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.

Joint Charlotte County – Punta Gorda and Lee MPO Meeting

The Joint Charlotte County-Punta Gorda MPO and the Lee MPO Meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 meeting time has changed from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be at the Lee County Administration East Building, 2201 Second Street, Room # 118, Fort Myers, FL. AGENDA LINK

MPO Board Meetings

The next MPO Board meeting is on March 25, 2019 at 18500 Murdock Administrative Building, Port Charlotte, FL 33984.

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