The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority on Friday added five highway projects to its 2013 Master Plan Update scheduled to be adopted in June.
The Florida Department of Transportation and other agencies are studying each of the projects that would be key links in TBARTA’s vision for connectivity in transportation corridors in the seven-county region it oversees.
The Legislature created TBARTA in 2007 to implement a regional transportation master plan for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, although TBARTA has no authorization to raise revenue or mandate its plans be adopted.
Its master plan is intended to be a catalyst for discussion and collaboration on regional transportation priorities. Nearly 40,000 people from the general public participated in recent TBARTA telephone town hall meetings on master plan issues.
In addition to adding the priority highway projects, TBARTA’s update will refine transit and freight plans.