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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Website launched to engage residents in the Pinellas Transportation Plan

Mary Burrell,
Operations Manager    

The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is focused on improving transportation throughout the county and has kicked off an effort to create a 30-year blueprint for the entire county transportation system. Through new and innovative methods of participation, such as, residents can help shape the county transportation plan. 

“We want to engage the public in a dialogue about issues, needs, and strategies to achieve community goals, such as strengthening our economy and improving accessibility,” said Sarah Ward, interim executive director of the Pinellas County MPO. 

Residents and commuters using the website will help identify critical transportation issues and develop a list of needs in the community to help determine the right projects for the future of transportation in Pinellas. 

The site is being used to ask residents and commuters – those who know the transportation system best – their thoughts on different topics during different phases of the plan. Within each topic, web users have the ability to suggest ideas, agree with others’ ideas they support, and provide insight on how residents and commuters will be affected by the plan. 

Some topics currently on the site include: 
  • Important needs for the county’s transportation system 
  • Congestion hot spots 
  • Safety concerns on roadways, sidewalks, trails, or anywhere else 
Visit to learn more about the transportation plan, and stay informed during the different phases of the planning process.


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