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Community Invited to Shape Future of Transportation in Sarasota & Manatee Counties Through Short Survey

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Community Invited to Shape Future of Transportation in Sarasota & Manatee Counties Through Short Survey

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is working on defining a vision for the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Sarasota, FL – April 30, 2024 – The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is excited to announce the launch of Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, an initiative to shape the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee County. The public is invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding their ideal transportation future through the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, open now through June 15, 2024.

To take the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMMPO

Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, MPO’s 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), is a 3-phase project that serves as a pivotal blueprint for shaping the infrastructure of our region. The plan, once complete, will clearly outline the key projects and investments needed to improve mobility, safety, and accessibility across various transport modes—including roads, public transit, and paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

Developed through broad community involvement and detailed expert analysis, the 2050 LRTP is designed to boost economic growth and enhance the quality of life by creating a sustainable and efficient transportation network that meets the needs of both counties.

“Our recent initiatives, shaped by community input, have driven investments towards enhancing safety and improving the travel experience for everyone - that’s our main priority," says David Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO. “The 2050 LRTP is a regional commitment to meeting our community's needs, promoting sustainable practices, and improving the daily lives of our residents.”

Key Highlights of the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP):

  • The LRTP is updated every five years to reflect changes in demographics, economics, and community needs, ensuring it remains relevant and effective in guiding transportation planning.
  • The 2050 LRTP builds on the 2045 LRTP, which outlined nearly $2 billion worth of regional transportation projects with a focus on projects that encourage safety, reduce traffic congestion, and fix the most dangerous roads and intersections in the area.
  • The Phase 1 Visioning Survey will be used to better understand our community’s needs, values, and aspirations for a better transportation system.

To take the Phase 1 Visioning Survey, visit:

To learn more about Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow/2050 Long Range Transportation Plan, visit www.transform-tomorrow.com

 

About Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) coordinates regional transportation planning in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Governed by a 17-member board of elected officials and other representatives, the MPO collaborates with state and federal agencies to foster a comprehensive and cooperative planning process.

About 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Titled Invest Today, Transform Tomorrow, the 2050 LRTP shapes the future of transportation in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for the next three decades. It clearly outlines the key projects and investments needed to improve mobility, safety, and accessibility across various transport modes—including roads, public transit, and paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

The LRTP is a federally mandated document that addresses transportation issues and needs for no less than 20 years. The intent and purpose of the LRTP is to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of a cost-feasible intermodal transportation system that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight.

Developed through broad community involvement and detailed expert analysis, the 2050 LRTP is designed to boost economic growth and enhance the quality of life by creating a sustainable and efficient transportation network that meets the needs of both counties.

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