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Federal Certification

Federal Law requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to jointly certify the transportation planning processes of Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) at least every four years (a TMA is an urbanized area, as defined by the US Census, with a population over 200,000). A certification review generally consists of four primary activities: a site visit; a review of planning documents (in advance of the site visit); a FHWA/FTA certification report; and a certification review closeout presentation.

2021 Certification Site Review Agenda
2021 Certification Site Review Presentation

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites you to the Quadrennial Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration Certification Review. The Certification Review will be on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM with an Open House from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the MPO Office, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243. The review is intended to improve the overall quality of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s transportation planning process.

Members are welcome to participate at the staff level discussion with the MPO, FDOT, and Federal Review team from 9:00AM to 2:30 PM. Members and citizens wishing to address the Federal Review Team can do so at the Open House starting at 4:00 PM.

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

  1. In person at the MPO Offices, 8100 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243.
  2. The Certification Review and the Open House will both be live streamed on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at their respective times. The public can view the meetings and comment using the comment box at
  3. The public may call-in by phone and leave comments via voicemail. Telephone Number 1-855-925-2801; Meeting code 8196.

FDOT Joint Certification

Each year, the District and the MPO must jointly certify the metropolitan transportation planning process as described in 23 C.F.R. §450.336. The joint certification begins in January. This allows time to incorporate recommended changes into the Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The District and the MPO create a joint certification package that includes a summary of noteworthy achievements by the MPO and, if applicable, a list of any recommendations and/or corrective actions. The District will include the signed joint certification package in its submittal of the Final UPWP, which is due no later than June 1.