January Transportation Committee Meeting

Posted On 01/12/2021 by Matt Lettelleir

Updates from today’s Transportation Committee Meeting:


  • Scooter Share had 60,000 rides in first 2 months
  • 100 electric assists bicycles joining COAST bike share
  • Ferry ridership at limited capacity still high. Commissioned committee to work towards making service permanent


  • Autonomous Shuttle Pilot (“Ava”) extremely popular, outpacing Tampa pilot.
  • SunRunner stations are being constructed, expected launch in Q4
  • Tripled electric bus fleet (not 6 buses)



  • Howard Frankland will be shut down January 16 at 8 PM through noon January 17th.
  • Gateway Expressway on schedule for 2022 completion
  • I-275 shoulder hardening to be completed this summer

Tampa/Hillsborough Expressway Authority:

  • Gandy Extension completion in late spring/early summer
  • PD&E to expand expressway capacity between Gandy and Downtown

Forward Pinellas:

  • Downtown Mobility Study wrapping up. Findings and model development next.


  • Expected push for changes to Downtown spurs to reduce physical barrier between downtown and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Options include: conversion to boulevards, dropping highway below grade and capping, or raising similar to Selmon Extension


  • Concerns over minor ridership (looking at ID rescans periodically)
  • Scooter Serial Numbers enlarged to aid law enforcement
  • Signage and education efforts increased

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