Oct
04

MPO invites the public to Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop on October 21

Scenarios-Workshop Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop

Transform Tomorrow
Choose the future of transportation for Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Sarasota/Manatee, FL -- The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), invites the public to join elected officials, technical professionals, and members of the community to be a part of Choices: Scenario Planning Workshop held on October 21, 2019, 8:15 – 11:30 AM, at Manatee Technical College, Wagner Auditorium, 6305 E State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34203. Registration is now open. RSVP here https://2045choices.eventbrite.com

Participants will listen to the results of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) survey and how the responses were used to create future scenarios, learn about competing scenarios and explore the differences and how they will impact the future of transportation, and choose the future they want to see. This event is free and open to the public.

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. Keynote speakers were selected to engage you with a thought-provoking program to share their expertise on unique scenarios.

EVENT DATE AND TIME

EVENT LOCATION

October 21, 2019
8:15 – 11:30 AM

Manatee Technical College
Wagner Auditorium
6305 E State Road 70
Bradenton, FL 34203

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

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @Transform2045 and @saramanampo, 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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ABOUT US

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. MPO’s are established by state and federal laws and through interlocal agreement to provide a process for local governments within the region to coordinate with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The MPO planning process is continuing, comprehensive and cooperative. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is governed by a 17-member apportioned Board comprised of elected officials representing both counties, nine (9) cities, and a representative of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 Secretary serves as a non-voting advisor. For more information, visit http://mympo.org.

CONTACT:

Corinne Tucker
Public Involvement Coordinator
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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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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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Apr
19

Announcing the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan TransForum

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Sarasota, FL -- The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), invites you to be a part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan TransForum. Participants will learn more about transportation and will have the opportunity to tell us their transportation investment priorities during a planning activity. The TransForum will be held on April 22, 2019, 8:30 – 11:30 AM, at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. This event is free and open to the public.

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. Three keynote speakers were selected to engage you with a thought-provoking program to share their expertise on MPO planning focus areas.

Keynote speakers include Bob McQueen, Sean Sullivan, and Carolyn Griffin. Bob McQueen of Bob McQueen & Associates is highly experienced in smart city planning and technology acquisition advice. Bob will discuss smart city planning challenges and opportunities. The next speaker, Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Regional Council, has spent over 30 years working in the planning, land use, environmental, zoning and public transportation fields. He will discuss the importance of resilience and durability to extreme, especially in coastal communities. The last presenter, Carolyn Griffin, Director of Strategic Impact for United Way Suncoast, will discuss the Sarasota/Manatee region’s ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) reports and the importance of transportation planning for people who “make more than poverty, but less than enough to be self-sufficient.”

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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Apr
08

Are you ready to influence the future of transportation in your community?

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Are you ready to influence the future of transportation in your community?

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:

  • 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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Feb
28

Everything you want to know about Bus, Bike, Walk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Date:                February 28, 2019
Contact:          Corinne Tucker, Public Involvement Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:             941-359-5772
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TransForum: Neighborhoods – Bus, Bike, Walk
March 11, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Bayfront Community Center
803 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
https://www.mympo.org/component/eventbooking/lrtp/transforum-neighborhoods

Bring your friends, families, and neighbors to learn about different ways you can get around the region on the bus, your bike, and by foot. Help the community prioritize future walking, biking, and transit options. Find out more information on the natural beauty of The Legacy Trail and the trial extension plans. Hear more about the upcoming project on Myrtle Street from FDOT representatives. Meet and greet with organizations and groups who promote walking and bicycling.  Take this opportunity to get involved with the MPO, the City of Sarasota, and the Sarasota/Manatee regional community.

The public is invited to attend TransForum: Neighborhoods – Bus, Bike, Walk to discuss proposed connections to existing regional routes for safe walking, biking, and transit. This bi-county event is hosted by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in partnership with the City of Sarasota on March 11, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, at the Bayfront Community Center, 803 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

This event is part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Information gathered at this event will feed into the 25-year long range transportation for the Manatee and Sarasota region. The purpose of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO 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.

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Feb
22

Sarasota/Manatee MPO launches Transform Tomorrow, the identity behind your 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Guests and Five Futurists attending the Southwest Florida 2045 TransForum on January 28, 2019.

January 28, 2019, a crowd of over 130 people from 40 unique areas inside and outside of Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District 1 gathered at the Venice Community Center to participate in the Southwest Florida 2045 TransForum. Each guest had the opportunity to meet and engage Five Futurists who set the stage for long range transportation planning. The first futurist, Alice Ancona, started the conversation by sharing with the audience aspects of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s long range plan. She explained the six engines for change and The Florida Scorecard.

The next futurist, Wayne Gaither, expanded the conversation to include transportation. Mr. Gaither discussed future considerations of FDOT. He shared information on Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), an advanced technology program set to optimize the performance of existing multimodal infrastructure through implementation of systems, services, and projects to improve safety, security, reliability, and capacity of our transportation system.

Dave Sanford, the third futurist, discussed the future needs of Port Manatee. He discussed the future expansion of Port Manatee as the demand for fuel and goods continue to grow throughout the Southwest Florida region. Ben Walker, the fourth futurist, captivated the audience in an autonomous vehicle discussion. He explained the infrastructure needs, the policy needs, and the future demand for Autonomous/Connected/Electric/Shared-use vehicles.

Mark Bontrager, the fifth futurist, shared the future of space tourism and air space. Private sector investors are leading space travel while public sector takes steps back. He explained the future of space tourism included more university involvement and research.

Alice Ancona wrapped up the event discussing industry disruption and innovation. She asked, “How do you plan for something like that when innovation is happening simultaneously across multiple industry sectors that impact how people move, how people visit, and also demographics?”

This question is something the MPO must keep into consideration as the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) process moves forward. 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. Taking all these factors into consideration, the identity for the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s 2045 LRTP is Transform Tomorrow. Transform Tomorrow Logo

Transform Tomorrow embodies the true nature of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) development process. This tagline empowers you to shape this plan and the future of regional transportation. There will be several community forums, events, workshops, and surveys for you to attend, provide comments, recommendations, and ideas on how you want to transform tomorrow.

Leigh Holt, Sarasota/Manatee MPO Strategic Planning Manager, insists, “the regional community can learn more about future transportation needs and influence the investments the MPO makes over the next twenty-five years. People can really have an impact and pave the way to Transform Tomorrow.”

In partnership with the City of Sarasota, the next Transform Tomorrow engagement opportunity, TRANSFORUM: NEIGHBORHOODS | Bus, Bike, Walk, will be held on March 11th in the Bayfront Community Center, 803 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. This event will showcase the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) that includes bicycling, walking, and transit. The plan identifies a system of existing and proposed bicycling and pedestrian facilities connecting to transit that serve the needs of Manatee and Sarasota County residents and visitors.

You are invited to share your ideas, provide comments on proposed projects, learn more about the MPO and the transportation planning process, and transform tomorrow. The meeting is an open house format from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Don't miss your chance to shape the future.

Connect and engage in the region’s long-range transportation planning. First, follow the Facebook and Twitter accounts, @Transform2045 and @TransformTomor1, respectively. Then, visit the Transform Tomorrow page regularly http://bit.ly/TransformTomorrow2045 . The webpage holds key information on previous or upcoming events, materials, maps, and other LRTP related items.

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All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard on each of the above items.  Written comments filed with the MPO will be considered.  Copies of all the above proposed documents are available by calling the MPO Office at 941-359-5772.

This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Laws, Florida Statutes, and MPO Policy. No stenographic record by a certified court reporter is made of this meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decisions involving the matter noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at this meeting upon which any appear is to be based.

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 he/she has 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 Leigh Holt at 941-359-5772 or by writing her at 7632 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243.

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