Phase 2 of the Pasco County MPO Vision 54/56 Study is proceeding based on the Task Force Recommendations and subsequent direction from the MPO Board at the conclusion of Phase 1. However, due to funding constraints, the Phase 2 study was delayed but is now anticipated to kick off sometime in March 2017 now that partial funding is available to move the analysis forward.
The Phase 2 approach includes a 2-step analysis where:
The intersections of SR 54/US 41 and SR 54/Little Road (unless the Task Force selects another location) will be 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.
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:
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.
Following the MPO Board's recommendation at the conclusion of Phase 1, the Two Task Forces are being combined to create one Task Force for Phase 2. The citizen-led Task Force will continue to meet during Phase 2 by providing direction and recommendations to the MPO Board at the conclusion of Phase 2.
In an effort to better manage financial resources and evaluate the effectiveness of the Phase 2 recommendations, the screening of recommendations from Phase 1 will be conducted as a two-step screening analysis.