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.
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.