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:
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.
|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.
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.