At the January 11th meeting, the MPO Board asked that a cost estimate for a below-grade cut and cover (underpass) alternative concept be prepared for their review. This information will be presented at a future meeting where the MPO Board will decide if they desire the Task Force to review the below-grade concept or take action on the Task Force recommendation as it stands.

Status of Vision 54/56 Study (December 18, 2017)

Phase 2 of the Pasco County MPO Vision 54/56 Study proceeded based on the Task Force Recommendations and subsequent direction from the MPO Board at the conclusion of Phase 1. Step 1 of the Phase 2 study began in August and will conclude when the Task Force Recommendation is presented to the MPO Board at their January 11, 2018 meeting.

The Phase 2 approach includes a 2-step analysis where:

  • Step 1 focused on the application of the most important criteria to support analysis of 6 major highway and transit alternatives,
    5 complementary alternatives, and the no-build alternative from Phase 1 with the objective being to narrow the number of alternatives to 3 or 4 major highway and transit alternatives plus the no-build alternative before moving forward to the next step; and
  • Step 2 will focus on the application of additional and more‐detailed evaluation criteria.

The intersections of SR 54/US 41 and SR 54/Little Road were the focus of the Step 1 analysis. These intersections were selected since the US 41 intersection is the most congested intersection and the Little Road intersection is more representative of a typical intersection along the corridor, in terms of traffic congestion and right-of-way availability. Following the completion of Step 1, the Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to fund the Step 2 analysis specifically for the SR 54/US 41 intersection.

Funding to support the Step 2 analysis for the remainder of the corridor has not been identified and the MPO will continue to pursue possible funding sources as the Phase 2 effort moves forward.

The Task Force Recommendation to the MPO Board includes the following alternatives.


Task Force Recommended Alternatives
S.R. 54 Corridor Alternatives S.R. 54 / U.S. 41 Intersection Alternatives
Elevated express lanes at major intersections; express lanes on the ground for remainder; bus service in express lanes (Alternative 4) Elevated express lanes at major intersections; express lanes on the ground for remainder; bus service in express lanes (Alternative 4)
Parallel Flow Intersection (Alternative 8) Parallel Flow Intersection (Alternative 8)
Elevated express lanes at major intersections; express lanes on the ground for remainder; bus or rail in separate lanes combined with Continuous Flow Intersection (Alternative 10 – combined 5 and 7) Elevated lanes at major intersections; bus or rail in separate lanes combined with Continuous Flow Intersection (Alternative 10 – combined 1 and 7)
No-build - Maintain existing 6 lanes on the ground and maintain current transit service (Alternative 12) No-build - Maintain existing 6 lanes on the ground and maintain current transit service

Conceptual graphics of the alternatives considered by the Task Force during Phase 2: Step 1, including the recommended alternatives, can be viewed here.

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Vision 54/56

MOBILITY 2040: A Vision for the SR 54/56 Corridor, also known as Vision 54/56, is a study designed to define a transportation vision for the future of the SR 54/56 corridor, from Us 19 in eastern Pasco County to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The corridor is being evaluated in two segments:

  • Segment 1: US 19 to West of US 41
  • Segment 2: West of US 41 to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard

The main objective of this study is to develop consensus on the best solutions for addressing congestion, safety, and mobility within the SR 54/56 corridor.

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