedicated hurricane evacuation route
- August 24th THEA will hold the first virtual town hall offering an overview
- Oct. 2016 eta for final concept plan; June 2017 eta for the contract to be awarded; Fall 2020 projected opening of the Selmon Expressway Extension
PSTA Update – Brad Miller
- Expanding first in nation partnership with Uber across Pinellas County. Starting this fall the program connects people to bus stops for a subsidized rate of approx. $1.00
- Through a $300,000 grant-funded pilot demonstration (“TD Late Shift”), low-income and unemployed residents can request up to 23 free rides per month from 9pm to 6am. Rides must be to a place of employment or a residence.
- Awarding a five-year contract that could pay up to $36 million to transport patrons with disabilities who cannot use regular bus service.
- BRT Open Houses coming up?
- Monday August 1st at SPC Downtown Center for Routes serving 4, 14, 18, 20, 32, 74, 79
- Tuesday August 2nd at SPC Gibbs Campus for Routes serving 5, 7, 79
- Forward Pinellas is the new name for Pinellas County MPO
- Federal regulation requiring consolidating MPO’s
- Creating a regional MPO which will allow up to 25 seats on the Board. The largest city (Tampa) will get 2 seats; St. Pete will have only 1 seat therefore will be in minority with loss of control on local level
- Federal Government wants this to happen in 2 years and will have significant impact on how transportation projects are funded
- FDOT attitude is if cannot agree regionally, no funding of federal dollars. South Florida is a good example of regional and funding
Tampa Bay High Speed Ferry Update – Ed Turanchik
- Finalizing agreement with HMS and city of St. Pete and Tampa
- HMS mobilizing in anticipation of service starting Nov. 1st
- Service twice daily, three times daily on weekends
- $10 one-way fare
- “Complete Streets” – 20-member committee to guide city transportation plan including trails
- Bike Share update: continue public outreach; selecting 50 sites for bike lock-up locations and will pare down from this
- Study being conducted on connecting Tampa International Airport (TIA) to the beaches.
Regional Accessibility – Mike Funsch
- Next 4 weeks will be a crash course on merging the Hillsborough and Pinellas County MPOs
- Setting up a monthly conference call
The next Transportation Task Force meeting is on Tuesday, August 23rd at 8:00 am.