TBARTA and the Florida Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Pinellas MPO and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), conducted an Alternatives Analysis to look at premium transit options connecting the major activity centers in Pinellas County—Clearwater, Gateway area, and St. Petersburg. Connections to Hillsborough County were also examined. The study evaluated feasible alternatives and identified a preferred alternative, as consistent with the TBARTA Master Plan.
The study followed the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts Guidelines for Alternatives Analyzes. The major work efforts for this study included refinement of a Purpose and Need statement, public engagement, alignment options, capital and operations/maintenance cost estimates, year 2035 forecasted ridership estimates, identification of potential economic, social and environmental impacts, and the recommendation of a Locally Preferred Alternative.
Project is complete and advancing as part of the Pinellas County Greenlight Plan.