Established: July 1, 2007 by the Florida Legislature (Senate Bill 506)

Purpose: Improve mobility and transportation options for passengers and freight throughout the seven-county region.

Region: Seven Tampa Bay Area counties: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota

  • 42 cities
  • 6,000 square miles
  • Three Regional Planning Councils (RPCs)
  • Five Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
  • Seven Transit Service Providers

Executive Director: Ramond Chiaramonte, AICP

Board Members (16): Seven County Commission appointees & four gubernatorial appointees; largest city served by HART; largest city served by PSTA; largest cities in Manatee and Sarasota; West Central Florida Chair’s Coordinating Committee (CCC) appointee; Florida Department of Transportation (non- voting member).

Committees: Transit Management Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee, Land Use Working Group (now known as the ONE BAY Livable Communities Working Group)

Mergers: TBARTA & Bay Area Commuter Services (BACS), 2010

TBARTA Vision: “A world class transportation network for the Tampa Bay region that will connect people and places, move goods and services, enhance the quality of life, and offer transportation options that are safe,sustainable,affordable,and efficient.We will act as a catalyst for a vibrant economic future through leadership, collaboration, and partnerships.”

Guiding Principles: Regionalism, Planning, Funding and Financing, Communicating

Partners: Florida Department of Transportation, Community and Business Leaders, Transit Agencies, State and Local Government

Funding: Federal, State, Local, and Private funds


  • Regional Transportation Master Plan
  • Transit Oriented Development Resource Guide
  • Corridor Studies
  • Regional Priority Projects

Activities: Corridor Studies, Commuter Assistance Program, One Call/One Click Regional Transportation Information Center, New Freedoms Initiative, Citrus County TPO, CCC

One Call-One Click: FTA/VA grant for regional transportation resource center - online and on the phone. Partnering with Crisis Center.

New Freedoms Initiative: Study on merger of Citrus & Hernando Counties' transit & planning activities.

Staff Services: TBARTA provides staff services to the Citrus County TPO and the West Central Florida MPOs Chairs Coordinating Committee (CCC).

Short-Term Projects: Managed Lanes, Express Bus Lanes, Shoulder Bus Operations

Regional Priority Projects:

  • Gateway Expressway
  • Howard Frankland Bridge
  • TIA People Mover Connection/Westshore Intermodal Center
  • I-275/SR 60/Memorial Interchange
  • Tampa Bay Express (Starter Projects)
  • Suncoast Parkway 2
  • University Parkway/I-75 Interchange Area
  • SR 54/56 Corridor Improvements

Corridor Studies:

  • Pinellas Alternatives Analysis (AA)
  • Howard Frankland Bridge PD&E
  • USF to Wesley Chapel
  • I-75 Regional Bus
  • SR 54/56
  • Westshore to Citrus County
  • Extension of premium services to Bradenton & North Port

Right Here, Right Now Services: Carpool, Vanpool, School Commute Program, Bike Buddy, Telework, Emergency Ride Home, Regional Information Source

Website/Social Media: www.tbarta.com, Twitter (@TBARTA), Facebook, YouTube

Community Outreach: Speakers Bureau Program,e-Newsletter, Telephone-based TownHall Meetings