HART pilots project to help shape communities around transit

HART bus stopSeptember 2021- In 2020, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) kicked off a pilot project to get community feedback on an emerging type of community planning called Transit Oriented Development (TOD). A year later, the project continues as HART seeks community feedback on this pioneering project.

TOD looks at existing conditions in a community, evaluates the benefits of adding a mixture of housing, office space, retail and other amenities, and then integrates these amenities to create a walkable neighborhood within a half-mile of quality public transportation. The HART pilot study area extends from Downtown Tampa to USF and it includes communities along future routes for the HART Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and the Heights Mobility Plan.

The project is currently looking for input to help guide how the corridor and transit stations can develop. The next phase of the project will include public workshops that focus on the design of the Palm Ave. Station along the TECO Streetcar Extension.

Planning Commission and TPO staff have been actively involved in the TOD study and will be workshopping the items with the committees and Boards this fall. To read a review of TOD case studies, visit www.planhillsborough.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Draft-Transit-Oriented-Affordable-Housing.pdf. For more information about the project and to take a survey, visit www.goharttod.org.

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