What is an MPO? 

An Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a federally-mandated and federally-funded transportation policy-making organization that is made up of representatives from local government and transportation providers. The United States Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, which required the formation of an MPO for any urbanized area (UZA) with a population greater than 50,000.

Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process. Congress created MPOs in order to ensure that existing and future expenditures of governmental funds for transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3‑C”) planning process. Statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes are governed by federal law (23  U.S.C. §§ 134–135). Transparency through public access to participation in the planning  process and electronic publication of plans now is required by federal law.

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Member Entities

The Charlotte County MPO coordinates with the following local entities regarding the transportation network within the MPO’s planning area boundary. This boundary includes Charlotte County, the City of Punta Gorda, and the southwest portion of DeSoto County.


All About Acronyms 

Do you know your AAASWFL from your YOE? Click here for a guide to some acronyms the MPO works with on a daily basis.

Peggy Walters Award

July 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

At their Monday-July 30, 2018 MPO Board Meeting, MPO Board Chair Stephen R. Deutsch will be presenting the 2018 “Peggy Walters” Citizen Mobility Award to long serving Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) and Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee [...]

Committee Vacancies

April 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Three vacancies are open at this time. Please check Link for list of vacancies or Please contact Gene Klara or Wendy Scott of the MPO for more information at 941 883 3535

TAC/CAC Meetings

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The Technical Advisory Committee and Citizens Advisory Meetings are held at 25550 Harbor view Rd , Port Charlotte Fl 33980. The next TAC/CAC Meetings are on July 18,2018

MPO Board Meetings

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The next Charlotte County- Punta Gorda MPO meeting is on July 30, 2018  at 18500 Murdock Aministrative Building, Port Charlotte, FL 33984. Agenda

Project Priorities

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The MPO is required to annually develop a list of project priorities as part of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process and to submit the list to FDOT.  FDOT has asked that the priorities be [...]