Sarasota, FL – The public is invited to join Manatee and Sarasota County and City Elected Officials, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 to begin the process of prioritizing regional transportation needs for 2045. On April 22, 2019, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM, the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan TransForum will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.
Space is limited, please make sure to reserve your seat today.
Register here http://bit.ly/2045LRTPTransForum
Regional transportation challenges include, reducing traffic delays so employees can get to work on time, improving public transportation, making sure it is safe to walk and bike in the region, ensuring there are safe routes to school for children, and managing stormwater and flooding on the roads. Keeping these in mind, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO uses a process that looks to the regional community to direct the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan.
“We need local government entities and the community at large to tell us their priorities and where we should be spending our money,” says Leigh Holt, MPO Strategic Planning Manager, “It is our job to listen and to hear what they have to say. The reality is, their participation influences the outcome of the MPO Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)”
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 1, is encouraging communities to combine Land Use and Transportation planning. Following FDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be discussing the connection between transportation and land use at the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan TransForum.
A FDOT report on Florida Transportation Trends and Conditions: Impact of Transportation; Transportation and Land Use (2014) reads, “- reducing traffic congestion, increasing use of public transportation, improving roadway safety, lowering emissions, containing public costs, sustaining economic growth, promoting livable communities, preserving natural areas and resources – is enhanced with effective land use and transportation coordination.”
If you would like to get involved in Long Range Transportation planning:
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