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Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Hosts an Open House

Open-House

Quadrennial Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration Certification Review Site Visit

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites the public to an Open House on Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM located at the MPO Offices, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243, or virtually as detailed below.

From 4:00 – 5:00 PM, the public is invited to join representatives from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), technical professionals, and elected officials to view the new MPO office, learn more about regional transportation, and meet and greet with MPO Staff.

From 5:00 – 6:00 PM, representatives from FHWA and FTA will open a public meeting where the public is invited to speak about their experiences working with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO.

There are three (3) ways for the public to participate:

  1. In person at the MPO Offices.
  2. The Open House will be live streamed on Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  3. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at 941-359-5772 at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status may file a complaint with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Title VI Coordinator by calling 941-359-5772 or in writing mailed to Sarasota/Manatee MPO, ATTN: Title VI Coordinator, at 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

ABOUT QUADRENNIAL FHWA/FTA CERTIFICATION REVIEW SITE VISIT

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must jointly certify Transportation Management Areas' (TMA) planning processes nationwide.  TMAs are urbanized areas with a population of 200,000 or more.

The FHWA/FTA Certification Review site visit focuses on gathering input and examples on the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's various approaches, activities, and issues implementing a cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing planning process, known as the "3-C" planning process. 

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This review is intended to improve the overall quality of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO's transportation planning process. The primary activities during the Certification Review site visit are as follows:

  1. Staff-level discussions with representatives from the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, FDOT and other regional planning agencies;
  2. Discussions with local elected and/or appointed officials; and
  3. Discussions with Sarasota and Manatee County citizens.
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