Plant City Transit Study


Project Overview

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is collaborating with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and the City of Plant City to create a Transit Plan for the City of Plant City. This project will focus on the feasibility of re-initiating a transit service from Tampa to Plant City through a travel market analysis.

Background

Plant City is one of the fastest growing areas in Hillsborough County with over 40,000 residents and strategically located between Tampa and Lakeland. Currently, there is no bus service in Plant City.
In the mid-2000s, HART and Plant City operated the Strawberry Connector service to provide circulator trips within Plant City, which ceased operation during 2008. Starting in 2012, HART operated a commuter express service (Route 28X – East County Express) from Tampa to Plant City. Unfortunately, HART had to eliminate that service by 2017 since there was not enough ridership to serve that route.

Scope of the Study

This study will serve as a feasibility study to identify a transit service in Plant City. The goals of the study are as follows:



  • Re-initiate a commuter bus service from downtown Tampa to downtown Plant City


  • Provide a circulator service within Plant City downtown


  • Establish service to Polk County in the future

Public Engagement

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Community Involvement

The project team seeks public input to define the study area, identify major corridors and activity centers, and to help narrow down the results to a set of viable alternatives. There will be public meetings set up in various formats that will seek effective public engagement in the form of focus group meetings and public open houses.

Stakeholder Focus Group Meeting I

This meeting was conducted on February 19, 2020 at Plant City – City Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to identify the existing corridors and activity centers, the communities of concern and the transit dependent populations and the areas of future growth and emerging destinations. 

Stakeholder Focus Group Meeting II

This meeting was held on May 21, 2020.  Due to the current Covid-19 situation, this meeting was scheduled as a Go-To-Webinar to give the Focus Group an opportunity to  join the meeting virtually and discuss about the initial transit recommendations identified by the study team. Following the meeting, there was a survey that was sent out to the participants to further help the study team with the study. Please fill the survey at the following link below. The survey link will be open till June 19, 2020.

Plant City Transit Study Focus Group Meeting II

Plant City Alternatives Survey

Public Open House

Following the Stakeholder Meeting II, there will be an open house meeting where the public will be invited to share their opinion about the various transit alternatives presented and help the study team identify the best possible alternative. The dates for this meeting will be posted once it is scheduled.

Stakeholder Focus Group Meeting II

FAQ

A: This study is requested by Plant City to explore the feasibility of operating a new commuter transit service in Plant City to connect to downtown Tampa and also operate a circulator service within downtown Plant City

A: The study area is bounded by Knights Griffin Road to the North, State Road 60 to the South, Brand Forbes Road to the West and County Line Road to the East.

Plant City Transit Master Plan Study Area

A: This study will provide a final transit recommendations report that summarizes the existing conditions, travel market analysis, issues and opportunities, alternatives development and evaluation and planning level cost estimates for the various alternatives studied. 

A: This study is scheduled for completion by Fall 2020. This date is subject to extension due to the current situation.

A: The project related documents will be updated on the website as they become available. The public open house dates will be posted when they are scheduled. Get updates on this project by clicking on the Sign me up! button above.


Future Steps



  • There will be a Stakeholder Meeting on May 21st, followed by a public open house meeting to be scheduled later.


  • The final alternatives will be presented to the MPO Board, the HART Board, and the Plant City Commission.

Status

Ongoing


Contact

Vishaka Shiva Raman, MPO

T: 813-273-3774 ext. 350

ramanv@plancom.org

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