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 of the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater market with more than 12 million square feet of office space and nearly 95,000 workers, the Westshore Area is Florida’s largest office community. The Westshore Area is positioned to continue to grow as an economic hub as it hosts more than 30 hotels, 250 restaurants, two upscale shopping centers (International Plaza and Westshore Plaza), Tampa International Airport (TIA), and a growing residential community. As travel demand is anticipated to increase on area roadways, it will be critical to support this growth through nonautomotive transportation options, particularly through a premium transit system and a series of circulators connecting area attractions to development.
The primary objective of the Westshore Circulator Study is to provide a set of phased strategies that focus and prioritize investments on those corridors throughout the Westshore Area where circulator service is deemed viable.