Pinellas County MPO – January 9, 2008
Federal SAFETEA-LU legislation required some changes to the LRTP planning process. Effective December 12, 2007, project cost/revenue information must be expressed in year-of- expenditure (YOE) dollars. The MPOs, FDOT, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have written the "Metropolitan Transportation Plan Year of Expenditure (YOE) Compliance Process", which explains how this will be accomplished. This document will be presented to the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council at their next meeting. A result of the YOE requirement is that the MPOs will have to spend more time prioritizing their projects to establish a timeframe for when the projects will actually be built.
Also, effective since December 2007 is a rule that any amendment to the LRTP triggers the YOE requirement. One possible scenario is that because of project cost increases, a project may have to be removed from the adopted Plan. Staff expects some changes to the adopted Plan to address changes to County roads. Some changes could be handled as administrative modifications, which is a simpler process.
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Different plans with different planning horizons will need to be coordinated with each other. Staff noted that the biggest challenge is likely to be specifying the time of a project. This process has been the subject of a decades-long debate, but the new Federal law requires a specific year and cost for a project.
VII. TAMPA BAY AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (TBARTA) FUNDING REQUEST UPDATE
Chairman Hibbard reviewed that in December the MPO had allocated $10,000 as seed money for TBARTA's legal services. All five MPOs were to do this, and the Tampa Bay Partnership was planning to get private sector matching funds.
Since that time, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas MPOs have approved their allocations. However, Sarasota/Manatee MPO took action not to approve, and Pasco MPO has not voted yet. Sarasota/Manatee MPO said it understood that when TBARTA was established, it wasn't going to impact local revenues. However, this allocation would come from local revenues. Pasco MPO asked where the monies would be deposited. This is a procedural question that the MPO staffs are going to discuss at their next meeting.
Board members agreed that Pinellas County should keep its commitment to this allocation, noting the importance of the regional transportation efforts, and with the understanding that all the participating MPOs will make their contribution.
Councilmember Danner noted that none of the State legislators had submitted a request for additional TBARTA funds since their request for funds last year was vetoed by the Governor. The State needs to help fund TBARTA.
Mayor Arbutine said that Pinellas County MPO should leave its funding in place with caveat that if any of the MPOs don't contribute, the MPO should then withdraw
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