On this page you will find a wide range of Regional Rapid Transit information, including the TBARTA Board approved Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
Scroll down to find access to the LPA, Fact Sheet, Reports, and Maps.
Locally Preferred Alternative
On August 6, 2021, the TBARTA Board approved a locally preferred alternative for Regional Rapid Transit. Click here, or the map at the right, to take a closer look.
The LPA includes 9 stations total – 4 in Pinellas, 3 in Hillsborough, and 2 in Pasco. Four of the nine stations (SR 54, 54th Avenue, Tropicana Field, and 4th Street) are neighborhood stations that will be funded as part of the RRT project. Five of the stations (Gateway, Westshore, Downtown Tampa, USF Area, and SR 56) are intermodal centers that are being funded and constructed separately from the RRT Project.
In the Board approved plan, RRT will operate in dedicated freeway BRT lanes – on the north end from Pasco to Downtown Tampa and on the south end from Downtown St. Petersburg to the Pinellas Gateway Area. From Gateway, it will operate in express lanes and continue in the express lanes across the Howard Frankland Bridge. Between Westshore and Downtown Tampa, the RRT will operate in mixed traffic.
Parking Fact Sheet
The parking fact sheet shows station-by-station how much parking will be needed in each neighborhood. Among the PD&E study results:
- Total Parking = 800-1400 spaces
- No parking garages will be built
- Stations will meet community needs
Detailed information on the Project Development and Environmental Study is included here, including the Project Management and Public Involvement Plans, Evaluation Plans, and Summary Reports from April 2020.
The Regional Rapid Transit route is planned along I-275, starting in St. Petersburg, then traveling north across the Howard Frankland Bridge into Tampa, then further north past the USF area into Pasco County and Wesley Chapel.
A number of potential alignments along this route have been studied, using different combinations of existing roadways, express lanes, and dedicated lanes. Click the maps below to learn more on each.