FAQs

What is TBARTA?

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) works to advance regional transportation needs in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Our purpose is to plan, develop, fund, implement, and operate a regional transit system in this area.  Our vision is a world-class transit system that connects and moves the Tampa Bay region.

TBARTA is also required to produce a regional transit development plan (RTDP), integrating the transit development plans of participant counties, with priority assigned to regionally significant transit projects and facilities.  Currently under development, this plan is called Envision 2030.

What are the goals of TBARTA?

  • Develop and maintain a regional transit development plan
  • Develop, implement, and operate a sustainable and efficient regional transit system
  • Identify and secure sustainable funding sources to support a regional transit system

What are the guiding principles of TBARTA?

  • Implementation Focus – Give primary focus to developing actionable plans and advancing transit concepts into operation.
  • Regional Partnerships – Work with statewide, regional, and local partners to develop and implement regional transit solutions.
  • Integrated Planning – Coordinate across counties and communities to implement and operate a regional transit system; coordinate transit planning with land use, economic development, and environmental stewardship decisions to ensure transit solutions address broader regional goals.
  • Sustainable Funding - Develop sustainable funding options that reflect public support and leverage multiple financing opportunities.
  • Community Engagement - Communicate and coordinate with all local jurisdictions and the diverse public to develop and implement a regional transit system that reflects the diverse needs of the region’s residents, visitors, and communities.
  • Innovative Solutions – Leverage emerging technologies and systems to provide mobility choices for residents and visitors.
  • Safe and Efficient System – Develop and implement regional transit systems that are safe, efficient, and reliable.
  • Environmental Stewardship – Develop and implement regional transit systems that protect and, where possible, enhance the quality of the natural and built environment in the region.
  • Economic Development – Develop and implement regional transit  systems  that  enhance  the competitiveness of the region’s economy.
  • Socioeconomic Mobility - Develop and implement regional transit systems that increase access to jobs, services, and economic opportunity for all residents, particularly traditionally underserved groups.