Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
The Sarasota/Manatee MPO developed the Active Transportation Plan to be used to direct future transportation decisions and funding for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities. Using federal and state guidelines, along with best practices and design standards, the plan is created as a means to influence future investment in a productive manner that supports the needs of the community. The ATP bolsters the connection between modes to create a multimodal infrastructure network that will make these modes safer, affordable, and more convenient for the users in the region.
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) decision to develop a bicycle, pedestrian and trails master plan was in response to community needs. Paramount among these needs was a desire to improve the safety for bicycle and pedestrian activities as well as greater integration with transit opportunities. This master plan identifies and prioritizes a list of projects that best meets those needs. It is important to note that this document represents the first standalone MPO planning document devoted entirely to establishing a regional vision for bicycle, pedestrian and trail facilities.
On October 24th, 2011, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Board passed a resolution to form the Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee (BPTAC). As a supporting Advisory Committee to the MPO, the BPTAC roles and responsibilities include:
The study area for the MPO BPTMP consists of Sarasota and Manatee Counties and the entire bicycle, pedestrian and trails network contained therein. The Master Plan will make recommendations for improvements to these networks that are primarily based on safety and connectivity.
A fundamental part of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) was the allocation of funds specifically for multimodal transportation improvements on the US 41 corridor. The 2035 LRTP identified the corridor from 17th Street in Palmetto to the Charlotte County line, including Business 41 in Bradenton and Venice, and the Venice Bypass. The Multi Modal Emphasis Corridor (MMEC) Program has been a continuing funding source for projects along the US 41 corridor for Sarasota and Manatee counties and has provided a renewed focus on urban revitalization. As an ongoing funding effort, the MPO will continue to prioritize the US 41 MMEC in the next LRTP.
The US 41 Multi Modal Emphasis Corridor Gap and Safety Analysis will review and update the US 41 MMEC plan program based on the findings and recommendations from our local agencies. In addition, this analysis will include a review of past and current projects utilizing the MPO’s project priorities and Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), along with local capital improvement programs to identify gaps in the US 41 corridor.
The Sarasota/Manatee MPO requested that the Department perform a comprehensive study to determine and resolve vehicle and bicycle/pedestrian circulation on the barrier islands. The MPO’s goal is to develop a comprehensive masterplan, through coordination with local stakeholders, to improve overall operations and circulation on the island. These can include, but are not limited to: traffic operations and patterns, land use changes, circulation on the island, parking limitations, bicycle/pedestrian interaction, transit, etc. This study will identify all key issues, as well as possible alternatives and recommendations.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Manatee County, the Cities of Palmetto and Bradenton, and the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (SM MPO) to conduct the Central Manatee Network Alternatives Analysis (CMNAA) Study.
The CMNAA study area is within the Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and in unincorporated Manatee County, Florida. The general study area boundaries are 26th Avenue W on the west, Ellenton-Gillette Road on the east, 17th Avenue W on the south, and 17th Street W on the north.
The study area is located south of Tampa, north of Sarasota, and east of the Gulf Coast beaches. Due to the location and geographic constraints, the arterial roadways in the study area play an important role in regional mobility. North/south and east/west vehicular capacity on the roadway network is constrained by the Manatee River.
The community has long looked to address mobility and accessibility concerns within and through the study area. Due to the social and economic impacts associated with previously proposed infrastructure investments to mitigate congestion across the river, the local partners requested a comprehensive alternatives analysis to address local and regional travel needs while supporting broader economic development goals.