2045 LRTP COST FEASIBLE PLAN- Accepting Public Comments Until September 2, 2020
If you are reading this, you have expressed an interest in transportation planning in Charlotte County and we thank you for participating in this important planning activity. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated and valued.
I’d like to take a moment and provide to you some background as to why the MPO is conducting this public outreach. To receive Federal Transportation funding, the MPO is required to produce a Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and update this Plan at least every five years. This Plan is the most extensive and expensive planning effort we undertake at the MPO. The scope for this Plan covers all modes of transportation, including walking, biking, automobiles, buses, airplanes freight trucks and railroads. We have been working on this Plan for over a year and for those who have been part of the “ride” I welcome you back. If you are new, welcome aboard!
So where are we in this process? We have developed a Cost Feasible Plan that identifies what we believe will continue to be the most efficient investment in Charlotte County’s transportation system over the next 25 years. How we arrived here is outlined in the Route to 2045 LRTP Public Review Summary Report that is part of this webpage. The Report shows the progress made towards this Planning effort culminated in the Cost Feasible Plan that is part of the report.
Transportation planning is an active, changing and continually evolving effort. We believe that with the input you’ve over the past year that this Cost Feasible Report is a plan worthy for our outlook to 2045. However, as with any plan there may be items missed or that need refinement. That’s where you come in. Great ideas come from many sources and we are asking the public to review and give concurrence or criticism to the Cost Feasible Plan. No item is insignificant, for example if there is a needed connection for a sidewalk in your neighborhood please make that comment as your input will be “captured” in this Plan and will allow planners to investigate and fix what we might have missed as we go forward.
Please remember also that those projects that don’t make this “Cost Feasible Plan” may do so later in our next LRTP Update for 2050! We’ll just have to see how that works as we begin another LRTP in about four years from now, but for now we offer our sincere thanks for your participation in this important planning effort.
On behalf of the MPO Staff again THANK YOU for your efforts and ideas and please be assured your responses will be used by us to improve transportation in Charlotte County.
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.
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.
How to use a Roundabout
Above video from FDOT explaining how to use a roundabout.