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.

TAC/CAC Meetings

Technical Advisory Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are held at 25550 Harbor view Rd , Port Charlotte Fl 33980. The next TAC/CAC meetings are on January 16, 2019.

MPO Board Meetings

The next MPO Board meeting is on December 17, 2018 at 18500 Murdock Administrative Building, Port Charlotte, FL 33984.

Committee Vacancies

We have 2 vacancies for the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (two West County residents), 2 vacancies for the Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee (one for a Bicycle Club Representative and one for West County Rep) and one Local Coordinating Board (One for Disabled Rep for LCB). Please contact Gene Klara or Bekie […]

Transit Departments Dispatch Facilities Tour

Charlotte County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) members were provided a tour of the Transit Departments Dispatch Facilities during their November 7, 2018 meeting