Of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s regional priorities, none means more than transportation.
From the Suncoast Parkway in Citrus County, to Pinellas’ plans for a modern transit network, transportation is the biggest issue that will impact Tampa Bay’s long term economic growth.
In response to this, the Tampa Bay Partnership Transportation Taskforce developed Tampa Bay Partnership Transportation Vision: 20/30/40. Working with our public and private partners, the Partnership has identified the key elements of a regional multi-modal transportation system that are needed by 2020, 2030 and 2040. These elements are needed to provide transportation options, but to also position Tampa Bay to compete for businesses, investments and talent.
By 2020, Tampa Bay will…
• Increase pedestrian safety by encouraging the use of Complete Streets
policies in the Tampa Bay region.
• Secure long-term solutions to funding, financing, building and operating the regional transit projects
identified by the 20/30/40 vision.
• Complete designs for a regional passenger rail system
that will connect neighborhoods, employment centers, airports and cultural attractions throughout the eight county Tampa Bay region.
• Leverage existing and planned transit services to develop transit oriented development
policies in Tampa Bay. Transit oriented developments create walkable neighborhoods for businesses and residents around transit.
• Have 20 miles of express lanes in operation. Express lanes allow drivers to pay more to avoid traffic bottlenecks and support express bus service and bus rapid transit.
• Have 20 miles of “Gold Standard” Regional Bus Rapid Transit
in operation on high demand corridors. “Gold standard” BRT features “bus only” lanes on roads or in express lanes, and frequent high quality service.
By 2030, Tampa Bay will…
• Complete the new Howard Frankland Bridge roadway.
• Have 20 miles of regional rail service in operation.
• Have 40 miles of express lanes with supporting express bus service in operation.
• Have 40 miles of “Gold Standard” Regional Bus Rapid Transit in operation.
By 2040, Tampa Bay will…
• Complete the Howard Frankland Bridge rail span.
• Have 60 miles of regional rail service in operation throughout the region.
• Have 60 miles of express lanes with supporting bus service in operation.
• Have 60 miles of “Gold Standard” Regional Bus Rapid Transit in operation.
As the regional economic development organization, the Tampa Bay Partnership continues to advocate for a multi-modal transportation system and the ability of such a system to be a catalyst for economic growth. On behalf of our many public and private partners and other interested and engaged stakeholders in the region, the Tampa Bay Partnership is pleased to lend our support to our regional transportation agencies and experts as they continue this important work.