Welcome! The Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is YOUR link to state and federal transportation decision-making! We translate your local priorities in Charlotte County, Florida into state and federal transportation project funding.

Draft 2019 Public Participation Plan

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.

TIP – Public Meeting

Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board Meeting and Public Meetings for the amendment of the FY 2018/2019 – 2022/2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This TIP amendment includes the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Program of Projects (POP) for Section 5307 and 5310 Funding awarded to Charlotte County. The development of the TIP satisfies the federal public participation requirements for the POP. …… (more…)

MPO Board Meetings

The next MPO Board meeting is on May 6, 2019 at 18500 Murdock Administrative Building, Port Charlotte, FL 33984.

Committee Vacancies

We have two  vacancies on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (West County resident and a At- Large Representative). We also have a vacancy for a  Bicycle/Pedestrian  Advisory Committee ( West County Rep) .  Additionally there is an opening for a Disabled Representative on the Charlotte County Transit Local Coordinating Board (LCB).  Applicants for this position must have a recognized disability.  Please contact Gene Klara or Bekie Leslie for more information at (941) 883-3535. All Vacancies are open until filled.

TDP Workshops

Charlotte County Transit Development Plan (TDP) workshops will be held March 20, 2019:

  • 9:30 to 11:30am @ West County Annex Conference Room #120 6868 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224 Conference room # 120

  • 1:30-3:30pm @ Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

  • 5-7pm @ Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center 75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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