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Pinellas County MPO – January 9, 2008

Secretary Skelton said that Pasco County MPO is supportive of the regional effort, but TBARTA does not have a financial account at this time. Pinellas County MPO has not deposited any money yet. The FDOT and the consultant are working to bring the MPOs together.

Chairman Hibbard noted that some counties are not going to accrue benefits in the near future, but they need to stay together and keep moving forward. Of the top 25 major metropolitan areas in the country, only the Tampa Bay area and Detroit do not have mass transit programs.

Secretary Skelton noted that the private sector is committed to matching everything that the MPOs can commit.

ACTION: Councilmember Danner moved that the $10,000 for legal services remain allocated until the next meeting of the TBARTA, at which time it can be determined if all the MPOs will make their allocations and where the funds will be deposited. Vice Mayor Crozier seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

VIII. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Chairman Hibbard urged the board to find candidates for the open positions on the advisory committees.

ACTION:

Mayor Mischler moved to appoint Bernard Buxton-Tetteh as the new alternate

representative of the City of Largo on the Technical Coordinating Committee, replacing Bill

Ondulich.

Vice Mayor Crozier seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

IX. PSTA ACTIVITIES

The next meeting of the board of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will be on January 23, 2008.

Tim Garling, Executive Director of the PSTA, addressed the MPO. The PSTA will conduct a

Transit Development Plan meeting next Initiative Steering Committee. This will improve transportation in the area. Also, of this month.

week in partnership with the Pinellas be an important step toward forming a the PSTA will host the TBARTA meeting at

Mobility plan to the end

  • X.

    OTHER BUSINESS

  • A.

    Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation The Medicaid Expenditures Report showed a fund balance of $722,330.45 as of

November 2007.

B. Correspondence

Included with meeting materials was a letter dated December 17, 2007 from Tim Garling of the PSTA to Scott Collister of the FDOT regarding transit-friendly roadways. No action was necessary.

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