Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority

Today, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) works to advance regional transportation needs in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Our purpose is to plan, develop, fund, implement, and operate a regional transit system in this area. Our vision is a world-class transit system that connects and moves the Tampa Bay region.

TBARTA is also required to produce a regional transit development plan (RTDP), integrating the transit development plans of participant counties, with priority assigned to regionally significant transit projects and facilities. Currently under development, this plan is called Envision 2030.

Goals

  • Develop and maintain a regional transit development plan
  • Develop, implement, and operate a sustainable and efficient regional transit system
  • Identify and secure sustainable funding sources to support a regional transit system

TBARTA Bylaws:

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority
Adopted: August 23, 2019

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this regional transportation authority is the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (hereinafter referred to as “the Authority”), the body politic and corporate, and agency of the State of Florida created by Part V of Chapter 343, Florida Statutes, covering the five county area comprised of Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties.

Authority: Sections 343.90, 343.91(1)(a) and 343.92(1), F.S.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The purpose of these Bylaws is to provide for the internal governance of the Authority, including the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of the Authority’s business, by prescribing quorum and voting requirements for meetings, the process by which minutes and other official records shall be maintained, and the preparation and adoption of an annual budget.

TBARTA Guiding Principles

Implementation Focus

Give primary focus to developing actionable plans and advancing transit concepts into operation.

Regional Partnerships

Work with statewide, regional, and local partners to develop and implement regional transit solutions.

Integrated Planning

Coordinate across counties and communities to implement and operate a regional transit system; coordinate transit planning with land use, economic development, and environmental stewardship decisions to ensure transit solutions address broader regional goals.

Sustainable Funding

Develop sustainable funding options that reflect public support and leverage multiple financing opportunities.

Community Engagement

Communicate and coordinate with all local jurisdictions and the diverse public to develop and implement a regional transit system that reflects the diverse needs of the region’s residents, visitors, and communities.

Innovative Solutions

Leverage emerging technologies and systems to provide mobility choices for workers, residents, and visitors.

Safe and Efficient System

Develop and implement regional transit systems that are safe, efficient, and reliable.

Environmental Stewardship

Develop and implement regional transit systems that protect and, where possible, enhance the quality of the natural and built environment in the region.

Economic Development

Develop and implement regional transit systems that enhance the competitiveness of the region’s economy.

Socioeconomic Mobility

Develop and implement regional transit systems that increase access to jobs, services, and economic opportunity for all residents, particularly traditionally underserved groups.