Public Transit Plans & Studies

The MPO prepares plans and studies related to public transportation at the regional, county and local scale.  We are also responsible for planning for specialized transportation for elderly, disabled and low income populations defined as the transportation disadvantaged.
  • featured-TID-Mobility-Solutions Tampa Innovation District Transit Circulator Study (2016) - The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with Hillsborough County Economic Development Department (HCED), Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Tampa Innovation Alliance, is evaluating the potential development of a transit circulator within the Tampa Innovation District (TID). Currently, TID partners including the University of South Florida (USF), Busch Gardens, H. Lee Moffitt...
  • featured-brandoncorridorsprilotproject Brandon Corridor & Mixed Use Centers Pilot Project (draft) - The Brandon Corridors and Mixed-Use Centers Study is a joint pilot project from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and The Planning Commission (TPC). The purpose of the study is to better coordinate the envisioned land use pattern with planned transportation improvements along major corridors. Brandon’s east-west corridors of Brandon Blvd, Lumsden, and Bloomingdale connect much...
  • featured_Westshore_Gateway Northwest Hillsborough Transit Study (draft) - The Northwest Hillsborough Transit study is a joint study by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART).  The study will evaluate the current and planned transit in the area and develop a plan for transit improvements.  As part of the evaluation, the study will look at different types...
  • featured-bus-transit Transit Quality of Service Evaluation - The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has completed this Transit Quality of Service (TQS) Evaluation as part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) effort to employ a new transit quality of service framework. This evaluation provides information on the current performance of the transit system in Hillsborough County, as operated by Hillsborough Area...
  • featured-CTD-td-eval Community Transportation Coordinator Evaluation - It is the purpose of the annual evaluation to ensure that the most cost-effective, efficient, and appropriate transportation services are provided to the entire transportation disadvantaged population of Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough County MPO’s Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board is tasked with the annual evaluation of the services provided by Hillsborough County’s Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) operator...
  • ADA, handicap, accessability Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan - The inability to travel often leads to isolation, withdrawal from society and neglect of medical needs. The Hillsborough County Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) addresses the needs of elderly, disabled, and/or economically disadvantaged people in Hillsborough County. Also see The Ride Guide. Current 2016-2021 Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan 2016-2021 Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (ADA Compliant)...
  • featured-tri-county-access-plan Tri County Access Plan (2014) - Tri-County Access Plan (TCAP), the name chosen by the public during previous outreach activities. The TCAP was developed and adopted in 2007 by the Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 to meet the criteria outlined in the SAFETEA-LU legislation regarding Job...
  • featured-brtexpresslanes Express Bus in the Tampa Bay Express Lanes (TBX) (2014) - If you’ve ever wished for a helicopter to fly you over traffic snarls to your destination, the idea of a limited-stop express bus running in speed-controlled interstate toll lanes may appeal to you.  The Hillsborough MPO has partnered with FDOT District 7 to study how this big idea could work in the I-275 and I-4...
  • LRTP Logo imagine 2040: Long Range Transportation Plan - The Long Range Transportation Plan directs federal and state dollars towards projects we value. It looks out at least 20 years and must be updated every five years. Double-click to zoom, mousewheel to turn pages. Use controls below to search, navigate, download, print or view full screen. What's in the Plan? What's behind the Plan?...
  • featured_southshore SouthShore Transit Circulator Study (2014) - The SouthShore Circulator Study is a joint effort with the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority (HART).  The study will look at the demand and feasibility of transit improvements in the South Shore area. The SouthShore area is the fastest growing portion of the county with even more potential...
  • featured-downtown-transit-assets-opportunities-study Downtown Transit Assets & Opportunities Study (2014) - Tampa’s urban core, including Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, are: The hub of commerce, culture & government for the Tampa Bay region Increasingly, a place where people are choosing to work, live & play The center of our existing transit network Crisscrossed by bus & freight rail lines. Future plans call for the introduction of...
  • featured-usf-area-transit-study University Area Transit Study (2013) - Would you like more and better public transit options for getting around the University of South Florida Area? Which destinations need better transit service? Who will use the service? How could it be funded? This study explores these and other questions related to a better system of using transit to circulate around the USF area....
  • featured-transit-shelter Peer Cities Best Practices: Private Involvement in Transfer/Intermodal Centers and in Transit Information Systems (2012) - This technical memorandum summarizes a project undertaken by Gannett Fleming, Inc., under contract with the Hillsborough County MPO, on behalf of the MPO’s planning partner, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). HART requested that the MPO and its consultant investigate opportunities for private investments in transit centers, park and ride facilities, intermodal centers, and...
  • featured-bus-transit Westshore Area Circulator Study (2012) - The Westshore Circulator Study was conducted by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the Westshore Alliance and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of transit circulator service (local loop bus service) within the Greater Westshore Area. At the geographic center...
  • slider-westshore-intermodal-study-rendering Westshore Multimodal Center Location Study (2012) - The study for the Westshore Multimodal Location Study is a collaborative effort of the Hillsborough County, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Florida Department of Transportation District 7, (FDOT), the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), the City of Tampa, and the Westshore Alliance. Representatives from each of these organizations serve on a management team that has provided direction...
  • featured-water-transit Hillsborough County Water Ferry Feasibility Study (2011 & 2012) - In  keeping  pace  with  community  desires  and  the  ever-expanding transportation needs of the Tampa Bay region and in cooperation with  Hillsborough  County,  the  Hillsborough  Metropolitan  Planning Organization (MPO) studied potential water ferry connections in Tampa Bay. The  objective was  to  evaluate  the  feasibility  of  waterborne passenger service as a viable travel alternative and a part...
  • bus rapid transit Bruce B. Downs Boulevard Transit Assessment (2010) - This study assesses the feasibility of integrating enhanced, high capacity transit service, either Light Rail Transit (LRT) or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), into the proposed Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (C.R. 581) six or eight-lane alignment and typical section. The focus is on an assessment of either LRT or BRT in an exclusive transitway. Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Final...
  • featured-plant-city-multimodal-district-study Plant City Multimodal District Study (2007) - The members of the City of Plant City and its community have expressed interest in providing friendly conditions for walking, bicycling, and transit. Meanwhile changes in  Florida Statute have required the City of Plant City to implement a proportionate “fair share” ordinance and clearly demonstrate the financial feasibility of the Capital Improvement Element (CIE) within...
  • featured-downtown-circulator-study Tampa Downtown Circulator Study (2007) - The purpose of this study is to increase efficiency of the downtown circulator. As new development and activities occur, changes to existing service and additional service will be needed to provide mobility options for people living, working, and visiting Downtown Tampa. The task will assess the immediate need for service changes (2008) and the additional...
  • featured-transit-concept-2050 Transit Concept for 2050 (2007) - Hillsborough County is projected to grow by 400,000 people over the next 20 years and will likely double in population by 2050. How the community will handle this growth is an important question on the minds of citizens, civic leaders and government officials. Where will new residents live and work? How will they get to...
  • featured-westshore Westshore Mobility Strategy (2007) - Transportation improvements are critical within the Westshore Business District. As growth continues to increase with the introduction of new development to the area, issues related to mobility need to be addressed. As such, the development of a plan will work to foster a viable transportation system to support the anticipated area wide growth. The Westshore Mobility Strategy Action Plan,...
  • featured-regional-transit-action-plan Regional Transit Action Plan (2005) - The purpose of this Action Plan is to recommend specific steps that advance the regional transit recommendations of the West Central Florida (WCF) 2025 Long Range  Transportation Plan (LRTP). While the LRTP identifies where regional transit routes and service will be provided, it does not provide guidance on how the region can develop and operate...
  • featured-2025-needs-assessment West Central Florida’s 2025 Regional Transit Needs Assessment (2005) - This study identifies potential benefits to the economy of expanding public transit in the West Central Florida region. The West Central Florida MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC) includes a range of bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and light rail services and facilities in its 2025 Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Needs Assessment. This analysis estimates...
  • featured-regional-transit-action-plan Regional Jobs Access Plan (2000) - Transportation has become a key barrier to those moving from welfare to work. Nationally, while two-thirds of all new jobs are now in the suburbs, three-quarters of welfare recipients live in rural areas or centra cities. Public transit tends to be available in the suburbs only on a limited basis, and even in the center...
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