2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

After nearly two years of preparation, including two rounds of public input surveys with about 15K participants, the draft of the It’s Time 2045 Transportation Plan is ready for your inspection:

The draft of the It’s TIME Hillsborough 2045 Transportation Plan was approved by the MPO Board at the November 5th Public Hearing, with a few adjustments.  The final Plan document will be available January 2020.

Drafts of supplemental technical reports supporting the Plan are also available for review and comment:

**See how we increased equitable representation and set a new MetroQuest record for similar surveys conducted in the United States.  It’s TIME Hillsborough Outreach Poster.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is It’s TIME Hillsborough? From June 1-July 28, 2019, the Hillsborough MPO held a public engagement campaign, collecting input on specific types of projects Hillsborough citizens want to see included in Hillsborough County 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan.

What is a Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)? The Long Range Transportation Plan directs federal and state dollars towards transportation investments we value in our community. It looks out at least 20 years and must be updated every five years. The LRTP will be adopted in November 2019.

What’s in the current Imagine 2040 LRTP? The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a multi-modal plan full of choices that reflect and support the way we want to live and travel.

What is the Tri-County Regional Plan? It’s TIME Tampa Bay was a collaboration with a public engagement survey conducted in August and September of 2018. This is the first time we have done this as a tri-county initiative. With the input of nearly 10K citizens, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas will jointly put forward a 2045 transportation plan to take advantage of federal and state funding. We’re sharing the decision-making process as one metropolitan area, because connections to jobs, universities, healthcare, airports, state parks and the beaches are important to everyone.

Each MPO will continue to do transportation planning for our own individual communities and neighborhoods, in coordination with local city and county land-use planning. In addition to the regional vision that evolved from the It’s TIME Tampa Bay survey, each MPO will also adopt its own countywide long range plan focusing on local transportation investments guided in part by the regional vision.

We have forecasted the impacts on traffic, job access, greenspace, and other factors. See the regional survey results. Tri-County, MetroQuest Summary of Comments_12052018 , Its Time Survey Results and Recommendations PowerPoint-

Tri-County Vision Summary

Besides public input, what else is considered when updating the LRTP?

2045 Long Range Growth Forecasts (Socioeconomic Data): The Hillsborough County Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization both require population, employment and other demographic and scenario-based projection data to the year 2045 to facilitate their state and federally mandated work efforts. In addition to supporting the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Model development, the data also supports the missions of other agencies including the Hillsborough County School Board, HART, Fire/EMS, Parks and Recreation, and Utilities.

State of the System Report: Federal rules now require performance measures as a check and balance that proposed transportation plans and projects are helping to reach goals established by the community. The Hillsborough MPO has documented the performance of the transportation system for a number of challenging goals, even going beyond those identified nationally. The performance areas include: State of Good Repair & Resilience,Vision Zero, Smart Cities, Real choices When Not Driving, and Major Projects.  

Technical Memorandum on Funding: The 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan includes revenue projections from existing federal, state, and county sources as well as potential revenue sources. This technical memorandum describes the revenue sources that are reasonably expected to be available for use in developing the 2045 Cost Feasible Plan. Additional details are available in subsections of this report.

Environmental Consultation Workshop:   The Long Range Transportation Plan is required to consider potential environmental mitigation activities, ways in which environmental impact from transportation projects can be avoided, minimized, or mitigated.  In June 2019, the Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando/Citrus MPOs held a regional workshop to discuss with Federal, State, and Tribal wildlife, land management and regulatory agencies potential environmental mitigation strategies to include as a part of their plans.