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Pinellas County MPO – January 9, 2008

the FDOT caps "loaning to itself." The intent of the SIB is to have a competitive process and charge interest for the loans. Also, the funds are not there in the available years in order to advance these particular projects.

Mr. Smith reviewed the proposed changes to the current Work Program. The chart of changes included with the meeting packet was replaced by an updated chart prepared by FDOT. Secretary Skelton reviewed the funding for several of the projects.

During board discussion, Secretary Skelton made several other points. The DOT has a policy

of programming 75% of its funds for Strategic Inter-modal funds for non-SIS projects. When the Work Program was less in revenue, that reduction had to come from the

System (SIS) projects and 25% of its impacted by a forecast of $1 billion

State's

SIS

program.

The

U.S.

19

projects are funded from a State-managed program, so they are in the SIS. come from State sources. The DOT has also had impacts to non-SIS projects. has had to identify projects that they could eliminate, move or defer.

Most SIS funds Every district

Regarding the $29 million in right-of-way funds scheduled in 06/07 for Enterprise Road, those funds were used to cover cost increases on U.S. 19 between Whitney Road and S.R. 60. They were used that way to protect the U.S. 19 program.

Commissioner Seel noted that the Whitney-to-Seville and the Seville-to-S.R. 60 projects have slipped several years. People are anxious to see those projects completed.

The overall plan still remains to convert all of U.S. 19 in Pinellas County to a controlled- access facility. The question is how much can be done over the next 20 years. It was noted that the Cost Feasible Plan includes US 19 to Curlew Road.

The draft Tentative Work Program shows $11 million for the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. That money will be used to rebuild the inside of the terminal, create more check-in areas, and add jetways. Almost $9 million of that money is from local funding.

ACTION:

Commissioner Eggers moved to accept the draft Tentative Work Program.

Commissioner dissenting.

Duncan

seconded

the

motion,

and

the

motion

carried,

with

Commissioner

Seel

VI. LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE

*At 1:37 p.m., Commissioner Stewart left.

The MPO's current Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) has a planning horizon year of 2025. The next Plan update and adoption are due in 2009, and that Plan will have a horizon year of 2035. Update activities have been underway for several months.

*At 1:41 p.m., Commissioner Stewart returned.

Ms. Ward gave a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the LRTP planning factors; Federal law and regulations; the Public Participation Plan (PIP); State requirements; local and regional plan coordination; a flow chart of the Plan development and approval process; and the 2009 LRTP Development Schedule for the region. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation was included with meeting materials.

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