Sep
24

30-day public comment period is NOW open for the Draft Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

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The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the updated DRAFT 2020 Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The document can be downloaded here https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/lrtp.

The purpose of the 2045 LRTP is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years. The 2045 LRTP must include robust public involvement to shape the final plan.

The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT Transform 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 8:00AM on Monday, October 26, 2020 when the official 30-day comment period closes. There is a copy available to view at the MPO Offices. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the LRTP:

  1. Leave a comment at https://www.mympo.org/m/mandates/lrtp
  2. Leave a voice comment by calling 855-925-2801, meeting code: 9698
  3. Email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. View a copy or Mail your comments to:
    1. ATTN: PUBLIC COMMENT FOR LRTP
    2. 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  5. Comment at the October 26, 2020 MPO Board Meeting

The MPO encourages everyone to become involved.  Your contribution ensures robust public participation in the MPO transportation planning process. Thank you for your involvement in transportation planning.

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May
29

What Are Your Transportation Priorities?

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Share your transportation priorities and Drive The Future by taking a 3-5 minute survey at https://publicinput.com/K420.

The survey is open through July 1 and will be used to identify transportation priorities and define which programs and projects will be submitted to state and federal transportation departments for funding.

You can also pinpoint transportation needs at specific geographic locations by visitinghttps://publicinput.com/R083 and commenting on your community needs map.

Why should I take the survey?

In the next 25 years, almost $5 Billion will be invested in the Sarasota/Manatee transportation system. Your input provided in this survey will be used to identify the community’s top transportation priorities, which will shape funding and future transportation plans in Sarasota and Manatee County.

“We are in the final steps of the Long Range Transportation Plan process, which means the public’s opinion is more crucial than ever,” said David Hutchinson, MPO Executive Director.  “The MPO has received many comments from the public about transportation projects and priorities. This is your opportunity to tell us about your priorities, share your opinions, and identify what’s important to you before the plan is complete.”

The purpose of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads, and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years.

To learn more about the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Long Range Transportation Plan, make comments, and take the survey, visithttps://publicinput.com/R083. To go directly to the survey, visit: https://publicinput.com/K420.

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Apr
23

Participate in the Virtual MPO Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on May 4, 2020

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The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access will be posted to the MPO website at www.mympo.org on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

For the protection of the community, all Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meetings will be available to the public online and by telephone to avoid convening more than ten people during the current COVID-19 State of Emergency from March 9 to May 8, 2020.  Public access and public comment opportunities will be provided as permitted in Executive Order 20-69 for local government meetings, allowing the use of communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing.

There are four (4) ways for the public to participate:

  • Written comments will be accepted before, during, and after the meeting. All written comments will be included as part of the official public record of the meeting. Please email Rachel McClain, Planning Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, email address, and phone number with your written comment. 
  • The TAC meeting will be live streamed on Monday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. The public can view the meeting and comment during the meeting using the comment box at https://publicinput.com/Q742.
  • The public may call-in by phone and leave voice comments. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.
  • For those wishing to address members of the TAC directly, you are requested to provide a written request in advance. Please email Rachel McClain, Planning Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4 for your comments to be distributed to TAC members prior to the meeting. Please provide the following information in the email:
    • Subject line (RE): PUBLIC COMMENT FOR MAY 4, 2020 VIRTUAL TAC MEETING
    • Please include the following information in the body of the email: 1) Name, email, and phone number; 2) The agenda item you wish to address; 3) A summary of your public comment (3000 character limit)
    • Following the receipt of the email, instructions will be sent on how to join the virtual meeting to speak once the Chair calls on you during the public comment period.

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed and enforced in the same manner as if the meeting were held in person.  During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received.

Any person with a disability requiring assistance, auxiliary aids, and services for this meeting should notify the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting by calling (941)-359-5772.

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Apr
10

45-day public review and comment period is NOW open for the Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan (PPP)

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The Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants everyone to contribute to the updated DRAFT 2020 Public Participation Plan (PPP). The document can be downloaded here https://www.mympo.org/files/40/Public-Participation-Plan/964/2020-DRAFT-Public-Participation-Plan.pdf

The PPP is the guide to involving the public in the MPO transportation planning process, major documents, projects, and programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPO updated information to include new tools, processes, and procedures when there is a declared state of emergency. The MPO wants to hear your input on the updated DRAFT PPP. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know by 5:00PM on Monday, May 25, 2020 when the official 45-day comment period closes. Here are four ways for the public to comment on the PPP:

  • Email your comments to Corinne Tucker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mail your comments
    • ATTN: PUBLIC COMMENT FOR PPP
    • 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  • Call Corinne Tucker at 941-359-5772
  • Comment at the April 20, 2020 Virtual MPO Board Meeting

The MPO encourages everyone to become involved.  Your contribution ensures robust public participation in the MPO transportation planning process. Thank you for your involvement in transportation planning.

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Feb
28

The public is encouraged to participate in a new social media campaign

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Community members are invited to share transportation related items they would like to see addressed in their area, relating to roads, bicycles, sidewalks, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports on MPO’s Facebook (@Transform2045), Instagram (@Transform.Tomorrow) and/or Twitter (@SaraManaMPO) pages using the hashtags #SolutionsAdvocate and #SaraManaMPO. Additionally, the public can post photos of themselves riding bikes, taking walks, scootering, rollerblading, taking the bus or other mobility options on MPO’s social media pages using the same hashtags. All community input will be considered as the region’s long-term plan takes shape throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and future transportation facilities are developed.

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Feb
28

Sarasota/Manatee MPO Seeks Community Input to Help Drive The Future of the Region’s Transportation Plan

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The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) recently unveiled the region’s transportation vision to elected officials and the general public at its “Drive The Future: Community TransForum” event. The “Drive The Future” campaign aims to finalize the community vision, increase awareness, and encourage positive support among stakeholders for the region’s long-term transportation needs. The Drive the Future: Community Vision survey is open to the public and may be taken now through March 20, 2020.

To take the survey, click here  or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VZFQ2X9

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Aug
06

Last Call: MPO survey ends August 31

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There is still time for members of the public to take the Transform Tomorrow survey. This is the community’s chance to tell the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) how they can improve transportation. Does the region need more cars? bike lanes? trails? buses? Individuals can participate in the survey and transform tomorrow’s transportation here, www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow. The survey closes on August 31.

There has been a tremendous response to the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) “Transform Tomorrow” General Survey, with over 1,000 surveys received to date. The responses from this survey will help the Sarasota/Manatee MPO understand the community’s transportation concerns, needs, and desires. It will also help the MPO understand attitudes toward potential solutions, and how those solutions should be prioritized. 

“We are receiving a lot of positive feedback from the survey and comments received from the Transform Tomorrow webpage on our website,” says David Hutchinson, MPO Executive Director. “We value citizen input. It helps us decide how to invest your tax dollars.” 

The purpose of the 2045 LRTP is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years. The 2045 LRTP must include robust public involvement to shape the final plan.

If you would like to get involved in Long Range Transportation planning:

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @Transform2045 and @TransformTomor1, respectively.
  • Visit the Transform Tomorrow page regularly www.mympo.org/transformtomorrow . This webpage holds key information on previous or upcoming events, materials, maps, and other LRTP related items.
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Aug
02

FDOT ANNOUNCES WEBSITE FOR FLORIDA MULTI-USE CORRIDORS OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE (M-CORES)

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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is announcing a new website for citizen engagement with the Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program, www.FloridaMCores.com.

The M-CORES program has multiple goals, including job creation, revitalizing rural communities, and to provide regional connectivity using technology to help enhance quality of life and public safety. During the process, protecting the environment and natural resources will be a priority. The objective of the program is to advance the construction of regional corridors that are intended to accommodate multiple modes of transportation and multiple types of infrastructure including broadband, sewage, water, and electric systems. The Department will form and use a task force for each corridor to make high level recommendations for their respective areas which include:

  • Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County
  • Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County
  • Northern Turnpike Connector, extending from the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway

“We are excited to launch the new website dedicated to communication and collaboration for the proposed corridors. The website is a great asset for sharing the latest information about the corridors and for announcing public meetings,” explains FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “It’s another forum for citizens to share their ideas. The Department places public engagement as one of the highest priorities and we welcome public feedback throughout this initial thirteen-month evaluation process. Very soon, we will announce all Task Force meetings and public workshops in various cities as we seek to hear the voices from all communities and stakeholders around the state.”

Citizens can email the Department with their questions and suggestions at FDOT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Apr
23

We want to hear from you!

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Sarasota, FL – The community is invited to participate in the Transform Tomorrow 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan General Survey. Feedback from the public will help the Sarasota/Manatee MPO understand the community’s transportation concerns, needs, and desires. It will also help the MPO understand attitudes toward potential solutions, and how those solutions should be prioritized. 

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization updates the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) every 5 years in order to account for geographic shifts in local demographics and changes to location of economic activities (employment, shopping, restaurants, etc), and we are going through this update process right now.

The purpose of the 2045 LRTP is to develop future transportation facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The LRTP must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. The plan includes at least twenty years and must be updated every five years. The 2045 LRTP must include robust public involvement to shape the final plan.

Residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties will have plenty of opportunities throughout 2020 to share their thoughts, comments, and concerns about transportation during the 2045 Long Range Plan Update process. Please click the link below to participate in our survey.

English Survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4922410/Transform-Tomorrow-General-Survey
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4951805/Transform-Tomorrow-Encuesta-General

If you would like to get involved in Long Range Transportation planning:

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @Transform2045 and @TransformTomor1, respectively.
  • Visit the Transform Tomorrow page regularly http://bit.ly/TransformTomorrow2045 . This webpage holds key information on previous or upcoming events, materials, maps, and other LRTP related items.
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