Tampa Bay Applications Group: Integrating Multimodal Transportation Options into Highway and Trails Design

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Thursday, June 16, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

Tampa, FL, United States

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The Tampa Bay Transportation Applications Group meeting is FREE and will be held for three (2) hours at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 in Tampa, FL.  This two-hour meeting includes five  presentations with speakers from the Pinellas County MPO (Forward Pinellas), The Hillsborough County MPO, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA); and the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) addressing integrating multimodal transportation options into trails and highway design.


Complete Streets Program

Chelsea Favero, Forward Pinellas (Pinellas County MPO)

Over the last year, the Pinellas Planning Council and the Pinellas County MPO have been consolidating as Forward Pinellas, an agency tasked by the state legislature to coordinate and implement land use and transportation planning in Pinellas County in an integrated manner. One way the agency seeks to integrate those functions is to guide transportation investments in a way that can serve as a catalyst for transformative land use changes.  Forward Pinellas has developed the framework for a Complete Streets program in Pinellas County that will provide incentive funding to help local governments plan, design, and construct complete streets projects as part of a corridor or community redevelopment strategy.


Florida Avenue and Tampa Street/Highland Avenue Corridor Study

Gena Torres, Hillsborough County MPO

At the City of Tampa’s request and working closely with FDOT, the Hillsborough County MPO kicked off a study in February 2015 to evaluate various design options for the one-way pair of Florida Avenue and Tampa/Highland Street (I-275 north to Hillsborough Avenue).  An evaluation of the alternatives includes how each provides safe access between Downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods for transit users, walkers and cyclists; how the corridors would function as a “main street” and commercial district; if the alternatives allow the pair to still function as a regional transportation corridor, and how well the configuration contributes to the City’s public realm. This presentation will bring us up-to-date on the project, including the first two technical memos and the latest to Alternative Analysis Technical Memorandum due out soon.



Dr. Amy Lester, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida

This presentation will discuss how a community-based social marketing (CBSM) approach is being used to encourage Tampa Bay residents  to make travel behavior changes.  Households who participate in the Neighborhood2GO pilot program receive personalized travel assistance from community-based transportation coordinators (CBTC).  Household members will use CUTR’s cell phone based app (TRAC-IT) to track and provide feedback on observed travel behaviors to some of the households, and development of a website that tailors to individual preferences and experiences with particular modes to encourage behavior change.  This project is funded by FDOT under CUTR’s National Center for Transit Research.


Regional Multi-Use Trails and SUN Trail Network Application Process

Anthony Matonti and Hugh Pascoe, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA)

As advocates for a state-wide network of off-road, multi-use trials, Anthony and Hugh Pascoe will cover TBARTA’s regional focus to foster the development of an interconnected multi-use trail system.  This presentation will cover TBARTA’s collaborative process with MPOs, FDOT, Counties, and local jurisdictions on building a regional trail network that connects people, places, and employment centers without the use of a car.  Also details of the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network Program Individual Trail Application process for inclusion in FDOT’s Tentative Five Year Work Program (Fiscal 2017-2021) is due June 20, 2016 will be highlighted including opportunities for project funding and priorities.


Capital City to Seal Trails Project

Jon Sewell, Kimley-Horn, Inc. on behalf of the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA)  


The Capital City to Sea Trails is a series of paved multi-use bike trails in the North Florida area near Tallahassee. This project had a study area of two counties, Leon and Wakulla, where potential multi-use corridors were analyzed for their feasibility and possible implementation. The project was a massive stakeholder and public involvement effort that included project advisory committee meetings, technical advisory committee meetings, and meetings with policy decision makers.  Hear about innovative techniques to both work through the technical aspects of the project, as well as build consensus among differing opinions; resulting in the millions of dollars of funding being attracted to the project and the successful implementation of 30-miles of trails being immediately implemented.  The success was due to very close coordination between the CRTPA, elected officials, and the FDOT. 


Jon Sewell

Mr.Jon Sewell has been involved in transportation planning for over 25 years, and a Senior Planner for Kimley-Horn and Associates has worked on developing a Master Plan for the Capital City to the Sea Trails (CC2ST) Project since 2013. This project has involved extensive public input through workshops with ... Read More

Anthony Matonti

Anthony Matonti has been in the transportation planning field for over 15 years. He manages projects for TBARTA with a focus on transit and multi-use trails implementation. He coordinates the TBARTA Chairman’s Coordinating Committee (CCC), a regional committee including the executive directors for 5 MPOs, elected officials, and regional ... Read More

Amy Lester

Dr. Amy Lester, PhD, is a Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. Her current work focuses on applying community-based social marketing strategies to influence travel behavior change among priority populations in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Lester earned her PhD in ... Read More

Gena Torres

Ms. Torres has been a Transportation Planner with the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization for over 25 years. She manages several projects for the MPO that involve integrating complete streets initiatives. She has also spearheaded the MPO’s bicycle and pedestrian efforts for twenty five years including the MPO’s ... Read More

Chelsea Favero

Chelsea Favero, AICP, Forward Pinellas, Principal Planner. Contact: Direct: 727-464-5644 and www.forwardpinellas.org. Ms. Favero manages several projects for Forward Pinellas including the latest Complete Streets initiative to guide all 24 cities in Pinellas County in developing locally-based complete streets projects. Forward Pinellas is using the latest FDOT Complete ... Read More

Contact Info

Amy Lester, alester1@cutr.usf.edu