THEA Loves Tampa Bay and We Want You to #LoveYourDrive
As an independent agency of the state, THEA owns, maintains, and operates four facilities within Hillsborough County: the Selmon Expressway, the Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway. The Selmon Expressway is an all-electronic toll roadway, and revenues are used to improve and maintain THEA’s assets.
THEA constructed the Selmon Greenway, a 1.7-mile multi-use trail that runs east-west under the Selmon Expressway through downtown Tampa and connects with the City’s Riverwalk and the Meridian Trail. The Greenway is open for anyone who wants to enjoy fresh air, healthy exercise and the amenities of downtown Tampa.
THEA has led the charge in state-of-the-art transportation options on a local and national level. The international award-winning Reversible Express Lanes (REL) were the first-ever reversible express lanes using all-electronic tolling in the world. Transportation experts from around the country and the world have visited Tampa to learn more about the REL.
Building upon innovation, THEA has leveraged its award-winning infrastructure capabilities as a designated test bed for Connected Vehicle Technology. In September of 2015, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded a $17 million federal contract to THEA. This award will be used, in partnership with other local agencies and private sector stakeholders, to conduct an innovative “Connected Vehicle Pilot Program” designed to make transportation safer, smarter and greener. The REL is designated as an Automated Vehicle test bed by the USDOT and is the only course to provide real-time traffic testing and closed-course testing on the same roadway.
Our mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community.
Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay community.