The purpose of this study is to conduct an evaluation of transit options for the extension of premium transit service between the USF area in Hillsborough County and the Wesley Chapel area in Pasco County.
The study determines feasible alternatives that could be advanced to a formal Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Alternatives Analysis and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study. The major work efforts includes development of a Purpose and Need statement, operation plans, public engagement, capital and operations/maintenance cost estimates, estimates of 2035 transit ridership, and identification of potential economic, social and environmental impacts, resulting in a recommended strategy. Coordination between Hillsborough and Pasco Counties will determine the next steps in alignments and technology.
The study provided alternatives that include LRT, BRT and Express Bus, with express bus as an interim recommendation. Results have been coordinated with local county and transit agency staff to determine how to incorporate into local plans. Presentations will be given to the MPO Boards.