Consideration is underway to merge the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) of Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco Counties into a single Tampa Bay MPO. Formation of the Tampa Bay MPO would create a tri-county council of city and county elected officials to agree on plans and priorities for funding major roads, rapid transit, greenway trails, and other transportation improvements.
The motivation for creating a single regional transportation planning body for the Tampa Bay area is to better harness the collective strength of the region to garner more funding from federal, state, and local sources and advance significant transportation projects to better support the region’s growth and sustain its quality of life.
What is an MPO?
A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a federally mandated transportation policy-making organization made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities that develop solutions to regional transportation problems.
The Tampa Bay MPO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth a framework and necessary steps for the creation of a regional MPO. It puts key provisions and considerations in writing to advance the conversation toward achieving a regional MPO in a reasonable time frame.
Thank you to all who shared their thoughts regarding the formation of a regional MPO with our Tampa Bay Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Survey. The survey is now closed.
The survey asked
- What considerations are important in planning for transportation improvements?
- If you were to set priorities for funding transportation projects, what would you choose?
- Where should decisions about your community’s roads/transit/greenways be made?