Goals, Purposes, & Need


The goal of the Regional Rapid Transit is to provide all-day modern mobility that is quick, safe, reliable, frequent, and regional rapid service. The study team worked with the Citizens Advisory Committee and TBARTA Board to identify the purpose and need for the project.

The following objectives were identified:

  • Provide mobility for residents & visitors that reduces the need for a personal vehicle
  • Use advanced vehicle and fare technologies
  • Provide environmental and health benefits
  • Support local transit and provides seamless transfers
  • Provide context sensitive community stations and minimize adverse impacts to neighborhoods
  • Ensure a premium transit experience
  • Reduce congestion
  • Provide lower cost commuting options
  • Provide access to jobs and affordable and attainable workforce housing
  • Invest in first and last mile solutions
  • Encourage private sector investment and economic development


Study Area


The study area for the project extends from Downtown St. Petersburg to Wesley Chapel, along the I-275 corridor.

map of study area, showing RRT route connecting Wesley Chapel, through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and down to St. Petersburg

How Did We Get Here?


The Regional Transit Feasibility Plan (RTFP) built upon decades of planning to identify the vision for transit throughout the region and define the projects that are most competitive for federal funding. An evaluation process using clearly defined criteria was used to identify the top transit corridors in the region. From this, a “catalyst project” was chosen. Development of Regional Rapid Transit can lead to future regional transit projects.

The purpose of the plan was to identify:

  • Projects that have the greatest potential to be funded (compete for state and federal grants) and implemented
  • Projects that are the most forward thinking and make the best use of today’s technology
  • Projects that best serve our region today while supporting tomorrow’s growth
  • A catalyst project that has public support and can be implemented 
  • Projects that can be implemented after the catalyst project 

Materials from RTFP Final Report:


Executive Summary

RTFP Executive Summary

Plan Approach and Management

RTFP Plan Approach and Management

Developing and Evaluating Alternatives

Part 1 Part 2

Identifying the Catalyst

The Catalyst