A short video of Charlotte County – Punta Gorda MPO 2045 LRTP

What is an MPO?

Watch Director Gary Harrell explain the MPO in conversation with CCTV’s Elizabeth Billings

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.

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.

City of Punta Gorda Logo  Charlotte County Logo  Charlotte County Airport Authority Logo Florida Department of Transportation Logo

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MPO Board Meetings


We request that everyone Live Stream the Monday July 20, 2020 @ 2pm MPO Board meeting on CCTV-20. Please DO NOT attend the meeting in person. Public comments can be sent via EMAIL , we will make sure your comments will be addressed.

BPAC Meeting

The BPAC meeting scheduled for June 11, 2020 has been rescheduled.  The new BPAC meeting date is Thursday July 9, 2020.  At this time, it is unclear if we will meet in person (Cultural Center- 2 p.m.) or in a teleconference format.  Details of the meeting method will be posted at a later date.

TAC/CAC Meetings

The MPO will hold this meeting in a virtual format.  Persons wishing to provide public comment still will be allowed to do so by alternative means. Written comments may be submitted by either emailing the comments to office@ccmpo.com  or mailing the comments to the address below.  Comments must be received for the TAC meeting by 9 a.m. July 8 and for the CAC no later than 1 p.m. July 8.  The comments will be read by an MPO staff member during the meeting for that item to be placed in the record. . The next TAC meeting is on July 8, 2020 at 9:30am and CAC meeting is on July 8, 2020 at 1:30pm .

Committee Vacancies

We have a vacancy for a Mid County Representative for the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (must live Port Charlotte area) and for a person over sixty representing Elderly Interests for the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) (must live in Charlotte County). Please contact Gene Klara or Bekie Leslie for more information at (941) 883-3535. All vacancies are open until filled.

Mr. John Burrage receiving the 10th “Peggy Walters” Citizen Mobility Award from MPO Board members and MPO Director Gary Harrell at the July 29, 2019 MPO Board Meeting

How to use a Roundabout

Above video from FDOT explaining how to use a roundabout.